2011

Russia: Kremlin Easing Investment Restrictions

MILESTONES: RUSSIA   By Kim Iskyan   A handful of impressive high-profile deals, coupled with signs that restrictions on foreign investment in Russia’s natural resources sector may soon be relaxed, suggest the Russian government may be dropping its long-standing resistance ...

2010

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   Friendly neighbor: Russia’s influence in Ukraine will grow after Viktor Yanukovych won the recent presidential election Russia's finance ministry hired a team of investment banks to help it prepare for the country's first eurobond ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

ROUNDUP   By Kim Iskyan   Inflation has in recent weeks climbed rapidly up the macroeconomic agenda in Russia, as the summer's wildfires and drought throughout the country decimated grain crops and triggered sharp price hikes. Inflation has long been ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

ROUNDUP   By Kim Iskyan   Lighting up: Russia launches bid to become financial center In mid-June at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s answer to Davos, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev continued to pitch his modernization campaign, which is ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   Moscow metro bombings provoke renewed security fears Two suicide bombings in the Moscow metro in late March that killed more than 40 people renewed fears about the terrorist threat in Russia's population centers. The ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   In a jam: Economic crisis hit Russia’s car market hard In late February prime minister Vladimir Putin rebuked four Russian oligarchs with significant investments in the country’s power sector for not following through on ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

  Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   Medvedev : Budget focuses on short-term measures The long-anticipated IPO of Russian aluminum producer Rusal was delayed until the first half of 2010 after the Hong Kong stock exchange declined to approve the ...

2009

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   Avtovaz: Struggling to survive in market downturn Russian government officials have sounded increasingly optimistic notes about the country’s macroeconomic situation, as strong oil prices are likely to result in a lower budget deficit than ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   Beating the booze: President Medvedev takes aim at alcoholism In early October Norway’s Telenor and Russian investment vehicle Alfa Group announced an agreement to merge VimpelCom and Kyivstar, their jointly controlled Russian and Ukrainian ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan On a lighter note: Medvedev and Obama share a joke In its 2010-12 draft federal budget, announced in late July, the Russian government calls for spending cuts, on the back of sharply reduced revenue expectations. ...

Emerging Markets : Russia

Sechin: Russia's deputy prime minister and Rosneft chairman. In a signal that the Russian government is increasingly aware of the financial constraints it is facing, a top Kremlin adviser said that the state would not be bailing out any more ...

Emerging Markets : Russia

Devaluation of the ruble is over, says Kudrin, Russia's finance minister.   The Kremlin rolled out a revised version of its economic crisis plan, extending additional credits to the beleaguered banking sector possibly at the expense of direct loans to ...

2008

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