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1 HOUR AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Russia bails out bank following ruble slide

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is straining the banking system. Last week, its descent gathered pace, sparking a consumer boom as worried Russians flocked to shops to ...

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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies. [...] Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said in comments to Russian news agencies that the government opposes currency controls as a way to tackle the ...

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2 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Russia Entering 'Full-Fledged Economic Crisis,' Former Finance Minister Says

* Kudrin: Russia to be downgraded to 'junk' status next year * Says government slow to respond to economic difficulties * Sees 2015 inflation at 12-15 per cent By Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said ...

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5 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Russian minister talks up the ruble

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies. The government "opposes" currency controls as a way to tackle the ruble crisis, and sees "more harm in them" than potential advantages, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov ...

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6 HOURS AGO - Forbes

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Putin's Problem: Corruption, Not Just Sanctions

Not very many world leaders could have addressed their nation and told citizens they would have a tough two years ahead, as Vladimir Putin did last week in his end-of-the-year address to Russians, blaming Western sanctions against Russia and falling oil prices for the economic shambles the country finds itself [...]

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