Anton Siluanov

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  A protester   gestures at a placard with combo portrait picturing faces of the President Poroshenko and former president Yanukovich with a slogan ‘No to elections with Yanukovich law’ during their rally near the Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine has won the latest round of its court battle with Russia over a controversial $3 billion (€2.6 billion) Irish-listed bond, which Moscow bought(...)

Russian dolls in the likeness of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russia will regard any US move to curb  its banks as a “declaration of economic war”. Photograph: Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images

Russia will further decrease its holdings of US securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down US companies in R(...)

 A man smokes outside a currency exchange office while an electronic information panel shows the latest exchange rates, in Moscow. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

With the latest surge in bloodshed in Ukraine and tightening of western sanctions, the country’s crisis seemed to lurch, not closer to a resolution bu(...)

Red Square, Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin and his allies are not expecting Russians to survive on patriotism alone. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

With no end in sight to a slump in oil prices that halved the rouble’s value against the dollar last year, Russia has urged its people to tighten thei(...)

An employee looks out over an oil refinery  in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The drop in oil prices is driving a sharp recession in the country. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as auth(...)

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s rouble strengthened on Friday after finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that(...)

Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin (2nd R) shakes hands with leaders of the Crimean parliamentary delegation speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (2nd L), prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy during a meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Russia’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych at the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. Russia offered $15 billion in loans and a sharp discount on natural gas prices to Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Pool via The New York Times

Ukraine’s president faced calls to resign today over a $15-billion (€11 billion) bailout from Russia which the opposition and protesters said had sold(...)

US Treasury secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke assured their G20 counterparts at a dinner last night that a resolution would be reached to avoid a debt crisis. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Top finance officials from the G20 leading economies looked set to keep their focus on the receding risk of a US default at talks today as hopes grew (...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev  chairing a meeting with his deputies at the Gorki state residence outside Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Ekaterina Shtukina/Reuters

Moscow has agreed to consider easing the terms of a €2.5 billion loan to struggling Cyprus, while also demand(...)

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