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    1. December 23, 2014

      Moscow orders state-owned exporters to sell foreign currency

      The Russian government has ordered five large state-owned exporters including Rosneft and Gazprom to sell their foreign...

    2. December 23, 2014

      Global finance recovers after rouble rout

      Russia’s confrontation with the west over Ukraine has rewritten the geopolitical rules. But the country’s economic and...

    1. December 23, 2014

      Putin has one weapon to protect the rouble — he must use it wisely

      On top of his Ukrainian tribulations Vladimir Putin now has to manage a war of attrition with currency speculators. Lack of...

    2. December 22, 2014

      Russia’s ills spread around the region

      When Russia sneezes, the rest of the former Soviet Union catches a cold. Last week, as the rouble plunged as much as 36 per...

    3. December 22, 2014

      From inside Putin’s parallel universe, the crisis looks bright

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, once described Vladimir Putin as living in a “parallel universe”. Amid the economic...

    4. December 22, 2014

      Russia faces full-blown crisis, says Kudrin

      Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year that will trigger a series of defaults and the loss of its...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. December 17, 2014

      Russian rouble rises on government intervention

      The rouble leapt 12 per cent on Wednesday as the Russian government and central bank revealed measures to support the...

    17. December 17, 2014

      The only cure for what plagues Russia

      Belatedly, financial markets have realised that July 16 was Russia’s Lehman moment. On that day, the US imposed sectoral...

    18. December 16, 2014

      US risks EU rift on new Russia sanctions

      President Barack Obama is to sign a bill authorising new sanctions on Russia and offering further aid to Ukraine, despite...

    19. December 16, 2014

      Russia is heading into an economic storm with no captain

      On Tuesday afternoon, the value of the rouble was one euro cent, about 30 per cent less than on Monday morning. Russian...

    20. December 16, 2014

      The rouble crisis reveals Putin’s strategic failure

      Russia is in the throes of a full-blown currency crisis, with profound implications for its economy, its political system...

    21. December 16, 2014

      Central bank accused of doing too little to halt rouble crisis

      Only a few weeks ago Russian bankers, corporate executives and government officials described the country’s economic woes as...

    22. December 16, 2014

      Russia lurches towards financial crisis

      Russia lurched towards a financial crisis evoking parallels with its 1998 crash, as the rouble plunged more than 11 per cent...

    23. December 15, 2014

      Moscow lifts interest rate to 17%

      Russia’s Central Bank has raised its main interest rate from 10.5 per cent to 17 per cent in the middle of the Moscow night,...

    24. December 11, 2014

      Russia raises interest rates to 10.5%

      Russia’s central bank raised interest rates on Thursday, but the move failed to stop the drop of the rouble as the slide in...

    25. December 9, 2014

      Sun sets on Russians’ upmarket trips abroad

      Marina Kolesnik, chief executive of the popular Russian booking site Travel.ru, used to send her clients to far-flung...

    26. December 4, 2014

      Putin threatens crackdown on currency speculators

      Vladimir Putin threatened to crack down on speculators against the rouble as he called on Russia to put its economic house...

    27. December 3, 2014

      The German club of Putin understanders

      Wolfgang Gehrcke is what Germans call a “Putin Versteher”. Literally an “understander” of the Russian president and, in...

    28. December 3, 2014

      The woman trying to tame the rouble

      When the rouble lost 6 per cent of its value against the dollar on Monday, Russia’s central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina...

    29. December 2, 2014

      Angela Merkel’s sanctions balancing act outwits Putin, for now

      It was hard enough for German chancellor Angela Merkel to secure support for economic sanctions against Russia over the...

    30. December 2, 2014

      Anger and dismay as Russia scraps $50bn gas plan

      Eastern European nations reacted with shock and anger to Russia’s decision to abandon South Stream, its $50bn gas pipeline...

    31. December 1, 2014

      Russia to abandon South Stream pipeline, says Putin

      President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would stop construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, shelving a...

    32. December 1, 2014

      Rouble suffers worst fall since 1998 crisis

      The rouble suffered its worst intraday fall since Russia’s 1998 financial crisis amid renewed fears over the impact of...

    33. November 26, 2014

      Merkel offers Russia trade talks olive branch

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for trade talks between the EU and a Russia-led economic bloc as a way...

    34. November 26, 2014

      German businesses suffer fallout as Russia sanctions bite

      Alexander Schuke Potsdam Orgelbau has supplied pipe organs to cathedrals and concert halls for almost 200 years, surviving a...

    35. November 25, 2014

      Russian economy: Buckwheat blues

      “No buckwheat”, said the handwritten sign dangling from an empty shelf at the Dixy market in Murom, a town some 300km east...

    36. November 25, 2014

      France suspends delivery of Mistral warship to Russia

      French President François Hollande has suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia...

    37. November 24, 2014

      Rouble stabilises on oil supply hints

      Russia’s central bank will be feeling vindicated in its decision to press ahead with a free float in the rouble, after a...

    38. November 23, 2014

      Carlsberg’s exposure to Russia caps profits

      When a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in July over territory in Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, Jørgen...

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