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  • "With the goal of limiting speculative activity, the Bank of Russia is considering exclusively measures of an economic character and does not intend to introduce administrative restrictions," the bank said in e-mailed comments. "If there is evidence of manipulation in the forex market, the Bank of Russia intends to initiate an investigation into relevant...

  • *Europe shares slide, Wall Street subdued. LONDON, Dec 4- The euro and bond yields in the currency bloc spiked and shares stumbled on Thursday after the European Central Bank stuck to its line that it will judge early in 2015 whether more action is needed to revive the euro zone economy. Markets had been hoping for firmer details on if and when the central bank will...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- Russian asset prices fell sharply on Thursday after a state-of-the-nation speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin left investors unimpressed by promised reforms, and oil prices resumed their decline. The rouble had been up about 1.1 percent against both currencies and dropped after Putin began his speech, repeating his long-standing...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was considering only measures of an economic character against foreign exchange market speculators and did not plan administrative restrictions that would limit trading. "Introduction of mandatory sales of foreign currency revenues is not being considered," the bank also said in e-mailed comments.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- The rouble weakened on Thursday, reversing strong morning gains, as a keynote state-of-the-nation speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin left investors unimpressed by promised reforms. The rouble had been up around 1.1 percent against both currencies at 0900 GMT, but fell sharply into negative territory after Putin began his speech with...

  • *Putin says Russia's enemies seek its downfall. MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin accused Russia's enemies on Thursday of seeking to carve it up and destroy its economy to punish it for growing strong, in an annual state of the union speech that seemed to outdo even his own recent strident nationalism. So determined was the West to destroy Russia, he said, that...

  • Putin says Russia will overcome any challenge Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin portrayed Russia as a strong state on Thursday that would overcome its current difficulties.

  • "This is not just a nervous reaction of the United States and their allies to our stance in regard to the events and coup in Ukraine; not even in regard to the so-called Crimean spring. It has been applied to our country for many, many years.. every time when anyone only thinks Russia has become strong, independent, such instruments are applied immediately.

  • As of Nov. 1. the National Wealth Fund, aimed at covering future pension shortages, stood at $81.7 billion.

  • *European bourses add to gains in Asia to lift world markets. *U.S. crude oil steadies at $70 a barrel. LONDON, Dec 4- Bets that European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi will open the door wider to U.S.-style money printing pinned the euro at a two-year low and lifted world shares on Thursday, as China and Japan also geared up for more stimulus.

  • Putin says Russia wants cooperation with the West Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not choose the path of isolation and would continue to cooperate with the United States and Europe, despite the Ukraine crisis.

  • Putin's speech to focus on plans for Russia  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Russian PM Vladimir Putin is likely to focus on "laying out plans" for Russia in his key speech, says Christopher Granville, MD at Trusted Sources.

  • Low oil price 'crushing' Russian economy: Pro  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    The low oil price rather than sanctions are "crushing" the Russian economy, Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS Financial, says, ahead of a key speech by President Vladimir Putin.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- The rouble firmed on Thursday as markets weighed comments from the central bank confirming its readiness to defend the fragile Russian currency and awaited a keynote speech by President Vladimir Putin. At 0745 GMT, the rouble was 0.6 percent firmer at 52.81 versus the dollar and 0.9 percent stronger at 64.97 against the euro, easing back after...

  • CNBC.com hot list: Putin's nightmare  Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    CNBC.com Managing Editor Allen Wastler reports an analysis piece on Vladimir Putin and a look at how activist investors have changed the private equity game are the hottest topics among CNBC.com readers.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin is under pressure to show he has a prescription to cure Russia's rapidly growing economic ills in his annual state of the union address on Thursday. Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, sharp falls in global oil prices and the rouble's slide against the dollar culminated in an acknowledgement by government...

  • *Lower oil price, weak economy may cost budget $180 billion. MOSCOW, Dec 3- As Russia grapples with the impact of plunging energy prices and a contracting economy on its government finances, painful cuts in state spending have become unavoidable. But rather than touch sizeable defence and social expenditures backed by President Vladimir Putin, the axe is most...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- A compromise defense policy bill in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. It also authorizes $63.7 billion in spending for U.S. wars overseas, mainly Afghanistan and the...

  • 'Series of crises' sparks Russian tax crackdown Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Five thousand Russian ruble banknotes pass through a money counting machine at a store in Moscow.

    The Kremlin is cracking down on Russian citizens and companies that it says are evading taxes by investing overseas.

  • *Gazprom plans to redirect pipeline to Turkey. MOSCOW, Dec 2- President Vladimir Putin's decision to drop the South Stream pipeline project is a blow but not an end to Russia's search for ways to get natural gas to Europe without going through Ukraine. Some experts say Russia could have saved billions of dollars by continuing to ship gas through Ukraine and...