Russia’s Services PMI ends strongest quarter in years

bne IntelliNews April 5, 2017

Growth of Russia’s service sector continued in March, with the rate of expansion improving slightly from February, finishing the strongest quarter since the end of 2012.

Russia’s Rosneft defies government 50% dividends call as Sechin locks down "piggy bank"

Vadim Dumesh in Paris April 5, 2017

Rosneft is using its proximity to the Kremlin to defy a government ruling on dividend payments, thereby protecting the vast wealth of the shadowy Rosneftegas holding where its proceeds accumulate.

Buy Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin April 4, 2017

Recent falls in Russian stock prices have created a buying opportunity for those that missed out on last year’s rally.

MACRO ADVISOR: Ruble defies Kremlin and falling oil price

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory April 4, 2017

Despite its previous calls for a weaker exchange rate, a stronger ruble may suit the government as it enables industry to import technology more cheaply.

Putin says Russia resolved $700mn gas debt and other disputes with Belarus

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Russian leader and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko agree on energy roadmap until 2020.

STOLYPIN: Terrorism back at the top of Moscow’s agenda

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague April 3, 2017

The challenge for the Kremlin is to nurture public resilience to cope with isolated atrocities such as the St Petersburg bombing, and to avoid the temptation to use them for sordid political advantage.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

UPDATE: Up to ten people killed in St Petersburg metro train bombing

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

A bombing in the metro underground railway in the Russian city of St Petersburg killed up to ten people and injured dozens more.

Russia's March manufacturing PMI continues its strongest expansion since 2011

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Russian manufacturing continues its strongest expansion since 2011 and positive sentiment amongst owners reached a 22-month high.

Russia's Arctic regions set hopes on energy exploration drive

Vladimir Kozlov in Archangelsk April 3, 2017

60% of Russia's energy resources are located in its Arctic regions. The race is now on to draw them more efficiently, with foreign firms like ExxonMobil back in the frame.

BEAR MARKET BRIEF: Russia's new generation of janitors takes to the streets

Aaron Schwartzbaum in Washington DC March 31, 2017

What surprised about the anti-corruption demonstrations was not their size but the youth of the crowd. Russia's youth face a bleak future, and the Kremlin has little control over them.

Pragmatic Russia-Iran relationship fails to deepen

Will Conroy in Prague March 31, 2017

Tehran wary of becoming bargaining chip in Moscow's relations with Washington despite makeshift alliance and shared goals.

Oligarchs buy into battle for Russia's rising cinema market

Vadim Dumesh in Paris March 31, 2017

Russia's billionaires are buying into the national cinema industry as growing numbers of domestic movies challenge Hollywood blockbusters in popularity.

COMMENT: A new crackdown against dissent is coming in Russia – it’s only a matter of time

Natalia Antonova in New York March 30, 2017

Things in Russia are likely to get ugly before they get better, and they could get out of control randomly and quickly.

Putin praises “good neighbour” Iran as Rouhani visits Kremlin

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2017

Leaders discuss energy investments, expanding trade, Russian use of Iranian air bases, and defence sales

BEAR MARKET BRIEF: Putin’s 70/70 corporate re-election plan for 2018

Aaron Schwartzbaum in Washington DC March 29, 2017

Two pieces of news have gone largely under the radar, both with major implications for the 2018 election: the Kremlin’s plans to use state-owned enterprises as get-out-the-vote machines; and to watch the regions for signs of instability.

Sberbank’s flight from Ukraine points way for Russian lenders to follow

Jason Corcoran in London March 28, 2017

Largest Russian bank has been wracked by protests and vandalism by Ukrainian nationalists since it recognised documents issued by Donbas separatists.

INVISIBLE HAND: Foreign investors in Russia ignore Cold War rhetoric

Liam Halligan in London March 28, 2017

For all the Cold War chest beating, Russia’s growth uptick has sparked renewed foreign direct investment.

Russia turns its eyes and wealth to the Arctic

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow March 27, 2017

Russia's government will invest €3.4bn in developing its Arctic reaches in the next three years, while state-run Rosneft is waiting with even larger sums to tap the region's 34bn tonnes of oil equivalent.

STOLYPIN: Corruption in Russia remains Putin’s biggest threat

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague March 27, 2017

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has offered hope that change may be possible, and connected corruption at the top with hardships experienced by ordinary Russians.

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