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Russia says photos don't prove its spy was linked to Skripal case

28 Sep 2018

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Friday a likeness between a Russian intelligence colonel and a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case does not prove they are the same person, comparing the resemblance to that of impersonators posing as Lenin.

Russian debt chief stays calm amid U.S. sanctions threat

27 Sep 2018

MOSCOW The finance ministry in Moscow does not believe U.S. sanctions against Russian state debt are inevitable, and sees no imminent need to intervene in the bond market to support it, a senior ministry official said.

Sanctions seen hitting Russia's economic growth, not rating - Fitch

25 Sep 2018

MOSCOW U.S. sanctions will weigh on Russia's economic growth but are unlikely to imminently deprive Moscow of its investment-grade rating, the head of Fitch Ratings Sovereigns group said on Tuesday.

Russia raises rates for first time since 2014, extends FX buying pause

14 Sep 2018

MOSCOW The Russian central bank raised rates for the first time since late 2014 on Friday and promised not to buy foreign currency on the market until the end of this year end as it acknowledged risks of the weaker rouble and U.S. sanctions.

Russia central bank seen holding rates, sending a hawkish signal: Reuters poll

10 Sep 2018

MOSCOW The Russian central bank is seen holding the key rate at 7.25 percent on Friday but is widely expected to warn it could tighten monetary policy, given risks stemming from the recently crashed rouble, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

Rouble slumps to weakest since 2016 on sanctions fears

06 Sep 2018

MOSCOW The Russian rouble crashed to its weakest levels in two and a half years on Thursday, pressured by fears of more Western sanctions after Britain revealed details about the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

UPDATE 1-Russian central bank supports rouble by saying rate hike possible

04 Sep 2018

MOSCOW, Sept 4 The Russian rouble pared losses on Tuesday, gaining support from higher oil prices and comments from the central bank on the possibility of higher interest rates at a turbulent time for emerging markets.

UPDATE 1-Russia c.bank sees reasons for holding or raising key rate on Sept. 14

04 Sep 2018

MOSCOW, Sept 4 Russian central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Tuesday there were reasons for holding the key interest rate or even raising it as soon as next week in the wake of increased volatility on financial markets in Russia and abroad.

U.S. sanctions seen taking toll on Russian central bank policy - Reuters poll

31 Aug 2018

MOSCOW The Russian central bank will need to postpone a plan to cut rates due to new U.S. sanctions against Moscow seen taking toll on inflation and the rouble, a monthly Reuters poll of 20 analysts and economists showed on Friday.

Russia's Putin offers women a better pensions deal after popularity hit

29 Aug 2018

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was cutting a proposed retirement age for women from 63 to 60 years as he watered down draft legislation to reform the pensions system which has hurt his popularity and stirred protests. | Video

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