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Russia's Lavrov sweeps out Obama era, greets prospects under Trump

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2017

Foreign minister doesn't hide Moscow's disdain for outgoing Democratic US leadership.

Outgoing US administration moves to extend Russian sanctions

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Move caps a slew of measures designed to lock in place the Democrats' tougher line on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Technological lag threatens Russia's security, warns Kremlin adviser Kudrin

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Russia’s technological lag seen as most serious challenge the country will face in the next 10 to 15 years.

After the smooth talking come the bumps in US-Russian road

Nick Allen in Warsaw January 13, 2017

After much cautious mutual deference shown by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the incoming US administration is already signalling a tougher stance on some key issues. Russia is holding its fire - for now.

Moscow sees threat from new US military deployment in Central Europe

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

US begins biggest deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War to reassure Nato states bordering Russia.

Waters muddy fast around Rosneft’s business and privatisation deal

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Suspicions grow of a multi-billion-dollar thimble trick in December's privatisation of 19.5% of Russia's state-controlled oil giant.

Moscow Exchange reports equity trading volumes up 90% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Russia’s equity market turnover jumped 55% m/m and 90% y/y to RUB983bn in December.

Goldman, Citigroup locked out as Russian investment banking fees surge to post-sanctions high

Jason Corcoran in London January 11, 2017

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are among Western investment banks in Moscow losing out as fees from deal-making jumped to their highest level in three years.

US adds Putin aide and alleged Litvinenko killers to Russia sanctions list

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow January 10, 2017

Fresh attention to the Litvinenko case can complicate US president-elect Donald Trump’s efforts to reset relations with Moscow.

Putin ordered campaign to help Trump win election, US spy agencies say

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2017

Controversial report accuses Russian leader of personally ordering a covert campaign to influence 2016 US presidential elections.

Kudrin report finds only third of Russia's planned reforms implemented

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2017

​A report produced by ex-finance minister and co-head of the presidential council Alexei Kudrin found that less than a third of reform measures included in the government’s 2020 strategy were implemented and none at all in some key areas.

Ukraine injects $4.1bn into nationalised PrivatBank's equity

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2017

The government has effectively forgiven PrivatBank's former owners about $6bn that they are thought to owe the lender.

Intesa reportedly provides half of €10.2bn financing for purchase of 19.5% stake in Rosneft

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2017

Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo Bank is said to have provided half of €10.2bn for December's purchase of a 19.5% stake in Russian oil major Rosneft by Swiss commodities trader Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority sovereign wealth fund.

Privatbank Eurobond holders may be compensated

bne IntelliNews January 2, 2017

New management of Ukrainian lender says it will "try to find common ground" with Eurobond holders.

Obama’s administration slaps fresh sanctions on Russia over hacking charges

bne IntelliNews January 2, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin wins kudos at home by refusing to retaliate and expel US diplomats from Russia.

Putin focuses on domestic issues in his annual press conference marathon

Ben Aris in Berlin December 23, 2016

By opening with the macro-economic picture, President Vladimir Putin is either confident he has achieved his geopolitical goals or he is seriously worried about the economy.

Bratislava and Kyiv cheapest cities to enjoy Christmas cheer, survey finds

bne IntelliNews December 23, 2016

A Kiwi.com survey has produced a “Christmas Price Index” that shows Bratislava and Kyiv to be the two most affordable capitals in the world to enjoy Christmas shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment.

Russian banks reduce mortgage rates to pre-crisis levels

Ben Aris in Berlin December 23, 2016

Russia’s biggest banks have reduced mortgage interest rates to below pre-crisis levels that will continue the boom in mortgage lending – currently the only dynamic part of Russia’s financial sector.

Ukraine seeks to avoid negative economic impact of PrivatBank takeover

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv December 23, 2016

The Ukrainian authorities and analysts believe any negative impacts from the nationalisation of PrivatBank will be limited and could improve the country’s chances of securing the next tranche of bailout cash from the IMF.

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