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  • MINSK, Nov 22- Belarus has cut its 2015 economic growth forecast to 0.2-0.7 percent from the previous 2.0 percent because of the economic slowdown in Russia, state news agency Belta quoted Economy Minister Nikolai Snopkov as saying. In recent years, Belarus has received tens of billions of dollars in loans and rebates for energy prices from Russia, hit this year...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 22- Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, RIA news agency quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday. The sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil technology, goods and services,...

  • 2015 stock outlook: Good but not great, and bumpy Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big-- or to come with as little heartburn-- as before. The economy is growing, and employers have added more than 200,000 jobs for nine straight months, the longest such streak since 1995. "Everything is pointing to...

  • NYC man gets prison for role in cybercrime ring Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— A New York City man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. Richard Gundersen received a 41- month prison term and was ordered to pay $88 million in...

  • Serbia to revoke Ukrainian billionaire's passport Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbia will revoke the citizenship it granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, who is on a European Union sanctions list and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges, officials said Friday. Serbia is playing a delicate balancing act between its traditional Slavic ally Russia and the EU. Although it says it respects Ukrainian...

  • *Novak, Rosneft's Sechin to fly to Vienna before OPEC meeting. Before OPEC meets next week, Russia has already spoken to members Venezuela and Saudi Arabia about the need to support the oil market, and Moscow expects to send a high-ranking delegation to Vienna before the meeting to press the message on prices. A price of at least $100 a barrel is needed to balance the...

  • Russian FM: politics must not affect oil decisions Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's foreign minister said Friday that political issues should not influence decisions on global oil production, even as the country's economy takes a hit from falling oil prices. Russia is weighing how to respond to this year's 30 percent drop in the price of crude, to below $80 per barrel. When asked whether Russia was willing to cut oil production...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 21- Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned President Vladimir Putin on Friday that "excessive conservatism" could restrict economic and political freedoms and said populist policies would weaken Russia. Kudrin, a liberal economist and long-time Putin ally, also said it would take years to woo foreign investors back to Russia and restore...

  • DIARY - Top economic events to Dec 4 Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo testifies on " Physical Commodities" before the Senate Homeland Security& Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations in Washington- 1430 GMT. WASHINGTON- New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley testifies to Senate Banking subcommittee on Financial...

  • Nato holds largest cyber war games Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 PM ET

    In the birch woods that ring the eastern Estonian city of Tartu, 50km from the Russian border, Nato is preparing for cyber war.

  • The rouble was also supported by a firming oil price, with Brent crude gaining to $78.8 per barrel as markets weighed the possibility of OPEC cutting production at a key meeting on Nov. 27. "If OPEC takes a decision to reduce volumes this will have a notable impact on the rouble, but for the time being it will probably trade sideways," Grand Capital analyst Sergei...

  • *Western insurers fear further sanctions on Russia. LONDON/ MOSCOW, Nov 20- Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out, worried that any business they undertake is at risk from future measures and an increasingly sick economy. Existing sanctions, along with an oil...

  • *Ukraine losses in Q3 at 14.4 bln rbls. MOSCOW, Nov 20- Russia's second-largest bank VTB expects a tough end to the year after posting a 98 percent slide in third-quarter profit because of higher provisions for bad loans, an economic slowdown and losses over Ukraine. The state-controlled bank, which was sanctioned by the United States and European Union over...

  • Russia has little to offer in oil price war Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    *Russia needs oil price of $100 to balance budget. MOSCOW, Nov 20- Russia can do little to shore up slumping global prices even if OPEC wants it to. Before next week's meeting of OPEC, Russia has already spoken to group member Venezuela about the need to "coordinate actions in defence" of oil prices and it plans to send a high-ranking delegation to press the message.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 20- The rouble opened stronger against both the dollar and the euro on Thursday, supported by end-of-month taxes that raise demand for the Russian currency, as volatility eased. "Persistent excessive volatility was likely one of the main factors behind the deterioration of forex spot liquidity," VTB Capital analysts said in a note.

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Crimean savers ask: Where's our money? Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Ten months after Russia invaded this Black Sea peninsula and seized it from Ukraine, the financial fallout is still being felt. Lawyers for the banks are preparing legal actions against Russia, which confiscated many of the banks' buildings, equipment and cash. The banking and phone chaos are another front in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Dec 3 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MADGEBURG, Germany- Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch speaks in Magdeburg, Germany- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to speak on "Understanding of economic matters" in Vienna- 1700 GMT. FRANKFURT- EU Council President Van Rompuy, ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy, ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger to take...

  • *Foreigners dominate Hungary retail market. BUDAPEST, Nov 19- Multi-national supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said on Wednesday, after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two years. Hungary's economy ministry this week submitted to parliament a draft bill that...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- President Vladimir Putin hailed Hungary as one of Russia's most important partners on Wednesday, giving his seal of approval to a budding relationship with a Soviet-era ally that is worrying some of its European Union allies. While the Ukraine crisis is straining ties between many EU capitals and Moscow, Hungary- which relies heavily on Russia...

  • Moscow's first McDonald's reopens after 90-day closure Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 19- The first McDonald's restaurant in Moscow reopened on Wednesday after closing for nearly a three months over health and safety violations that came as relations between Russia and the United States fell to post-Soviet lows due to the crisis in Ukraine. McDonald's Corp's restaurant, which opened in 1990, closed in late August in what became a...