2011

Kudrin’s Shoes Will Be Hard To Fill

NEWSMAKERS: RUSSIA   By Kim Iskyan   Investors have long viewed Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin as the country’s second-most-important policymaker—and the primary reason for the dramatic turnaround in Russia’s macroeconomic position over the past decade.   Alexei Kudrin refuses ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PRIVATIZATION PLANS MAY GROW   By Kim Iskyan   Putin ally Valentina Matviyenko became the speaker of the Federation Council in Russia’s national parliament.   Oil producer Rosneft may be fully privatized Governor of St. Petersburg and longtime Putin ally Valentina ...

Kulibayev Front-Runner In Kazakhstan Succession

NEWSMAKERS: KAZAKHSTAN   By Kim Iskyan   Talk of who might replace Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev—who has ruled the oil-rich Central Asian country since 1989—has long been taboo in the country’s political circles.   With Nazarbayev’s blessing Succession uncertainty has ...

Country Report: Russia

THREATENING THE ECONOMIC RENAISSANCE   By Kim Iskyan   Political uncertainty and continued dependence on oil exports are casting a pall over growth prospects in Russia.   On the surface, Russia looks to be on the rebound. The macroeconomic situation ...

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