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    1. April 28, 2015

      Chechnya’s economic recovery tested by slowdown

      The women in colourful headscarves laugh and chat as they harvest the cucumbers and pack them into boxes, stacked up in the...

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      March 18, 2015

      Guest post: how did Russia's RNCB avoid Ukraine-related sanctions for so long?

      By Andrew Foxall of The Henry Jackson Society Unwilling to go to war with Russia, the west’s main levers for persuading...

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    1. March 1, 2015

      Sergei Pugachev says he can no longer afford lawyers

      Sergei Pugachev, the exiled Russian oligarch once known as the banker to the Kremlin, says he is being forced to represent...

    2. January 23, 2015

      Russian banker warns west over Swift

      One of Russia’s top bankers on Friday warned that excluding the country from the Swift banking payment system would be...

    3. January 11, 2015

      Russian SWFs look vulnerable as sanctions bite

      Moscow may be forced to drain the assets of Russia’s two sovereign wealth funds in order to ensure the survival of some of...

    4. December 31, 2014

      Russia takes steps to prop up struggling companies

      Russia has moved to support a number of large companies and banks as it tries to prop up a struggling economy and a banking...

    5. December 8, 2014

      Petropavlovsk shares plunge on $235m refinancing plan

      Petropavlovsk, the struggling Russian gold miner, has set out plans for a deeply discounted rights issue, as part of a...

    6. October 16, 2014

      Russia takes EU to court over Ukraine sanctions

      Russia is taking the EU to court over sanctions imposed on some of its biggest companies. The move is a sign of the pain...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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”...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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