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Russian banks are set to lose 1 trillion rubles in 2015

The Russian central bank's rate drop last week will not be enough to prevent the country's banking system from posting heavy losses this year, which could run to as much as 1 trillion rubles ($14.5 billion; £9.6 billion).<p>Research from the ratings agency Moody's indicates that Russian banks are …

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US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine

With rebels having seized extra 200 square miles of territory, US’s leaking of talks about sending weapons to Kiev may be Obama’s way of warning Putin to back off<p>The public disclosure that the US is considering supplying lethal weaponry to Ukraine in its battle with Russian-backed separatists, …

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How to Win Friends and Influence Putin

Repairing U.S.-Russia relations is possible. Too bad Washington keeps making them worse.<p>Last week, as the ruble collapsed in value against the U.S. …

Russia to counteract NATO's boosted presence in Black Sea – envoy

Moscow is being forced to come up with countermeasures in response to NATO's increased presence in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said …

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8 Mar 2017 | Security Watch<p>The apocalypse is nigh and Donald Trump is its agent, right? That’s not what Peter Viggo Jakobsen thinks. What if the new …

Putin couldn't make Russia a great power, so he made it a geopolitical racketeer

What in the hell is Vladimir Putin up to? It's perhaps one of the most important and salient questions of 2014. Russia-watchers and Russians have spent much of the year debating what's behind Putin's adventurism in Ukraine, his meddling in eastern Europe's Baltic states, his support for …

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Things Could Get Much Worse For Russia

In the world of central banking slow, steady and predictable decisions are the aim. So when bankers meet in the dead of night and raise interest rates by a massive 6.5 percentage points it suggests something is going very wrong.<p>It is: the Russian currency crisis many feared is now a reality (see …

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Russia’s military doctrine remains ‘solely defensive’ – Putin

Russia is going to maintain its security “consistently and rigorously,” President Vladimir Putin has said. And despite NATO’s military buildup close …

Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

North Korea’s leader may travel to Russia to mark the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany on 9 May as mark of closer relations<p>Follow live: FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack Everything’s fine, says Putin in press conference – including my love life Opinion: Wrecking Russia’s economy could be a …

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Ukraine conflict: Hackers take sides in virtual war

<b>Throughout the bitter violence of the Ukrainian conflict, another hidden war has been waged, involving several groups of computer hackers.</b><p>Little is beyond their reach. Official documents and private communications are made public, and websites blocked. They hijack CCTV cameras, electronic …

Ukraine crisis: Obama orders ban on Crimea trade

<b>US President Barack Obama has ordered a ban on the export of goods, technology and services to Crimea.</b><p>The executive order also imposes new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies.<p>Mr Obama said the move showed the US would never accept Russia's annexation of Crimea in …

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Russia not fit to be part of international financial system – Cameron

The combined effect produced by Western sanctions and low oil prices proves that there’s no place for Russia in the international financial system, believes British prime minister David Cameron, urging for more pressure on Moscow.<p><b>Tags</b>Oil, Russia, UK, Ukraine, Politics, Currencies, Sanctions<p><i>“We</i> …

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine

<b>Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss their ideas of "holy war".</b><p>Even when the …

​‘Can’t stuff this bear’ & other Putin Q&A quotes

The range of answers at Vladimir Putin’s annual meeting with the media varied from purely practical to practically poetic and even personal. RT has …

What Putin is not telling us

The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions - and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of …

The casualties of Russia's decline

<b>In the 21st Century, no economy is an island, entire of itself.</b><p>But as Russia looks likely to enter a deep recession - fuelled by plummeting oil prices and the plunging rouble - the West has remained sanguine about the potential impact on global finances.<p>Heavyweights like the US and UK would argue …

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.<p>While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a …

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I feel no responsibility for rouble’s collapse, says Putin

Russian president offers few solid solutions during annual press conference, but promises economy will overcome crises<p>Vladimir Putin has promised that Russia will weather the rouble crisis, adding that he feels no responsibility for the currency’s fall.<p>During his annual press conference on …

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