• Russia isn't like the '1990s'  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Russia has been dominating the news recently and its economy is not looking good. Anastasia Nesvetailova, director at City University's political economy research centre explains more.

  • Time to end the Cold War for good: Jeffrey Sachs Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev last November.

    The Cuba rapprochement is a reminder that a Ukraine resolution is needed and that it's time to end the Cold War once and for all, says Jeffrey Sachs.

  • *Kudrin: Russia didn't tackle problems fast enough. *Russia to be downgraded to' junk' status next year. MOSCOW, Dec 22- 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 on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy.

  • Seeking clear cyber protocols: Ustream  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    Brad Hunstable, Ustream founder and CEO, discusses his company's 2012 cyberattack by Russian sympathizers because of content posted on Ustream.

  • Morgan Stanley, Rosneft deal sours amid sanctions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:37 AM ET
    An illuminated Rosneft oil company logo sits on the roof of an OAO Rosneft gas station near the Ostankino TV tower displaying the colors of the Russian national flag in Moscow, Russia

    Morgan Stanley and Rosneft announced on Monday that they had to terminate the sale of Morgan Stanley's oil unit due to likely regulatory refusal.

  • Cuba relations with Russia & Venezuela in focus  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Cuba's relationship with Venezuela and Russia are in focus because of the decline in oil prices. Cuba gets more than half of its oil from Venezuela every day.

  • Russia near full-fledged crisis: Ex-finance minister Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year that will trigger defaults, a respected ex-finance minister has warned. The FT reports.

  • Have 2 small plants in Russia: Caterpillar CEO  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO, explains the impact of currency swings to his business, as well as weakness in Russia's economy.

  • Russia bails out bank following ruble slide Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:44 AM ET

    MOSCOW— 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 falling oil prices is straining the banking system. The Central Bank said Monday that it will provide a 30- billion ruble loan to help the Trust Bank to continue operating as normal.

  • There were also hopes that Greece could avoid destabilizing snap elections after Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras made a surprise offer to bring pro-European independents into the government if they backed his choice for new president. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 1 percent, Germany's DAX by 0.9 percent and France's CAC rose 1.2...

  • Russia to enter 'deep recession' in 2015?  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    With China's foreign minister offering to help Russia if needed, Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, discusses how Moscow is fairing, saying 2015 will show a "deep recession" for Russia.

  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:27 AM ET

    MINSK, Belarus— As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards— Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed " Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union. Food exports to Russia have been a major hard currency-earner for cash-strapped Belarus,...

  • Carlo Gallo, director at Enquirisk, says Russia economic situation is likely to deteriorate further as the oil price remains low and the sanctions bite.

  • Low oil price to fuel resentment in Russia: Pro  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Carlo Gallo, director at Enquirisk, says the low oil price is likely to lead to a cut back on public spending in Russia fueling "resentment" by the population against the government.

  • JPMorgan upgrades Russian equities to neutral  Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 8:09 PM ET

    Adrian Mowat, MD, Chief Asian & Emerging Market Equity Strategist at J.P. Morgan, attributes the upgrade to possible stability in the ruble and oil prices. He also explains why he likes other EMs, such as Turkey and China.

  • Belarus' president promises help for Ukraine Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    MOSCOW— Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro- Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships. Ukraine's year of crisis has been unsettling to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled autocratically since 1994, and wants to fend off any protest movement like those that...

  • ABU DHABI, Dec 21- Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non- OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's biggest slump in years. "If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut."

  • At a meeting in November, OPEC kept its target output of 30 million barrels per day unchanged, leaving the market to balance itself without the group's intervention. That stance was seen as a shift from a longstanding policy in which OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia acts as a swing supplier. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, he said: "The talk...

  • KYBARTAI, Lithuania, Dec 21- Geopolitics plague Lithuanians at this frozen Russian border post, where a return trip by car can mean 48 hours of queuing. Tensions with Moscow have simmered ever since Lithuania became the first republic to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, although only 6 percent of the population are Russian speakers, far fewer...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The United States on Friday prohibited investment in Crimea and slapped sanctions on 24 Ukrainians and Russians and several companies it determined were contributing to destabilizing Ukraine. The actions followed similar moves by the European Union this week, and continue the West's policy of not recognizing Moscow's annexation of...