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  • MOSCOW, Oct 9- Russia will appeal against a decision by Europe's top human rights court to award shareholders in Yukos 1.9 billion euros by the end of this month, RIA news agency quoted Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov as saying on Thursday. In July, the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia had failed to "strike a fair balance" in its treatment of...

  • Critics say it would shield Russian billionaires and officials from the impact of sanctions imposed over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The draft law passed its first reading in the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament. It then goes for approval to the Federation Council, the upper house of...

  • Russia offers India stakes in Siberian oilfields- sources Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Oct 8- Rosneft has offered stakes in its two east Siberian oilfields to India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp, two Indian sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the sanctions-hit Russian company looks beyond Western firms to develop its vast resources. The sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and Europe to punish Moscow for its...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 7- Russia's finance minister said on Tuesday the country could no longer afford a multi-billion-dollar revamp of the armed forces approved by President Vladimir Putin, stepping up a campaign to trim spending as sanctions over the Ukraine crisis bite. "A new defense program will be prepared now, and in its framework we want to reconsider the amount of...

  • China is ready to seize any business opportunities in Russia resulting from Moscow's diplomatic showdown with Europe over Ukraine, Beijing's ambassador to Berlin said this week. China and Russia have close economic and diplomatic links, and China has been unwilling to get involved in the Ukraine crisis aside from calling for talks and a peaceful resolution.

  • China is ready to seize any business opportunities in Russia resulting from Moscow's diplomatic showdown with Europe over Ukraine, Beijing's ambassador to Berlin told Reuters this week. China and Russia have close economic and diplomatic links, and China has been unwilling to get involved in the Ukraine crisis aside from calling for talks and a peaceful...

  • Russia to become more transparent: Putin  Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russia Calling conference that the Bank of Russia can still practice currency intervention, and that the country is working on delivering more transparency for businesses.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- President Vladimir Putin dismissed Western sanctions as "utter foolishness" on Thursday and said they would not stop Russia developing into a stronger economic power. Addressing financiers worried about the weakening economy, capital flight and a possible increase in state intervention, he said Russia was well placed to weather the storm.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he will not intervene in the legal investigation into the privatisation of mid-sized oil producer Bashneft, controlled by the Sistema conglomerate.

  • *German firms worry about Chinese grabbing Russia business. BERLIN, Oct 2- China is ready to seize any business opportunities in Russia resulting from Moscow's diplomatic showdown with Europe over Ukraine, Beijing's ambassador to Berlin said ahead of a meeting of German and Chinese leaders next week. Over 6,000 German firms are active in Russia and Germany is...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the government would help companies hit by Western sanctions over Ukraine and that it would increase the capital of domestic banks. "The government is prepared to support sectors and companies that have been hit by unwarranted foreign sanctions. He also said that at least 30 billion roubles would...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia will not impose restrictions on cross-border capital and currency movements.

  • Russia's RusHydro targets more Asian investment Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    *RusHydro feels no adverse effect from Western sanctions. MOSCOW, Sept 30- Russia's largest hydropower producer, RusHydro, is planning an extensive roadshow to attract investment from China and Singapore, seeking to strength business ties with Asia as Moscow's relations with the West cool.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia hopes for Ukraine gas deal this week Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    ATYRAU, Kazakhstan, Sept 30- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Moscow and Kiev would this week settle their differences over a timetable for Ukraine to pay its natural gas debts to Russia.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The woman likely to become the EU's new trade chief sought to reassure lawmakers on Monday that U.S. companies will not be able to challenge Europe's safety and environmental rules if Brussels and Washington agree the world's biggest trade deal.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Sept 28- The United States and Russia see Islamic State as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust and agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely, say U.S. officials.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 26- Russia's newly approved budget rests on optimistic GDP forecasts as well as high oil prices, forcing the government to work hard to meet its projected growth rates, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

  • Secretive Russian oil giant has no fear of sanctions Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    Vladimir Bogdanov's Surgutneftegas has no Western debts, no foreign partners on its huge Siberian fields and uses no Western drilling technology, making it virtually immune to sanctions imposed on Russia to try and persuade it to change course over Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Sept 26- Trading house Gunvor reported a healthy rise in core earnings on stable revenues in the first six months of 2014 despite a brief spell of turmoil when its co-founder, Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko, was put on a U.S. sanctions list.

  • *Faces charges over acquisition of Bashneft. A Moscow court ordered the seizure of Sistema's stake in Bashneft a day after a judge refused to release Yevtushenkov, who is under house arrest on suspicion of money laundering during the oil firm's acquisition in 2009..