Russia 090417 Basic Political Developments

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National Economic Trends

  • Russian monetary base up 1.7% in week to $112.7 bln

  • Russian economy to start recovering only in 2011 - Arkady Dvorkovich, an assistant to the Russian president said at a forum of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

  • Russian min sees positive trends despite poor econ indicators - Nabiullina cited growth in food production and car output as evidence of improving conditions. She said she hoped that government support measures, including subsidies for car loans, would help increase auto production.

  • Optimistic CBR - The CBR is becoming increasingly optimistic on net private capital outflows in 2009.

  • CBR guides for current account surplus above $40 bln, expects to cut interest rates

Business, Energy or Environmental regulations or discussions

  • Certain companies decline government support - Russian sixth-largest oil producer Tatneft says it will waive inclusion in the government list of 295 strategic companies, because the chances of getting financial assistance are small, while greater government control of its operation is inevitable.

  • Banks and companies haggle over financial support - Banks want to toughen control over bad debtors, but companies are complaining the banks don't even renew loans to disciplined borrowers.

  • Russia’s Richest Lose $380 Billion as Crisis Bites, Forbes Says

  • Prokhorov Tops Forbes Russia’s Diminished List of Billionaires

  • Novolipetsk Steel Output, Sales Rise on China Demand (Update1)

  • Russia's Kerimov raises Polyus stake to 37% -paper

  • Kerimov buys Potanin's remaining 15% in Polyus Gold – Vedomosti

  • The agency for restructuring of mortgage loans (ARIZhK) will revise the eligibility criteria of "problematic" borrowers

  • Alfa Expects Bad Loans To Eat Profit

  • Russian government to subsidize Transmashholding: will LTPL benefit?

  • Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Braced For Headwinds

  • Atomenergoprom gains control of Energomash UK

  • Firms Seek New Bioethanol Sources - Russian companies, frustrated by slow legal reforms, have abandoned costly projects to produce bioethanol from grain and are instead trying to make the environmentally friendly fuel component from other sources.

  • Mercury unauthorised dumping sites in Altai settlement threaten Ob river

  • Russian Real Estate Sector: Cash Matters

Activity in the Oil and Gas sector (including regulatory)

  • Kudrin indicates possible 20% fall in gas production

  • Lukoil May Reduce Uzbekistan Gas Output On Gazprom Request

  • LUKoil wants Trebs and Titov deposits

  • Russia's Sakhalin-1 2009 budget totals $2 bln

  • Transneft and Rosneft ink agreement on oil supplies to China

  • Crown Oil & Gas snares Russian assets

  • Sibir joy at record Salym output

  • 9 million tons of oil through Belokamenka

  • Oil production puts Russia on collision course - OPEC is squaring up for a spat with Moscow as it becomes increasingly frustrated with Russia's reluctance to curb oil output as agreed with the international cartel.


  • Gazprom ties up $2bn bond - Russia's Gazprom expects to close the order book on its 10-year $2 billion bond at 0900 GMT on Friday, with yield guidance unchanged from 9.25% 9.5%, market sources said.

  • Russia Gazprom sees Eurobond pricing at 9.25%-source

  • Azerbaijan And Russia To Conclude Gas Sales Deal - Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) will formalize a gas sale agreement this May, said the newly appointed Russian ambassador to Baku, Vladimir Dorokhin.

  • Mr. Petar Skundric: “South Stream will most certainly go through Serbia”

  • Gazprom Unit Gets Sale License in Ukraine, Kommersant Reports

  • Gazprom: Ukraine takes too less gas

  • Gazprom may benefit from Russian government borrowing


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Basic Political Developments

Lieberman tells Russian deputy FM Israel forming new policy on peace talks,7340,L-3702507,00.html


04.17.09, 12:00 / Israel News

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov on Friday and stressed to him that the new government was in the process of forming a policy on negotiations with the Palestinians. Lieberman said the new policy will be presented to the international community once it is completed.


Lieberman expressed his reservations regarding the Russian initiative to bring the situation in the Middle East to a UN Security Council session before Israeli's policy is formed. "Such sessions only give a stage to criticize Israel and nothing more," he said. (Roni Sofer)

Lavrov Seeks to Revive North Korea Nuclear Talks, Chosun Says

By Bomi Lim

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to Pyongyang next week to try to persuade North Korea to return to international nuclear talks, Chosun Ilbo newspaper said, citing unidentified Russian officials.

Lavrov plans a two-day visit to the North Korean capital on about April 24, the South Korean newspaper reported. He will meet with his North Korean counterpart, Pak Ui Chun, and may also hold talks with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Il, it said.

Kim’s regime expelled United Nations nuclear inspectors this week after declaring April 14 it was quitting international talks aimed at scrapping the nation’s atomic weapons program. The six-party talks involve North Korea, the U.S, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bomi Lim in Seoul at

Last Updated: April 16, 2009 20:02 EDT

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