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  1. August 21, 2014

    Rosneft hit by western sanctions as $2bn Vitol deal scrapped

    A planned $2bn deal between Rosneft and oil trader Vitol has been shelved, in the latest sign that tougher western sanctions...

  2. August 18, 2014

    Russia: companies own you

    The USSR once tried nuking its way to oil and gas riches. Large parts of subterranean Siberia were blown up to pry open...

  1. August 15, 2014

    French politician and Russian oligarch team up for Crimean theme park

    A French populist-conservative politician and investor has agreed to build a historic theme park in the Russian-annexed...

  2. August 14, 2014

    Rosneft asks Moscow for $42bn

    Rosneft has asked the Russian government for as much as Rb1.5tn ($42bn) in support, in a clear sign of the growing cost of...

  3. August 11, 2014

    Bulgaria’s president attacks oligarchs

    Bulgaria’s president has strongly criticised the country’s politicians and powerful oligarchs for relying too heavily on...

  4. August 7, 2014

    EU stands ready to support farmers from sanctions fallout

    Russian food Moscow’s ban on western food imports poses a grave challenge to the EU, although European pig farmers have...

  5. August 7, 2014

    Russian consumers prepared to swallow food ban

    Russian food Less than 24 hours after Vladimir Putin issued а blanket ban on western meat, dairy and other produce, Dmitry...

  6. August 7, 2014

    Russia threatens to go beyond food sanctions

    Fears of a damaging trade war between Russia and the west grew as Moscow banned imports of a wide range of agricultural and...

  7. August 6, 2014

    US and EU food exports at risk after Putin threatens ban

    Russia has threatened to completely bar all US agricultural products from its market and slap an import ban on all fruit and...

  8. August 5, 2014

    German diplomacy: Dominant by default

    When they speak on the telephone Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel switch between German and Russian. They are both so fluent...

  9. August 5, 2014

    Russia looks to ban EU flights over Siberia

    Vladimir Putin ordered his government to draw up retaliatory measures against western sanctions as signs emerged that Moscow...

  10. August 5, 2014

    Ukraine sanctions: Switzerland adds Russians to watchlist

    Switzerland has added 26 individuals and 18 entities to a watchlist designed to prevent the Alpine state from being used to...

  11. August 4, 2014

    Germany cancels defence contract with Russia

    Germany on Monday cancelled a contract to supply Russia with a €120m combat simulation centre, amid an escalating row among...

  12. August 1, 2014

    Russia’s dwindling liberal minority rails against Putin

    As the EU was giving details of its sanctions against Russia on Thursday, Russian intellectuals and human rights activists...

  13. August 1, 2014

    Sberbank says sanctions hit global financial system

    Russia’s biggest banks have criticised the EU for including the financial services industry in sweeping new sanctions...

  14. July 31, 2014

    Russian crisis already taking toll on western businesses

    Companies across the eurozone warned that the crisis in Russia and Ukraine is already taking its toll on business, as...

  15. July 30, 2014

    Ukraine tensions prompt Total to suspend Novatek share buys

    Escalating tensions over Ukraine have prompted oil major Total to freeze its programme of buying shares in Russia’s Novatek,...

  16. July 29, 2014

    Sanctions on Russia are a ‘big concern’ for European businesses

    The deepening impact on Europe’s companies of the Ukraine crisis was brought into sharp focus with the warning by BP on...

  17. July 29, 2014

    Financial window closes for Moscow businesses

    Even before Russia was hit with the latest round of western sanctions on Tuesday, the mood in Moscow was as if the blow had...

  18. July 29, 2014

    Russian politicians take aim at global consultants

    A group of Russian lawmakers has proposed banning the “Big Four” global accounting firms and two of the world’s largest...

  19. July 29, 2014

    EU and US present united front with tough sanctions on Russia

    The western powers presented a united front over the Ukrainian crisis on Tuesday when the EU and the US agreed to their...

  20. July 29, 2014

    EU’s sanctions on Russia will fail to be a knockout blow

    The new sanctions against Russia agreed by the EU on Tuesday are described by European officials as “level three”. This...

  21. July 29, 2014

    Companies fear Russian sanctions impact

    BP and Renault have become the first large European companies to warn of the potential impact of sanctions against Russia on...

  22. July 29, 2014

    BP reiterates long-term Russian strategy after sanctions news

    BP once presented its large exposure to the Russian oil and gas sector as a competitive advantage. These days, it is...

  23. July 28, 2014

    Yukos ruling adds to Russia isolation

    The Kremlin came under intense pressure on Monday after an international tribunal ordered Russia to pay $50bn damages to...

  24. July 28, 2014

    Rouble reaches weakest level since May

    The rouble fell on Monday on the back of escalating political tensions and an international court ruling ordering Russia to...

  25. July 28, 2014

    Leonid Nevzlin is biggest winner from Yukos ruling at The Hague

    For nearly a decade, 54 year-old Leonid Nevzlin has been at the centre of the legal fight for compensation for Yukos...

  26. July 28, 2014

    Russia sanctions: Bond film

    Water, water everywhere, and damned if it isn’t a prohibited financial transaction under US and/or EU law to drink it. This...

  27. July 28, 2014

    Q&A: $50bn Yukos award against Russia

    Former Yukos shareholders have been awarded $50bn in damages against Russia in one of the biggest arbitration awards ever...

  28. July 27, 2014

    The west risks collateral damage by punishing Russia

    When I read last week’s revision in the International Monetary Fund’s forecasts, I was reminded of William Gilmore Simms, a...

  29. July 25, 2014

    Brussels chiefs urge EU states to approve tough curbs on Russia

    Two of the EU’s most senior figures have urged the bloc’s prime ministers to approve a sweeping set of new sanctions against...

  30. July 25, 2014

    Moscow launches Mac attack in beef with west

    As the west unveils further sanctions against Russia, Moscow is hitting back where it hurts: right in the cheeseburgers,...

  31. July 25, 2014

    Vladimir Putin: Collision course

    A group of men sit in a Kamaz truck – one of those big Russian 4x4s that regularly wins the Dakar rally – speeding down a...

  32. July 25, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: Russia pushes up interest rates

    Russia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its main interest rate by 50 basis points on Friday, citing “the increase in...

  33. July 24, 2014

    Malofeev: the Russian billionaire linking Moscow to the rebels

    In late January, a month before Russian soldiers appeared in Crimea, Russia’s Orthodox billionaire Konstantin Malofeev was...

  34. July 24, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: EU to weigh far-reaching sanctions on Russia

    EU diplomats will weigh sweeping Russian sanctions on Thursday that include a proposal to ban all Europeans from purchasing...

  35. July 22, 2014

    Britain accused of hypocrisy in Russia sanctions debate

    The head of France’s ruling Socialist party accused Britain’s David Cameron on Tuesday of hypocrisy for urging Paris to...

  36. July 22, 2014

    City companies wary over Russian links

    Big companies and City firms are re-examining existing deals with Russia and backing away from new business as fears mount...

  37. July 22, 2014

    Russia has little to lose from arms embargo

    Two huge French-built Mistral warships Vladivostok and Sevastopol – on order for the Kremlin – have become a potent symbol...

  38. July 22, 2014

    EU rifts scupper new Russia sanctions

    Europe’s foreign ministers failed to agree new sanctions against Russia for its alleged role in the downing of MH17 despite...

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