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Press mood stories for Russia

Jul 21, 2017 05:42GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Do you have a plan, CBR? [as prosecution wants from CBR to have plans in cases like Yugra’s] (Vedomosti)
Pensioners lag behind [as Russia ranks low in world pensioners ranking] (Vedomosti)
Just pay [as FinMin changes ways to pay fees as even relatives and friends would be able to pay your fee] (Vedomosti)
Gazprombank to share TSKAD [among the biggest ring roads in Moscow] (Vedomosti)
Secret buyers [as Russians start using more often e-trade, which is outside Rosstat’s scope for retail trade] (Vedomosti)
Moscow starts [housing] renovation [program] (Vedomosti)
Railway transport recovers from crisis [as passenger output grows by 10.6% y/y in H1] (Vedomosti)
Investment activity halts in June (Kommersant)
Renovation program adds a tenth [as 500 more homes are added] (Kommersant)
Auto dealers catch up with market [as number of new auto dealers is on rise in H1] (Vedomosti)
Investors win on [oil stock] cuts (Kommersant)

Jul 20, 2017 06:25GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Prosecution gives its contribution to Yugra case (Vedomosti)
How much does it cost Syria [as Russia’s interventions are estimated to cost more than RUB 140bn] (Vedomosti)
A reverse in income [as real disposable incomes do not fall on annual basis in June] (Vedomosti)
Cities, no oil [as important for long-term growth, according to former FinMin Kudrin] (Vedomosti)
MPs take on Internet [as a new bill envisages the possibility to stop messenger services] (Vedomosti)
Sistema complaints in court (Vedomosti)
Oil companies pay lower dividends (Vedomosti)
Higher interest rates across the globe to absorb existing liquidity (Kommersant)
Oil output to return to growth in 2017-2018 [according to Vygon Consulting] (Kommersant)
Mini Sberbank [as Sberbank wants to create a bank to finance SMEs] (Kommersant)

Jul 19, 2017 06:30GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Gazprom gets two pipes [as it speeds up construction of Turkish stream] (Vedomosti)
Minsk ghosts [as self-proclaimed DNR wants to set up a new federation] (Vedomosti)
Little Russian idea [as nobody seems to believe in DNR’s Malorossia idea] (Vedomosti)
To heal and education others [as Russia wants to attract Asian students in medicine] (Vedomosti)
Un-normative losses at Yugra [as bank faced a big loss of RUB 17bn in June alone] (Vedomosti)
RDIF calls investors to enter Transneft (Vedomosti)
CBR to share with lobby [as deputy CBR governor likely to become head of bank association] (Kommersant)
Russians divided on those without children and those with many (Kommersant)
Gazprom finds hot spot [as gas consumption in Europe grows] (Kommersant)
Transneft readies for privatisation (Kommersant)

Jul 18, 2017 06:43GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Anti-trust agency enters roaming [as it wants changes in roaming tariffs] (Kommersant)
Industry gets into normal [mode as growth decelerates in June] (Kommersant)
Financial system passes through unplanned stress-test (Kommersant)
US dollar gets weaker [not only versus ruble] (Kommersant)
Russia does not know who is poor (Vedomosti)
Simple future [as Kremlin mulls different options for Putin’s image before elections] (Vedomosti)
Compromise reform [as anti-trust office, FinMin and EconMin are close to agree on a reform regarding state procurement] (Vedomosti)
To remove roaming for 14 days (Vedomosti)
AvtoVAZ cuts headcount [by 20% in 2017-2018] (Vedomosti)

Jul 17, 2017 06:10GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Housing] renovation program [in Moscow] to expand by a third (Vedomosti)
Future can’t be seen [as Kremlin struggles to find a new image for Putin before Mar 2018 presidential elections] (Vedomosti)
Positive President [as Putin sends positive message in a regional visit] (Vedomosti)
MPs to ask people [how they are doing their job] (Vedomosti)
[Tax] returns in a fast manner [as tax administration readies for fast tax returns] (Vedomosti)
Will Siemens go? [from Russia] (Vedomosti)
CBR to brief MPs on Yugra bank case (Vedomosti)
Crimea without a change [as Crimea’s debt towards Ukranian creditors may be written off] (Kommersant)
Budget lacks half a trillion [as fiscal gap reaches 0.6% of GDP in H1] (Kommersant)
America to offer Serbia to choose between Russia and West (Kommersant)

Jul 14, 2017 06:54GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Joint tour of Yandex and Uber [as the two companies join forces] (Vedomosti)
Power wants to be friends with people [as Moscow plans to pay for a survey how to improve relations with citizens] (Vedomosti)
Life after inflation [as businesses adjust to lower inflation environment] (Vedomosti)
Paying taxes on credit [as conditions for tax credits may ease] (Vedomosti)
Sheremetyevo airport gives cards [to loyal clients] (Vedomosti)
CBR enters pensions [funds] (Vedomosti)
Murders of Boris Nemtsov are not happy with court verdicts (Kommersant)
Hotels may get discounts [as policymakers mull lower VAT rate on hotels, among other measures] (Kommersant)
Lavrov gives Germany a lecture (Kommersant)
Paying for gas transit halts [as independent gas producers will not see higher transit fees this July] (Kommersant)
Jul 13, 2017 06:12GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Medvedev left behind for a film [as Putin campaigns for regional elections rather than Medvedev as expected due to Navalny’s film on Medvedev] (Vedomosti)
Creative to help [presidential] elections [as election committee plans massive media campaign] (Vedomosti)
Fruit-vegetable breeze [as these categories push inflation up in June] (Vedomosti)
Media receive tax breaks (Vedomosti)
Insurers live better than bankers (Vedomosti)
Gazpromneft reaches oil production limit (Vedomosti)
Parallel import goes with investment climate (Kommersant)
OPEC produces more oil than agreed (Kommersant)
Russian Standard goes online [as bank changes its business model] (Kommersant)
Coal cargo rises [by 6.5% y/y in H1] (Kommersant)

Jul 12, 2017 06:27GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
June went in minus [as CA swings to a surprising deficit] (Vedomosti)
Tatarstan seeks agreement [with Kremlin on a prolongation of their agreement for cooperation] (Vedomosti)
Mayors to be responsible for state secrets with their ‘heads’ (Vedomosti)
FinMin gives material to court [as Moscow authorities illegally re-calculated 2,500 places’ values] (Vedomosti)
Digital spectacle [as lobbies start to fight for money for digital economy] (Vedomosti)
Buyers go on sites [as prospect homeowners focus on new buildings] (Vedomosti)
Auto credit with a discount (Vedomosti)
Demand makes a hole in CA (Kommersant)
Non-oil, non-energy exports grow but their share falls (Kommersant)
NATO days for Ukraine [as NATO’s chief goes to a visit in Ukraine] (Kommersant)

Jul 11, 2017 05:51GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bank Yugra does not lead to good [as CBR puts temporary administration with the bank] (Vedomosti)
To help ambulance [as policymakers raise fees for going late to addresses] (Vedomosti)
Politics without politicians [as young people do not want to enter politics] (Vedomosti)
Inefficient efficiency [as public spending remains largely inefficient] (Vedomosti)
Gazprom is afraid from [new US] sanctions [as they could hurt Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream] (Vedomosti)
Avio industry braces for a record [as it will see a record-high number of passengers this year] (Vedomosti)
Nissan speeds up work [as it plans bigger output and employment] (Vedomosti)
VR gets cheaper (Vedomosti)
All roads lead to FinMin [as it presents budget bill 2018 to parliament] (Kommersant)
Siemens confirms its turbines are in Crimea (Kommersant)
Key inefficiencies in country [are seen in regions, according to an IMF report] (Kommersant)

Jul 10, 2017 06:16GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Renovation fund [for the big housing project in Moscow] to save from taxes (Vedomosti)
They started [as Putin and Trump see each other for first time] (Vedomosti)
Ceasefire agreed [as the two presidents agree on a truce in Syria] (Vedomosti)
To pay for bankruptcy [as risks when in bankruptcy may increase, according to planned legislative changes] (Vedomosti)
Without stimulus and panic [as ECB seeks way to get out of QE without creating troubles for EZ economy] (Vedomosti)
German Gref [Sberbank’s CEO] leaves EUR 1.1bn in a supermarket [as the bank makes loan-loss provisions worth EUR 1.1bn to loans given to Croatia’s Agrokor] (Vedomosti)
US oil conquers China (Vedomosti)
Market goes slowly [as auto sales growth picks up in June] (Vedomosti)
Insurance to pay housing-related bills (Kommersant)
Financial knowledge of Russians turns out average (Kommersant)
Parties see a filter [before regional elections] (Kommersant)
Hotels’ occupancy falls short of expectations [during FIFA Confederations Cup] (Kommersant)
Jul 07, 2017 03:53GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Donald Trump – competitor of Gazprom [as Trump wants US to deliver LNG to Eastern Europe] (Vedomosti)
Police beat campaigners [as police raid Navalny’s campaign offices in some cities] (Vedomosti)
Airbase in Syria to expand (Vedomosti)
Self-employed get out of the grey [economy] (Vedomosti)
Union against Trump [as most EU countries do not trust Trump] (Vedomosti)
Koreans to hospitalize ‘Skolkovo’ [as a South Korean firm plans to invest RUB 15bn in a medical center in the education cluster] (Vedomosti)
Rosneft avoids arrest [as court does not support Sistema’s demand to arrest Rosneft’s assets for RUB 170.6bn] (Vedomosti)
By budget rules [as most state procurement auto deals concern locally produced Russian cars] (Kommersant)
Vegetables shock inflation (Kommersant)
Brexit and US elections hurt EUR image (Kommersant)
Opposition leaders suffer from political filters (Kommersant)

Jul 06, 2017 05:15GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Russian lobbyism, export way (Vedomosti)
MPs do not follow the rules [as MPs vote for their missing counterparts] (Vedomosti)
United nation to support ruble [as an agency suggests an overhaul of the way how the federal budget provides funds to regions for development] (Vedomosti)
Crisis anniversary [as Asian crisis was 20 years ago] (Vedomosti)
Growth without growth [as economic recovery does not lead to higher real incomes] (Vedomosti)
VTB flies to Belgrade [as VTB is part of an international consortium allowed in second stage of concession leasing] (Vedomosti)
Russia wouldn’t reduce oil output further (Vedomosti)
South Stream in a new version [as Gazprom revives the project in a smaller scale] (Kommersant)
Parliament takes on the rule [as it approves fiscal rule on first reading] (Kommersant)
Investors prefer debt [as inflows into mutual funds cover bond holdings] (Kommersant)
Digital economy across the country [as transport ministry estimates that spending on digital economy must exceed RUB 100bn per year] (Kommersant)

Jul 05, 2017 06:32GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
FinMin to buy tax benefits [as it starts a comprehensive overhaul of all tax benefits] (Vedomosti)
People want it tougher [as two-thirds want tougher domestic policy from next president] (Vedomosti)
Keep the attention [as Russia pivots to China] (Vedomosti)
Developer gets Domodedovo [airport] down [as court rules for stoppage of some construction works] (Vedomosti)
Rosneft finds an investor [as China Energy Company may buy part of its retail business, which is expected to be formed later this year] (Vedomosti)
US [oil] giants against [new] sanctions [against Russia] (Vedomosti)
Concession winners to be able to re-consider [their proposal] (Kommersant)
Wages do not catch up with inflation [as they grew by 2% y/y in H1, according to an HR consultancy, which is well below inflation] (Kommersant)
June sees a return of stagnation for industry (Kommersant)

Jul 04, 2017 05:51GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Numbers in eyes [as digital economy would require substantial investments but security services may not be okay with that] (Vedomosti)
[New US] Sanctions [against Russia] to stay in House of Representatives [for some time as there is a possibility to water the bill down] (Vedomosti)
Russia losses immigrants [as immigrants from CIS region falter] (Vedomosti)
Transport, housing and ecology [as modern urban policy could boost GDP tangibly, especially in second-tier cities where efficiency gains would be biggest] (Vedomosti)
Rosneft pays two times [as company reportedly considers paying two dividends for its 2017 performance] (Vedomosti)
Russians return to Turkey [as number of Russian tourists grows sharply] (Vedomosti)
Sick leave documentation goes online (Kommersant)

Jul 03, 2017 06:10GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Europe to rule over Nord Stream [as EC wants pipeline project to comply with Third Energy Package] (Vedomosti)
Regional leaders get [bigger] risks [as autumn elections approach] (Vedomosti)
Concessions to wait for state procurement deals [as EconMin mulls new changes to the concessions law] (Vedomosti)
Fiscal welfare [as govt approves merger of two fiscal reserve funds] (Vedomosti)
Five years until 5G [in Russia] (Vedomosti)
More than RUB 1.5bn for a cylinder [as Cotton Way plans such investment in biggest industrial laundry in Russia] (Vedomosti)
Budget commission goes second round [as FinMin wants more powers to distribute spending without govt approval] (Kommersant)
Grey economy will increase along with GDP (Kommersant)
Excises for tobacco to see a pause [to be raised next July rather than next January as it is usually the case] (Kommersant)
AvtoVAZ keeps 20% [market share] (Kommersant)

Jun 30, 2017 06:28GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Without mercy [as Nemtsov’s murders get prison time] (Kommersant)
Digital revolution gets underway [as Kudrin’s economic program envisages large spending on digital economy] (Kommersant)
Credit strengthens without accruing NPLs [according to a credit bureau report] (Kommersant)
Economy expands with unspecified pace (Kommersant)
Agriculture businesses expect higher sales [this year] (Kommersant)
Oil companies wouldn’t pay for water [as they seek tax breaks due to high water content at deposits] (Vedomosti)
Budget is not ready for reforms (Vedomosti)
Shareholders to get quarterly results (Vedomosti)
Surgutneftegaz to keep up with output [plans] (Vedomosti)

Jun 29, 2017 06:13GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Program ‘Good Advice’ [as EconMin plans a program to boost productivity levels] (Vedomosti)
Factors for purchase [as factoring market recovers ] (Vedomosti)
Tax in credit [as EconMin wants to improve existing tax credits conditions] (Vedomosti)
Online shoppers go to Europe [as Russians increasingly shop from European e-shops] (Vedomosti)
Record goes for exports [as Russia’s record-high grain harvest last year supports exports] (Vedomosti)
Gaz for Moldova gets cheaper (Vedomosti)
Medicine saves budget [plans as health-related financing gap is expected to widen in 2020] (Kommersant)
GDP grows thanks to robots and smart consumption [according to a global macro report] (Kommersant)
The speaker of the Federation Council Matvienko listens to protesters (Kommersant)

Jun 28, 2017 05:38GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Turkish [anti-]stream [as Gazprombank paves the way to exit the Turkish market by selling its stake in Akfel Holding and Bosphorus gas] (Kommersant)
Taxes wouldn’t help [as fiscal measures would not help US see a 3% growth soon] (Kommersant)
Corporate profits decline sharply [in y/y terms in April] (Kommersant)
Pollsters want to get more political polls (Kommersant)
RUB 600bn are called from the [army] reserve [as the presidential aide Belousov suggests the state to use funds at banks used for the defence sector to be used as cheap credit]
Dangerous competition [as Kremlin wants to avoid competition among 16 regional leaders in the autumn] (Vedomosti)
Moscow does not spare money [on polls and other political-related services having invested RUB 1.1bn from Jan 2011 to Jun 2017, according to Transparency International]
Russia losses money [as corporate profits fall by 9.4% y/y in April] (Vedomosti)


Jun 27, 2017 05:51GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Vladimir Evtushenko [owner of Sistema] gets arrested again [this time the arrest being related to shares in three companies] (Vedomosti)
Fight for a format [of potential meeting between Putin and Trump during next G20 meeting] (Vedomosti)
Shareholder without rights [as Rosneftgaz is urged to be more transparent] (Vedomosti)
To hide USD 115bn [as CBR withdrew USD 115bn from its gold reserves from Fed NY in Mar 2014 after sanctions were imposed to return them back in two weeks] (Vedomosti)
AvtoVAZ catches up with [the growing] demand [for cars] (Vedomosti)
Citizens do not want to become village deputies [as parties lack candidates in small villages] (Kommersant)
Russia pays for WTO [as budget suffers from transit import to Russia from China via Kazakhstan where tariffs are even lower] (Kommersant)
MTS [the biggest mobile operator] gets arrested (Kommersant)
Money does not go into offices [as investments in commercial buildings fall by a third in H1] (Kommersant)
Gasoline prices continue to grow (Kommersant)

Jun 26, 2017 06:22GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Kremlin to check three regional heads [after Putin’s call-in show showed problems within these regions] (Vedomosti)
Qatar does not give up (Vedomosti)
Plastic, shoes and two chairs [as weak ruble helps only manufacturers of plastic, shoes and wood, according to CBR] (Vedomosti)
Sheremetyevo does not spare money [as it plans to spend as much as RUB 147.1bn in 2017] (Vedomosti)
RZD [state-owned railway company] recovers from crisis [as company sees strongest year since pre-crisis 2012] (Vedomosti)
CBR takes over bank restructuring [as it establishes a new department that deals with bank resolutions] (Vedomosti)
State procurement [reform] goes second round [as more opponents demand changes] (Kommersant)
United Russia to go without President Putin’s quotes [during election campaign as party officials prefer individual visit by Putin instead] (Kommersant)

Jun 23, 2017 05:44GMT, Russia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Academic people want freedom [as they urge Putin to provide more flexivility when selecting new hed of Russian academy of science] (Vedomosti)
FinMin made a mistake [thus far as there is a need for legislative changes to urge people to save for retirement] (Vedomosti)
RUB 1 from Putin [as Putin wants regions to receive part of heating-related excises but FinMin promises only to the extent that the budget does not suffer] (Vedomosti)
Rosneft seeks partners [in new business endeavors] (Vedomosti)
Oil supports gas [prices this year as Gazprom revises upwards its EBITDA and free cash flow forecasts] (Vedomosti)
Environement ministry wants more money [to collect for waste management] (Kommersant)
High GDP per capita does not ensure high quality of life (Kommersant)

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