Russian bank profitability is healthy, but there are fears around asset quality in consumer banking, and the regulator is taking a tougher line on money laundering and liquidity problems.
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The Russian sovereign dispensed with a pre-deal roadshow for the first time to speed up the issuance process during heightened market uncertainty and still managed a heavily oversubscribed deal that included a debut euro tranche.
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A number of foreign banks scaled back operations in Russia after the financial crisis, but those that remain are generating very high returns in many cases.
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