Latest articles from Russia

Vladimir Dmitriev

March 31, 2010

State-owned development bank Vnesheconombank became a vital tool for the Russian government to combat the financial crisis, not only at home but also in neighbouring countries. The bank's chairman explains how it is exiting the assistance phase and preparing a long-term role in the economy. Writer Philip Alexander

Stage set for mergers

February 1, 2010

As the central bank of Russia tightens capital requirements, the country's Top 50 banks look set to continue accumulating capital and assets at the expense of smaller players. Writer Philip Alexander

Russia's ambitious plan for economic reform

February 1, 2010

The economic advisor to the Russian president explains why he is cautiously optimistic about the country's economic prospects for 2010. Interview by Philip Alexander.

The survival of Russian retail banking

October 28, 2009

The Russian retail banking sector has survived the crisis largely intact, and the change of focus from growth to funding and risk management could have long-term benefits for its resilience. Writer Philip Alexander

Crisis stirs sleeping giant into life

October 5, 2009

Dominant state-owned Sberbank has not so far matched its entrenched status with market-leading service quality. The bank's head of strategy, Denis Bugrov, explains how he aims to change that. Writer Philip Alexander

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Local players step up as Russian market thaws

October 5, 2009

Russian capital markets have taken longer than most to thaw in the wake of the credit crisis, but leading local investment banks are now getting the chance to put their new ownership structures to the test. Writer Philip Alexander

How to plug Russia's financing gap?

July 7, 2009

By the onset of the global credit squeeze in 2007, Russian companies had racked up at least $300bn in foreign debt and more than 100 were considering equity listings abroad. The world has since been transformed as companies battle for scarce capital and funding. This round table on financing for Russian companies, held in April, gave senior bankers the opportunity to discuss the challenges with investors, corporate advisers and company executives.

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