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  • Thu, Dec. 1, 5:50 AM
    • Russia is ready to cooperate with the new U.S. leadership next year, President Vladimir Putin said during his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin.
    • He also stated that "internal problems" were the main reason for the country's economic malaise and GDP was on track to shrink 0.6% this year.
    • Annual inflation is expected to fall below 6% and reach the central bank's target of 4% in 2017.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 5:50 AM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 23, 4:09 AM
    • Russian sanctions will hang over an EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels tomorrow as Donald Trump shapes his future relationship Vladimir Putin and puts in place a new American foreign-policy team.
    • With the penalties due to expire on Jan. 31, EU governments are likely to prolong the measures for another six months because the main condition for lifting them - ending the Ukrainian war - has not yet been met.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Wed, Nov. 23, 4:09 AM
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 5:24 AM
    • Russia is deploying short-range ballistic missiles to its western European enclave of Kaliningrad as Vladimir Putin threatens "counter-measures" against NATO deployments.
    • Meanwhile, reports suggest that members of the European Parliament will vote today on establishing an "EU-wide system for the coordination of rapid movement of defense forces personnel" across the continent.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 5:24 AM | 29 Comments
  • Sun, Nov. 20, 6:57 AM
    | Sun, Nov. 20, 6:57 AM | 34 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 15, 8:21 AM
    • Russian Economy Minister Ulyukaev has been detained and accused of bribery by law enforcement agencies, in the highest profile arrest of a sitting government official since Pres. Putin came to power in 2000.
    • Ulyukaev is accused of taking a $2M bribe from Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) in a sting set by the FSB, the KGB's main successor agency, and threatening "to use his powers to put obstacles to the company's activities."
    • The minister is a relatively liberal figure who has spoken against an increasing government presence in the Russian economy; he has opposed Rosneft's bidding for Bashneft, saying it was wrong for a state-owned company to take part in Russia's privatization drive.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Tue, Nov. 15, 8:21 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Nov. 15, 3:54 AM
    • Looking to "normalize U.S.-Russia ties," President-elect Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Monday and agreed to work towards "constructive cooperation" and "combine efforts to tackle international terrorism."
    • Meanwhile, Russia's economy minister has been detained over an alleged bribe relating to a mega domestic deal between two of the country's biggest oil companies - Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) and Bashneft.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Tue, Nov. 15, 3:54 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 2, 10:38 AM
    • Russia’s government is expected this week to proceed with the sale of a 19.5% stake in state-controlled Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) for an expected $11B, a move that comes shortly after the world’s largest quoted crude oil producer bought state-controlled Bashneft for $5.2B, but Financial Times says the two deals billed as Russia’s biggest privatizations in a decade look more like insider deals.
    • Russian Pres. Putin explained the Bashneft deal by saying Rosneft offered the best price, and Rosneft was not really a state-owned company since it was not directly owned by the government; the state’s 69.5% stake is held by the Rosneftegaz holding company - which is chaired by Rosneft chairman and Putin crony Igor Sechin - and leaks suggest that Rosneft plans to buy the stake from Rosneftegaz itself.
    • Ildar Davletshin at Renaissance Capital says there could be merits in combining Bashneft and Rosneft “with scope for synergies in logistics and administrative costs... [but] “we generally think that a private buyer would have created more value in the longer term."
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RBL
    | Wed, Nov. 2, 10:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sun, Oct. 16, 6:28 AM
    • India and Russia signed billions of dollars of defense and energy deals on Saturday.
    • Under the biggest agreement, a group led by Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) said it would pay $12.9B for a controlling stake in both India's Essar Oil and the port facilities that it owns.
    • The countries also announced plans for a joint venture to build helicopters in India, while New Delhi said it would also buy surface-to-air missile systems and stealth frigates from Moscow.
    • ETFs: RSX, EPI, RUSL, INDY, RUSS, SCIF, INDA, INDL, ERUS, PIN, RSXJ, INP, INXX, IIF, INCO, RBL, SCIN, SMIN
    | Sun, Oct. 16, 6:28 AM | 20 Comments
  • Thu, Oct. 6, 5:09 AM
    • Russia has further curtailed its cooperation with the U.S. in nuclear energy, suspending a research agreement and terminating one on uranium conversion, two days after the Kremlin shelved a plutonium pact with Washington.
    • "The regular renewal of sanctions against Russia [over Ukraine]... demands the adoption of countermeasures against the U.S. side," the Russian government said on its website.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Oct. 6, 5:09 AM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, Sep. 19, 4:41 AM
    • Russia's Duma elections on Sunday preserved the ruling party's status as largest faction in the lower house of parliament, according to the nation's election commission.
    • United Russia, allied to President Vladimir Putin, won 54.2% of the vote, with 90% of the ballots counted.
    • Turnout weakened as opposition parties not loyal to the Kremlin failed make an impression at the ballot box.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Sep. 19, 4:41 AM | 6 Comments
  • Sun, Sep. 18, 9:16 AM
    • Russians are heading to the polls to elect a new parliament, with 450 seats up for grabs that make up the Duma, the lower house of parliament.
    • Separately, Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Union party is set for further losses in regional elections in Berlin, with the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party expected to make gains.
    • Ahead of the voting, hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets in seven cities throughout the country, in protest of the TTIP and CETA trade deals.
    • ETFs: RSX, EWG, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, DAX, GF, RBL, DXGE, DBGR, HEWG, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, FGM, GGOV, QDEU
    | Sun, Sep. 18, 9:16 AM | 13 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 16, 6:53 AM
    • In a widely expected move, Russia's central bank has cut its main interest rate by 50 bps to 10% amid a slowdown in inflation.
    • Russia's economy has been hit over the last couple of years by economic sanctions, as well as a drop in oil prices.
    • The ensuing capital flight and drop in the ruble caused consumer prices to rise dramatically, however, they have recently gotten closer to the Bank of Russia's target of 4%.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, Sep. 16, 6:53 AM
  • Fri, Sep. 2, 3:13 AM
    • Japan will propose a broad cooperation in the energy sector with Russia today that could include a nearly $10B investment in state-owned oil giant Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF), the Nikkei reports.
    • In other Russian news, companies building a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the mainland with annexed Crimea have been targeted by the U.S. in an updated sanctions blacklist, including several subsidiaries of Gazprom (OTCQX:GZPFY).
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, Sep. 2, 3:13 AM | 6 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 15, 3:43 AM
    • With tensions rising in the region, Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has told reporters that his country will fulfill its part of the "Minsk Protocol."
    • The agreement to halt the war in the Donbass region of Ukraine was signed in September 2014.
    • Last week, Moscow accused Kiev of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and a secret police officer in an operation to foil the alleged plot.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Aug. 15, 3:43 AM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 11, 3:06 AM
    • Vladimir Putin has promised to respond to what he called Kiev's "terror" tactics in Crimea, raising the stakes as fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels intensifies in the country once again.
    • With two servicemen killed in clashes this week, the Russian leader has threatened to cancel the peace negotiations at next month's G20 meeting, calling the talks "pointless."
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Aug. 11, 3:06 AM | 43 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 28, 5:24 AM
    • Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine and Michael Bloomberg took aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the DNC Wednesday evening, as the war of words heats up between the major U.S. political parties.
    • Meanwhile, Trump has come under fire for encouraging Russia to release any emails they had stolen from Hillary Clinton and appeared willing to consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lift sanctions against the country.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Jul. 28, 5:24 AM | 25 Comments
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