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Yusuf Alekperov listed as richest Russian heir

The son of energy giant Lukoil's President Vagit Alekperov who will eventually inherit at least $17 billion has been again listed as the richest heir by Forbes Russia. The magazine said that 28-year-old …

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Is Russia ready to use euros in trade?

Russia is ready to use euros rather than US dollars in foreign trade if the European Union declares its stance against expansion of the US anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said, speaking at the St. …

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Russia runs budget surplus

The Russian government approved the draft amendment to the the bill on federal budget for 2018 and the planned period of 2019-2020. Information about this is published on the website of the Cabinet. "The draft law provides for …

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Russians triple investment in government

Last year, the Russians bought government federal bonds (OFZ) amounting to 93 billion rubles. This number is three times higher than in 2016, it follows from the Bank of Russia's data. Almost half of purchases accounts for …

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Sberbank sells Denizbank to Emirates NBD

Emirates NBD has agreed to buy Turkish lender Denizbank for 14.6 billion liras ($3.19 billion) from Russia’s Sberbank. Emirates NBD said in January it had started initial strategic talks with Sberbank about a possible purchase of …

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EBRD forecasts Azerbaijan’s GDP growth

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) forecasts 2.5%-growth in Azerbaijan’s GDP in 2018, according to the bank's Regional Economic Prospects report. ‘This is 0.5% higher than previous forecast’, …

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Fed keeps key rate steady but notes rising inflation

The Federal Reserve is keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged but says that inflation is climbing after years of being stuck below the Fed's target level, Odessa American reports. The Fed on Wednesday left its key short-term …

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Russia’s Central Bank pauses key rate cuts

The Board of Directors of the Russian Central Bank decided to keep the key rate at 7.25% per annum, based on the results of its meeting today. "Annual inflation remains low. The April weakening in the ruble against the backdrop of …

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Will the ruble become weakest link in the market?

Morgan Stanley analysts characterized the ruble as the "weakest link" in the fixed-income instruments markets. They predict that after a small recovery of the ruble situation will change, and the dollar will cost 66 rubles. …

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Iran bans Bitcoin dealings

Iran has banned the country’s banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, over money-laundering concerns, Iran's central bank said. "Banks and credit institutions and currency exchanges should avoid any …

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Moody's: Russian economy resilient to US sanctions

Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service said that Russia’s strong public and external finances would shield its economy from the impact of the latest US sanctions. However, according to the agency, the sanctions will be …

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Doesn't collapse of ruble bother Russians?

The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) has conducted a public opinion poll, according to its results, the increase in the dollar and euro exchange rates does not bother the majority of Russians (60%). Two-thirds of the …

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License of Sevastopol-based VVB bank revoked

Russia’s central bank has revoked a banking license from Sevastopol-based bank VVB, ranked 179th by assets as of March 1, the authority said. In December 2017, the central bank introduced an interim administration at VVB for six …

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