Russia

Residential housing construction in Russia fell by 10.4% in January-July

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2017

Residential housing construction in Russia fell by 10.4% in January-July, according to Rosstat

COMMENT - How will the new US sanctions affect Russia’s economy?

Oleksandr Valchyshen in Kyiv August 18, 2017

COMMENT - How will the new US sanctions affect Russia’s economy? The US has finalized the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and promoted it as a profound new step towards undermining the Russis

Wages in Russian industry recover to pre-recession top levels

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2017

Wages in Russian industry recover to pre-recession top levels.

Russian bank Otkritie significantly reduces its holding of Russia 2030 Eurobonds

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2017

Russian bank Otkritie significantly reduces its holding of Russia 2030 Eurobonds

Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in H1

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in 1H17 and remains one of Ukraine’s top five trade partners in terms of export of goods

Kyiv ranks in top 10 of least liveable cities in world, EIU study shows

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Kyiv was one of the top five biggest decliners in this year’s “Global Liveability Report” by the EIU, with the Ukrainian capital dropping 21.4% in the index over the past five years.

Two in five Russians (39%) are teetotalers

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Two in five Russians (39%) are teetotalers, according to a survey by (the state owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM).

Russian industrial production slows sharply after strong spring run

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2017

Russian industrial production decelerated to just 1.1% y/y in July from 3.5% y/y in June, with economic recovery struggling to gather real momentum.

Nearly two-thirds of Russians choose ruble as their preferred savings currency

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2017

Nearly two thirds of all Russians (63%) choose the ruble as their preferred savings currency, according to a survey by the state owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM). That is up from 53% a year ago

Russian life expectancy up by six months to 72.4yrs

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Average life expectancy in Russia in the first half of this year up by half a year to 72.4 years, according to deputy PM, but population nevertheless passes a peak.

Belarus in top three holiday spots popular with Russians

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Belarus is in the top three spots popular with Russian holidaymakers, according to Yandex.Money, which analyzed the countries the Russians headed to for their breaks this summer.

MOSCOW BLOG: Propensity to protest spikes as Russians worry over wages and family

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2017

To Russians, wages, the economy and social policy are Russia's main challenges today, says state-owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), and the grinding recession has led to a dramatic jump in the propensity to protest.

Eastern Europe winter harvest yields surprise on the upside

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

The winter harvests in Eastern Europe are all almost in and have surprised on the upside, causing wheat prices to drop in the middle of August.

Russia's Sberbank dramatically cuts mortgage rates

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

Sberbank has dramatically cut mortgage rates by 0.6-2 ppts to 7.4%-10% for the primary real estate market, and to 8.9%-10% for the secondary real estate market.

Russia has the most barriers to trade for European exporters

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

Russia has the most barriers to trade for European exporters, according to a report from the European Commission (EC). An EC report, which is based on information from European firms, identifies 372 barriers to trade currently in use.

Bank lending conditions improve in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) composite index for the Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey in 2Q17 showed that while lending conditions in emerging markets (EM) in general have tightened, those in Europe are easing

Russian internet giant Yandex and Sberbank team up in $0.5bn joint venture

Vadim Dumesh in Paris August 10, 2017

Joint e-commerce venture to be based on the Yandex.Market marketplace platform, but analysts are cautious given the internet company's lack of retail experience and previous failure to create a full-service e-commerce platform.

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