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    1. May 29, 2015

      Nemtsov ally in critical condition in Moscow

      A Russian opposition activist and associate of the murdered politician Boris Nemtsov was in a critical condition with...

    2. May 29, 2015

      Midnight feast with vodka helped win World Cup for Russia

      In July 2001, Sepp Blatter and a group of world football officials became stranded on a dirt road outside Moscow in the...

    3. May 29, 2015

      Fifa turmoil draws in Russia and Qatar

      The turmoil at Fifa has again highlighted the decision to award the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia...

    4. The World

      May 29, 2015

      Fighting the crisis of liberalism, one suicide-bomber joke at a time

      There are drawbacks to being a satirist from a deeply authoritarian state. Exile is a frequent consequence. But it has its...

    5. May 29, 2015

      Blatter wins fifth term as Fifa presidency in closer than expected vote

      Sepp Blatter has won a fifth term as president of Fifa after his challenger conceded following an inconclusive first ballot....

    6. May 28, 2015

      Russia censors discussion of involvement in Ukraine

      Russia has made it a crime to speak, write or broadcast about Russian troop losses in peacetime and about people...

    7. beyondbrics

      May 28, 2015

      Why are EM forex reserves in a sustained decline?

      Emerging market (EM) official foreign exchange (FX) reserves have been falling steadily by an average of $58bn a month...

    8. May 28, 2015

      Fifa corruption probe: Vladimir Putin accuses US of meddling

      The Fifa corruption probe turned into another cold war-style quarrel between Russia and the US on Thursday, as President...

    9. May 27, 2015

      Fifa elite try to put on brave face after shock at dawn raids

      The 700 or so people who run world football huddled in Zurich hotel lobbies and conference rooms on Wednesday, trying to...

    10. May 27, 2015

      Fifa president Sepp Blatter plays a long game

      The scenes from Zurich looked like a revolution, akin to the long-awaited fall of a hated regime. Swiss police, acting on a...

    11. May 27, 2015

      Trafigura becomes major exporter of Russian oil

      Swiss commodity trader Trafigura has become a major exporter of Russian oil as sanctions have squeezed Kremlin-backed...

    12. May 27, 2015

      Ukraine takes ‘odious’ path to default

      Ukraine’s decision last week to grant its government the power to stop foreign debt payments marks a distinct shift in tone...

    13. The World

      May 27, 2015

      Fifa's day of reckoning

      Charges of corruption have swirled around Fifa for many years. Now with the arrest of senior officials at football’s world...

    14. May 27, 2015

      US indicts 14 over ‘rampant’ Fifa corruption

      US indicts 14 over ‘rampant’ Fifa corruption Fifa executives took bribes worth well over $150m in a culture of “rampant,...

    15. May 26, 2015

      Russia no longer wants French-made Mistral helicopter carriers

      Russia is no longer interested in receiving the two helicopter carrier ships ordered from France but which Paris held back...

    16. May 26, 2015

      Russia says it is not ‘right time’ to deliver missiles to Iran

      Russia says it will not deliver high-end air defence missiles to Iran in the near future, despite last month lifting an...

    17. May 25, 2015

      The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, has long enjoyed a reputation for being an indefatigable diplomat, engaging in shuttle...

    18. May 25, 2015

      Europe steps up fight over cheap steel imports

      Steelmakers in Europe are counting on stronger protective measures in the fight against cheap imports of steel, especially...

    19. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection and...

    20. May 22, 2015

      Russian retail sales and real wages plummet

      Russian consumers drastically cut spending last month as real wages plummeted, suggesting that hopes of a looming turnround...

    21. May 22, 2015

      Transcript of interview with Arseniy Yatseniuk

      Financial Times: Do you have a particular message for EU leaders at the Riga summit? Arseniy Yatseniuk: Act boldly and...

    22. May 21, 2015

      Ukraine’s Arseniy Yatseniuk urges EU leaders not to fear Russia

      Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has urged European leaders not to be “scared” of Russia or of enlarging the EU to...

    23. May 21, 2015

      IMF predicts upturn for Russian economy after 3.4% fall this year

      The Russian economy is set to contract by 3.4 per cent this year but will rebound in 2016, posting 0.2 per cent growth, the...

    24. May 21, 2015

      Raiffeisen and Erste: battling

      For years they were Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee. Raiffeisen and Erste, two Austrian banks with big operations in central and...

    25. May 21, 2015

      Russians confronted by the ultimate test of loyalties

      As Russia became embroiled in the war in Ukraine last summer, Olga Talalay jumped at the chance to escape the politics of...

    26. May 21, 2015

      Raiffeisen insists no pressure to raise capital

      Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International insisted it was under “no pressure whatsoever” to accelerate efforts to boost...

    27. FT Alphaville

      May 21, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Thursday, - Really big bank fines: we’re past the point that anyone cares about the details. - Bad information...

    28. May 20, 2015

      Germany to pay €10m in compensation to Soviet prisoners-of-war

      Germany is planning to pay €10m in compensation to former Soviet prisoners of war, signalling that present-day tension with...

    29. May 20, 2015

      Only high-level talks can penetrate the fog of war

      Has Vladimir Putin scored a diplomatic victory against the Obama administration? Until last week, Washington was...

    30. May 20, 2015

      Russia weighs on EU’s eastern ambitions

      The last time EU leaders met the six former Soviet countries in the bloc’s Eastern Partnership programme in Vilnius,...

    31. May 19, 2015

      Norilsk Nickel looks to China with new copper mine

      Norilsk Nickel is in advanced talks with Chinese companies in the hope of securing financing for a large new copper mine, in...

    32. May 19, 2015

      Rosneft trading expansion plans hit by western sanctions

      Sanctions have stopped Russia’s state-controlled oil group Rosneft expanding its trading operations, the company revealed on...

    33. FT Alphaville

      May 19, 2015

      Moratorium on Moscow?

      On May 28, Ukraine will pay $88m in interest on its $2.25bn bond due 2022. On June 20, it will also pay a $75m coupon on...

    34. May 18, 2015

      Russia accuses west of stirring revolution in Macedonia

      Macedonia is emerging as a potential flashpoint in a geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the west, with Moscow...

    35. May 18, 2015

      US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe

      The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline next...

    36. May 18, 2015

      Russian rocket failures raise questions for satellite makers

      On Saturday morning, the fiery remains of a rocket fell over Siberia as the latest attempt to establish an orbital ring of...

    37. beyondbrics

      May 18, 2015

      Russia: economy in tatters, or business as usual?

      Much has been said over the last six months about the collapse of the Russian economy as a result of sanctions and the...

    38. May 18, 2015

      Rouble strength poses challenge for Russia’s central bank

      The rouble rose to its highest level against the dollar in nearly six months on higher oil prices, negating attempts by...

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