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  1. July 30, 2014

    Doubts raised over Qatar interest in VTB bond issue

    Sanctions imposed on the Russian bank VTB have thrown into doubt interest from one of the institution’s key shareholders in...

  2. July 30, 2014

    Russian institution set for slower growth amid reduced role

    For four months, senior executives at Russian lender VTB dismissed the risk that the bank could be hit by US or EU...

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  1. July 30, 2014

    Russian bank VTB remains ‘confident’ amid sanctions

    VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank, stood defiant on Wednesday in the face of sanctions the EU and US are to impose on it and...

  2. 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...

  3. July 21, 2014

    Osborne warns UK on financial impact of Russian sanctions

    George Osborne has warned that Britain must be prepared to take an economic hit under a tougher sanctions regime against...

  4. July 17, 2014

    US uses capital markets sanctions to cut deep into Russian economy

    For weeks, the Obama administration has been searching for “scalpel” sanctions that will cut deep into Russia’s companies...

  5. July 17, 2014

    Court freezes assets of ‘Putin’s banker’ after lender’s collapse

    A UK court has issued an order freezing assets worth more than $2bn belonging to Sergei Pugachev, nicknamed “Putin’s banker”...

  6. June 8, 2014

    Russian companies prepare to pay for trade in renminbi

    Russian companies are preparing to switch contracts to renminbi and other Asian currencies amid fears that western sanctions...

  7. April 10, 2014

    Russia’s VTB chief accuses Bank of England of meddling

    The head of Russia’s second-largest bank by assets has accused the Bank of England of politically-motivated interference...

  8. April 4, 2014

    Russian bank VTB Capital cuts NY and London operations

    VTB Capital has cut its operations in London and New York in a move that highlights how Russia’s second-biggest bank has...

  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. December 18, 2013

    Tele2 Russia faces up to competition

    When Rostelecom, Russia’s state-controlled telecoms group, approved the merger of its mobile business into rival Tele2...

  11. December 2, 2013

    Putin condemns popular protests in Ukraine as ‘pogroms’

    Russia’s president Vladimir Putin condemned the popular protests in Ukraine as “pogroms” on Monday as Moscow struggled with...

  12. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2013

    Postman Pop

    Since the Business Select Committee was, at pixel time, picking over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply… Here’s a...

  13. beyondbrics

    November 6, 2013

    Guest post: the pitfalls of Russia's privatisation programme

    By Pavel Morozov of State Solutions Russia’s heavily trailed privatisation programme, the scale of which has not been seen...

  14. October 17, 2013

    Tele2 sale lifts Russia competition hopes

    VTB has sold 50 per cent of mobile operator Tele2 Russia to billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk and partners, paving the way for the...

  15. October 10, 2013

    Deutsche Bank and Russian fund take Rostelecom stake

    Deutsche Bank and Russia’s $10bn sovereign wealth fund are buying a joint stake in Rostelecom ahead of a planned...

  16. FT Alphaville

    October 7, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff asks if anyone really knows how the Treasury’s payment systems would work in...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. September 8, 2013

    Konstantin Malofeev, Marshall Capital Partners

    With his monk-like visage – dark hair, slightly shaggy beard – Konstantin Malofeev could be a dead ringer from Father Zosima...

  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 27, 2013

    Corporate watch: Russian Towers plans to dominate telecoms landscape

    By Ben Aris of bne Russian mobile phone operators just launched their first 4G networks and the biggest cities are due to be...

  22. June 17, 2013

    Retail: Baby boom is a windfall for children’s products

    A line of cots draped in white organza fills the window of a Detsky Mir (Children’s World) store on a dusty highway in north...

  23. beyondbrics

    June 5, 2013

    Russia: VTB's Kostin proposes paying dividends in stock

    Heavyweight banker Andrei Kostin has waded into the debate about the Kremlin-led pressure on Russian companies to boost...

  24. May 28, 2013

    Wealth funds buy into VTB $3.3bn share issue

    Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is now the second-largest investor after the state in VTB, Russia’s state bank, following the...

  25. 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...

  26. May 20, 2013

    Qatar snaps up stakes in key lenders

    Qatar is launching another multi-billion dollar push into the banking sector, buying fresh stakes in Russia’s VTB and...

  27. 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,...

  28. April 29, 2013

    SWFs to invest in Russian bank VTB via $3.3bn share issue

    Sovereign wealth funds from Norway, Qatar and Azerbaijan are set to become new investors in VTB, Russia’s second largest...

  29. April 26, 2013

    Russia’s VTB set for $3.3bn secondary share offer

    VTB, the Russian state-owned lender, has finalised plans for a secondary public offering in May in which it will try to...

  30. April 15, 2013

    Russian blogger faces corruption trial

    Drawing furiously on a marker board, Russian blogger and opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny sketches out a tapestry of...

  31. April 7, 2013

    Tele2 seeks European acquisitions

    Tele2 will seek further acquisitions in the European telecoms market after completing the rapid sale of its Russian business...

  32. April 5, 2013

    Cash-laden oligarchs hunt pastures new

    Hours after Rosneft finalised a deal to buy out the oligarch founders of rival oil producer TNK-BP last month, Mikhail...

  33. April 3, 2013

    VTB given go-ahead for Tele2 deal

    Russian state bank VTB has received permission by Russian regulators to acquire the Russia business of Tele2, the...

  34. March 28, 2013

    Russian oil cash fuels mobile bidding war

    A bidding war between Russian groups for Sweden's Tele2 Russia mobile phone operator erupted on Thursday, a day after it...

  35. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Cyprus braced for outflow of money * Stocks mixed as eurozone worries linger * China wealth management rules hit shares *...

  36. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2013

    London headlines

    * Iraq fears spread of Syrian violence * Syrians clash with Turkish police * Shares in TNK-BP offshoot fall * Standard Life:...

  37. March 27, 2013

    Tele2 sells Russian arm to VTB

    Swedish telecoms group Tele2 is to sell its Russian mobile operator Tele2 Russia to local bank VTB for $3.55bn, in one of...

  38. March 25, 2013

    Russians seek ways to beat Cyprus curbs

    With most banks in Cyprus due to reopen on Thursday, the island’s many Russian depositors are scheming ways to beat the...

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