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Dec 8, 2014

Rouble and Russian shares slide as oil price tumbles to new low

MOSCOW, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The rouble and Russian shares fell
on Monday as the oil price tumbled to a five-year low and the
central bank appeared to refrain from interventions in the
currency market.

At 1300 GMT, the rouble was down 2.2 percent against the
dollar at 53.66 and down 1.8 percent against the euro at 65.80.

Dec 5, 2014

Rouble firms on probable interventions, RTS stock index falls below 900

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The rouble defied falling oil
prices to firm on Friday, buoyed by what traders said were
sizeable interventions by the central bank after President
Vladimir Putin gave instructions to deal with “speculators” he
blames for weakening the currency.

Russian stocks fell heavily, however, weighed down by oil
prices falling further below $70 per barrel. The dollar-based
RTS stock index fell below 900 for the first time since
July 2009, briefly hitting a five-year low of 893 points, only
to rebound as the rouble suddenly strengthened.

Dec 4, 2014

Russian assets fall after Putin disappoints and oil slide resumes

MOSCOW, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russian asset prices fell sharply
on Thursday after a state-of-the-nation speech from Russian
President Vladimir Putin left investors unimpressed by promised
reforms, and oil prices resumed their decline.

By 1430 GMT, the rouble was 1.6 percent weaker on the day at
53.37 versus the dollar and 2 percent weaker at
65.71 against the euro.

Dec 3, 2014

Russia budget cuts threaten long-term economic prospects

MOSCOW (Reuters) – As Russia grapples with the impact of plunging energy prices and a contracting economy on its government finances, painful cuts in state spending have become unavoidable.

But rather than touch sizeable defense and social expenditures backed by President Vladimir Putin, the axe is most likely to fall on infrastructure projects that are important for reviving long-term economic growth, analysts say.

Nov 28, 2014

Russian economy to contract in 2015 as woes mount – Reuters Poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s economy will eke out growth this year but shrink in 2015 as a slump in oil prices and Western sanctions imposed over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis drag on activity, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.

The poll of 14 analysts predicted that gross domestic product would grow by 0.5 percent this year, a slightly more optimistic prediction than last month’s 0.3 percent forecast, following some recent data which beat expectations.

Nov 17, 2014

Russian assets gain after EU holds off on new sanctions

MOSCOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Russian stocks saw a small bounce
on Monday, while the rouble was steady, after the European Union
decided not to impose more sanctions against Russia for now over
Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

EU foreign ministers agreed to put more Russia-backed
Ukrainian separatists on their sanctions list, but did not
extend measures against Russia itself.

Nov 15, 2014

Russian TV channel says photos show MH17 shot down by fighter jet

MOSCOW, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Russian state-controlled TV has
broadcast what it called “sensational” photographs, which it
said supported Moscow’s theory that Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet.

Several commentators who have examined the photographs have
described them as forgeries, however.

Nov 10, 2014

Russian c.bank expects Western sanctions to remain until end of 2017

MOSCOW, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Russian central bank said on
Monday that it expects zero economic growth in 2015 and only 0.1
percent growth in 2016, in a three-year monetary policy strategy
that anticipates Western sanctions against Russia will remain
until the end of 2017.

The gloomy forecasts underscore the damaging impact that two
major external shocks, falling oil prices and Western financial
sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, are set to have on
the Russian economy in the years to come.

Nov 5, 2014

Russian c.bank moves towards rouble float with intervention cap

MOSCOW, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank took a major
step towards floating the rouble on Wednesday by limiting its
daily interventions, accelerating a slide in the Russian
currency.

The bank also said it was stepping up foreign currency
financing for banks starved of foreign capital because of
Western sanctions imposed over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Oct 31, 2014

Russia raises interest rate sharply as rouble slides, inflation climbs

MOSCOW, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank raised its
main interest rate much more than expected on Friday, trying to
tackle a sliding rouble and climbing inflation as plunging
global oil prices and Western sanctions hurt the economy.

However, the bank said that it had not changed its rouble
exchange rate intervention policy, confounding speculation that
it might use Friday’s meeting to announce changes that would
have enabled a stronger defence of the rouble.