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  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...

  • MOSCOW— Russia's leading environmentalist, whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country's richest men, has moved to Estonia to ensure she is not separated from her children. "It is difficult to work in Russia because they can come for you at any moment like they blackmailed me once with my children," she told The Associated Press on...

  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday he was happy over a report that Greece was poised to sign a gas deal with Russia, though he added it would not solve the cash-strapped euro zone nation's economic problems. "I am happy about that for Greece," Schaeuble told journalists on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the...

  • Greece poised to sign gas deal with Russia - Spiegel Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 18- Greece is poised to sign a gas deal with Russia as early as Tuesday which could bring 3- 5 billion euros into depleted government coffers, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing a senior figure in the ruling Syriza party. During a visit to Moscow earlier this month, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed interest in participating in a...

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian railcar manufacturer United Wagon Company plans to float at least 10 percent of its shares on the Moscow exchange, it said on Friday, representing Russia's first initial public offering in more than a year. Russia's most recent IPO was by budget hypermarket chain Lenta in February last year, weeks before Moscow annexed the Crimea region...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on...

  • Talking to Putin   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    Talking to Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges with anchors in his yearly "Direct Line with Putin," which this year lasted four hours. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky breaks down the most important headlines.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India would buy 36 French Rafale jets for an estimated $4.3 billion, in effect ending talks on a larger deal for 126 planes that would have sucked up some $20 billion and locked rivals out of the market for a generation. Saab was proposing to establish "fully-fledged production" of the Gripen in India...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was gunned down Thursday in broad daylight in Kiev, local police said, a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual televised call-in show, was informed by the moderator of reports of Buzyna's death and immediately said "this is not the first...

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. He said France's failure to deliver the warship wouldn't damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France. President Vladimir Putin says the West...

  • Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under 2 years Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon. Sitting at a desk in a television studio in front of rows of telephone operators taking calls from viewers, Putin said the...

  • MOSCOW— Putin says killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov' tragic and shameful'.

  • Russian PM holds annual call-in   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Russian PM holds annual call-in

    The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is holding his annual phone-in, where ordinary Russians are invited to ask him questions.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. The stake has been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, Gunvor said in a statement. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in...

  • Wave of state-led M&A in Russia is over: CEO   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    Wave of state-led M&A in Russia is over: CEO

    SIBUR CEO, Dmitry Konov, tells CNBC that he believes the wave of state involvement in Russian M&A is over.

  • And Venezuela's oil minister Asdrubal Chavez met in Caracas with the local ambassadors of eight OPEC members plus Indonesia on Wednesday, the ministry said. Nearly four months of sub- $60 a barrel crude oil prices is weighing heavily on cash-strapped producers such as Venezuela and Russia, who failed to coax OPEC into cutting output last November.

  • Oil rally challenges Wall Street's bearish views Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:21 PM ET
    A worker prepares to lift drills by pulley to the main floor of Endeavor Energy Resources Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas.

    The idea that crude oil could crater in the next couple of weeks is being challenged as oil futures bounce off 2015 highs and are now up 17 percent this month.