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  1. July 29, 2014

    Russian state banks and corporate sector likely to suffer

    As the EU moves forward with sectoral sanctions targeting Russian state-controlled lenders, the results could be...

  2. June 29, 2014

    Russian bond issuance sparks optimism

    The successful launch of euro-denominated bonds by two Russian banks has fuelled hopes that an easing of tensions in Ukraine...

Special Reports

  1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

    The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
  2. Investing in Russia 2012

    It is becoming clear that the flirtation with political reform under Dmitry Medvedev w...
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  1. June 27, 2014

    Investment focus: Russia

    Moscow feels chill of sanctions threat It may have been a mild winter by Russian standards, but it has been a chilling few...

  2. FT Alphaville

    June 24, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville reminder: Eight days to go (Details here) Markets: Japanese stocks dropped following indications the Bank of...

  3. June 23, 2014

    Sberbank in €1bn issuance as tensions ease

    Russia’s largest lender has returned to global bond markets for the first time since the country’s confrontation with...

  4. May 23, 2014

    Russia’s version of Davos serves up opulence and unease

    As they arrived at the Peterhof Palace on Thursday night, guests were greeted by the sounds of Handel’s Water Music and...

  5. April 22, 2014

    Russian bank launches post-Crimea bond

    A Russian bank in the oil-rich region of Tatarstan has become the country’s first lender to issue a dollar-denominated bond...

  6. March 27, 2014

    Sberbank subsidiary in fund-raising deal

    The Austrian subsidiary of Sberbank, the state-owned Russian bank, has shrugged off the escalation in global political...

  7. March 24, 2014

    Jean-Laurent Bonnafé brings scientific approach to BNP Paribas

    French banks love a good engineer. Their training in mathematics and science makes them well suited to the complexities of...

  8. March 4, 2014

    Western banks count cost of Ukraine crisis

    Western banks are counting the cost of a worsening crisis in Ukraine and potential sanctions against Russia, countries where...

  9. March 2, 2014

    Raiffeisen hopeful on Ukraine bank sale despite economic crisis

    It is hardly the best time to be selling a Ukrainian bank. But that is exactly what Raiffeisen Bank International is trying...

  10. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    Credit Bank of Moscow looks to IPO in London

    By Ben Aris of bne in Moscow Unless you live in Moscow and are in the retail business, you probably haven’t heard of...

  11. December 31, 2013

    Oleg Korzhov to take over at Mechel following Mikhel resignation

    Mechel has replaced its chief executive as the heavily leveraged Russian steel and coking coal producer looks to tackle its...

  12. beyondbrics

    November 24, 2013

    The week ahead: Nov 25-30

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Putin visits the Pope and the EU eastern partnership summit in Lithuania: Georgia and...

  13. November 12, 2013

    Sberbank chief calls for reform as Russian GDP disappoints

    The head of Russia’s largest bank has called for a new round of decisive reforms to reinvigorate the country’s private...

  14. October 7, 2013

    VTB sells 10% stake in SocGen’s Rosbank

    VTB, Russia’s second-biggest bank, has confirmed that it will sell its entire 10 per cent stake in the Russian unit of...

  15. September 24, 2013

    SocGen on the lookout for a partner in eastern Europe

    Société Générale is looking for a partner in eastern Europe to accelerate its penetration of the region and to support the...

  16. September 24, 2013

    SocGen looks east to seal transformation

    Société Générale has had a rocky time in eastern Europe. Operations in recession-hit Romania have struggled to turn a profit...

  17. beyondbrics

    September 23, 2013

    Potash row: Belaruskali needs a lifeline

    Belaruskali, Belarus’s state-owned potash miner, has been badly hit by its nearly two-month-long dispute with Uralkali, its...

  18. August 22, 2013

    Russia relatively calm amid emerging market turmoil

    India and Turkey have seen steep falls in their currency over recent weeks, amid turmoil in the emerging markets, but the...

  19. August 1, 2013

    Olympics: Before the gold rush

    Five years ago, Sergei Bachin did not even know how to ski. It was not that he simply had never bothered or had tried and...

  20. July 2, 2013

    VTB: Growing pains

    Growing pains, or something more serious? VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank by assets, is preparing itself for difficulties...

  21. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2013

    Russia's WTO entry: one year on, business is disappointed

    Painful as the WTO? By Ben Aris of bne It took Russia 18 years to get into the World Trade Organisation, but as the first...

  22. June 17, 2013

    In search of the clever country

    As deputy chief of staff to three Russian presidents from 1999-2011, Vladislav Surkov worked for more than a decade to...

  23. beyondbrics

    June 14, 2013

    Russian SOEs: show us the divvy!

    Russia’s finances are being squeezed by a contraction in economic growth and faltering oil prices. So what better time for...

  24. beyondbrics

    June 4, 2013

    Belarus's unlikely hotel boom

    It is no secret that many multinational companies avoid Belarus because of the unfavourable reputation of the country’s...

  25. May 31, 2013

    Sergei Guriev re-elected to Sberbank board

    Sergei Guriev, a liberal economist who fled Russia after being interrogated by police in April, was re-elected to the...

  26. beyondbrics

    May 31, 2013

    Guriev wins Sberbank AGM vote

    By Ben Aris of bne There was high drama at Sberbank‘s AGM on Friday when celebrity economist Sergei Guriev was voted back on...

  27. May 30, 2013

    Guriev’s flight

    Vladimir Putin can no longer claim to be maintaining even the appearance of democratic government as he conducts a campaign...

  28. May 29, 2013

    Prominent economist flees Russia

    A prominent economist has stood down from a number of his posts and left Russia after being interviewed by police...

  29. May 27, 2013

    Suleiman Kerimov’s motives eyed in ENRC deal

    The struggle over a buyout of minority investors by the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has focused attention on the...

  30. May 14, 2013

    Rusal increases profits amid falling aluminium prices

    Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal on Tuesday reported a better than expected net profit of $52m, yet concerns remain about the...

  31. May 9, 2013

    Central and eastern Europe to outpace west as lenders think local

    The shadows that gathered last year over central and eastern Europe (CEE) have, little by little, started to recede. This...

  32. May 9, 2013

    Russia: State duopoly maintains its grip

    With two big state-owned players, Sberbank and VTB, dominating the Russian banking market with 60-70 per cent of deposits,...

  33. May 8, 2013

    Russia reforms fail to win over investors

    For the past four years, the Kremlin has been pouring time and money into turning Moscow into an international financial...

  34. April 11, 2013

    Citigroup to sell Turkish consumer business

    Citigroup has agreed to sell its Turkish consumer business to DenizBank, the Russian-owned lender, the banks announced on...

  35. beyondbrics

    April 5, 2013

    Sberbank spreads its wings with Boeing leasing deal

    Sberbank is moving from finance to operations in Russia’s booming air travel market. The bank has placed an order with US...

  36. March 19, 2013

    Russian business deals on hold

    Billions of dollars in Russian business transactions via Cyprus are on hold because of the shutdown of the country’s...

  37. March 18, 2013

    Russia attacks Cypriot bank levy

    Russia on Monday blasted a proposed €5.8bn levy on Cypriot bank deposits by the EU, warning that a planned €10bn bailout is...

  38. March 17, 2013

    Deripaska hits out over Russia’s ills

    For a businessman renowned for steering clear of politics, Oleg Deripaska, chief executive of Rusal, is unusually frank...

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