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    1. December 19, 2014

      Through the looking glass: the Kremlin struggles to restore calm

      At a lengthy news conference in Moscow on Thursday, Vladimir Putin fielded a question about his status as Russia’s most...

    2. The World

      December 19, 2014

      Putin treats Russia's oligarchs to a free supper

      After watching their fortunes nosedive over the past year on the back of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and adventures in...

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    1. December 19, 2014

      A falling oil price is good for the world economy

      Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear. But what about for...

    2. beyondbrics

      December 19, 2014

      Belarus: kicking the rouble when it's down

      In a dreadful week for the rouble, Alexander Lukashenka, the president of Belarus, has gone out of his way to make matters...

    3. December 19, 2014

      Bric funds dodge Russia bullet

      Funds investing in the once-fashionable “Bric” groupings of countries have dodged the worst effects of the Russian crisis by...

    4. December 19, 2014

      Renault-Nissan suspends orders for some cars in Russia

      Renault-Nissan has suspended taking orders from customers for some cars sold in Russia amid a deepening of the country’s...

    5. December 19, 2014

      In Putin’s Russia, risk takes you

      Officially, Russia is a creditor to the rest of the world. This may have been easy to forget during the last week. Extreme...

    6. beyondbrics

      December 19, 2014

      Hello 2015: Russian equities - time to buy?

      Russian asset prices have taken a severe battering this year and are now ranked as among the cheapest in the world. The...

    7. December 19, 2014

      Belarus slaps 30% tax on foreign currency purchases

      Belarus has imposed a 30 per cent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 per cent as the...

    8. December 19, 2014

      Lunch with the FT: Mikhail Khodorkovsky

      Given what he has lived through, Mikhail Khodorkovsky can perhaps be forgiven a few indulgences. One of those is a good...

    9. December 19, 2014

      Mikhail Khodorkovsky offers himself as Russia’s ‘crisis manager’

      Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oligarch who became Russia’s most famous political prisoner, is proposing himself as a...

    10. December 19, 2014

      US funds to stand by Russia despite losses

      Some of the fund managers most heavily exposed to Russian stocks are promising to stick with the country, despite currency...

    11. December 19, 2014

      Fifa to publish controversial report into World Cup bids

      Fifa has decided to publish the controversial report into World Cup bidding allegations, but the scale of publication and...

    12. December 19, 2014

      ‘Putin’s banker’ loses $2bn UK court fight

      Sergei Pugachev, the man once known as Putin’s banker, has lost his legal challenge to overturn a UK court order freezing...

    13. FT Alphaville

      December 19, 2014

      FirstFT (the new Lunch Wrap)

      Soaring Santa Rally, a defiant Russian bear and freelance elves The traditional Santa rally seems finally to be here ,...

    14. beyondbrics

      December 19, 2014

      Hello 2015: the tide turns against Vladimir Putin in Ukraine

      By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta In a Slovyansk café bar this month I received a rude wake-up call about the...

    15. December 19, 2014

      City Insider: To Russia with love

      Lars Windhorst: To Russia with love To the Natural History Museum and racy German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst’s Christmas...

    16. December 19, 2014

      City Insider: To Russia with love

      Lars Windhorst: To Russia with love To the Natural History Museum and racy German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst’s Christmas...

    17. December 19, 2014

      EU leaders hold firm on Kremlin sanctions

      EU leaders continued to push Russia to back down from its aggression inside Ukraine, signalling that they were not prepared...

    18. December 18, 2014

      The most popular stories of 2014

      These were the most popular stories on FT.com this year. Russia, China, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Scottish...

    19. December 18, 2014

      Russia sounds a warning on the frailties of global debt

      A couple of weeks ago, Claudio Borio told investors to wake up to the threat posed by currency mismatches. In the past few...

    20. December 18, 2014

      Denmark’s claim to North Pole fans geopolitical rivalry

      When a Russian submarine placed a flag on the seabed under the North Pole in 2007, some said it evoked a bygone age of...

    21. December 18, 2014

      Foreign banks retreat from crisis-hit Russia

      Foreign banks have fled Russia in dramatic fashion in 2014, cutting back their exposure to the country well ahead of the...

    22. December 18, 2014

      Funds investing in Russian equities caught in economic crisis

      Hedge funds investing in Russian equities have seen the value of their holdings slump in recent weeks, making them some of...

    23. December 18, 2014

      Rouble uncertainty ripples across Russian economy

      The effects of the wild gyrations in the rouble rippled across the Russian economy as pressure on the country’s financial...

    24. December 18, 2014

      Sistema shares soar on Putin comments

      Shares in Sistema more than doubled on Thursday as Russian president Vladimir Putin said charges against its billionaire...

    25. December 18, 2014

      High drama looms for high-yield bonds

      The highest profile casualty of collapsing oil prices has been Russia, which this week descended into a full-blown currency...

    26. The World

      December 18, 2014

      Live blog: Vladimir Putin's annual press conference

      This is the transcript of the Live Blog session ending at 12:51 on 18 Dec 2014.Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his...

    27. December 18, 2014

      Defiant Vladimir Putin blames west for Russia’s economic woes

      A defiant Vladimir Putin said Russia should brace itself for two years of recession, as he blamed economic woes on a western...

    28. FT Alphaville

      December 18, 2014

      The SNB goes negative

      From the SNB, click through for the full thing: Timing is a bit odd no? Worried about all them roubles perhaps?A...

    29. FT Alphaville

      December 18, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Thursday, - When the gold standard was really a dollar standard. - “As much as you think of the possibility...

    30. December 18, 2014

      Cuba detente is the latest sign the cold war is over

      The US Constitution gives considerable latitude to the president to make foreign policy and on Wednesday Barack Obama...

    31. The A-List

      December 18, 2014

      Putin's limited options to halt the crisis

      Reports of Apple’s decision to suspend its sales in Russia pending a review of pricing occasioned by “extreme fluctuations...

    32. FT Data

      December 18, 2014

      Salmon prices leap 30% ahead of holiday season

      Norwegian salmon prices dipped last week after increasing sharply in the past month — they are still up 30 per cent since...

    33. December 17, 2014

      Fifa World Cup investigator Garcia quits

      Fifa’s strategy to contain damaging World Cup bidding allegations was in shreds on Wednesday after the lawyer who...

    34. December 17, 2014

      Russian investigators release billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov

      Russian investigators have released billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov — whose oil company, Bashneft, had been nationalised —...

    35. December 17, 2014

      Rouble crisis opens up Vladimir Putin to attack

      After months of nationalist euphoria, Russia’s financial upheaval has brought a sobering blast to the country’s political...

    36. December 17, 2014

      US stocks: no trade is an island

      “Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.” So said a famous proponent of big US companies...

    37. December 17, 2014

      Oil price fall offers far more good than bad for Europe

      The negative effects of the sharp fall in the oil price since June have been well aired. As this week has already shown, a...

    38. December 17, 2014

      Bank of Russia acts to halt rouble rout

      The rouble enjoyed its largest daily rally since 1998, surging as much as 12 per cent, after the Russian authorities...

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