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The factor supporting the ruble is oil prices

12 april 2018

The beginning of this week was marked by a sharp fall in the ruble rate, which continued in the following days, as a result of which the ruble rate fell to the level of November 2016. Thus, for April 9, the ruble depreciated against the US dollar by 4.3% to 60.66 rub. for dollars, for April 10 - by 3.5% to 62.79 rubles. for dollars, and for April 11 - by 3% to 64.68 rubles. for USD

It is possible to expect deterioration of macroeconomic indicators

12 april 2018

Last week, the US Treasury introduced new sanctions against Russian companies and businessmen. In total, the list includes 14 companies and 38 businessmen. The Russian financial market sharply reacted negatively to the new US sanctions: the Mosbirdzhi and RTS indexes fell by 8-11%, the dollar rate exceeded 65 rubles, and the euro - 79 rubles.

Privatization Policy in 2017

09 april 2018

In 2017, a new 3-year privatization program was launched for 2017-2019, approved with some delay by the RF Government's Order No. 227-r of February 8, 2017. The intensity of its adjustments is still small.

Income tax: a possible increase in the rate

04 april 2018

Tax changes, in particular, feasible increase of the personal income tax (PIT) from 13% to 15% with simultaneous introduction of a tax-free minimum, was discussed at one of the first post-elections meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister (tax – free minimum was not specified in the media).

Nothing is Hidden That will Not be Disclosed: On Tax Scoring

20 march 2018

The topic of tax scoring is widely discussed by the expert community. For the Russian tax field, it is a novelty. In compliance with Federal Law No. 134-FZ on Amendment of Article 102 of Part 1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, a portion of the information which used to be solely at disposal of the tax authorities will cease to be a tax secret and be made public. Initially, it was planned to do so starting from the end of July 2017, however, later the date of implementation of that provision was changed for June 1, 2018 by Order No. MM-7-14/582@ of July 27, 2017.

Food Imports Growth Expected

19 february 2018

For the first time since the beginning of the war of sanctions, Russia increased imports of agricultural products in 2017.

The Average Borrower’s Logic has Changed

19 february 2018

In its February issue of the “Economic Situation” Review, the RF Ministry of Economic Development has presented a broad estimation of the current economic situation in Russia.

The New Mechanism of Financial Rehabilitation of Banks Has Made the Banking Sector’s Financial Result Worse

09 february 2018

The banking sector demonstrated ambiguous results in 2017. On the one side, there were no explicit crisis phenomena, while on the other side it cannot be said that all the negative trends were successfully averted.

The Russian Economy Is Entering the Phase of Short-Term Risks

07 february 2018

According to the preliminary estimation of the 2017 balance of payments, the current account surplus amounted to $40.2bn (a 58% increase on the relevant index of the previous year) and contributed to the appreciation of the rouble. Growth in the current account surplus was driven largely by the trade commodity balance which amounted to $115.8bn, a 28% increased on the index of 2016.

The Economic Development in 2018 will Depend on the New Government’s Economic Policy

06 february 2018

The 2017 economic results were in line with experts’ expectations and forecasts which they made throughout the year.

It is Rather Difficult for an Average Depositor to Foresee a Bank License Withdrawal

06 february 2018

The Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) brought numerous lawsuits against customers (about 500 persons) who had taken their funds from banks shortly before those bank’s licenses were withdrawn. Depositors have already started to collect signatures to draw the public attention to the Agency’s activities.

Upgrading of the Sovereign Rating Forecast by the Moody’s was Expected

29 january 2018

On 25 January, having left the long-term issuer rating and the rating of Russia’s priority and unsecured debt at the level of “Ba1” the Moody’s , an international rating agency revised upward the rating forecast from “stable” to “positive”.

Foreign Investments are a Source of Russian Economic Growth

25 january 2018

At the 9th Gaidar Forum, in the framework of the discussion: “Capital Movement New Trends: the OECD Code” the topic of limitation of foreign capital on the Russian market was discussed. There are two main factors behind the idea of limiting the foreign capital movement: maintenance of the financial stability and the government’s unwillingness to let foreign investors in some sectors of the economy.

Further Liberalization of Currency Regulation is Required

24 january 2018

At the 9th Gaidar Forum, the issues of liberalization of the currency regulation and control were discussed.

Economic Development Requires Individual Approach

24 january 2018

At the 9th Gaidar Forum, the expert discussion “Economic Development in Multidisciplinary Terms” dealt with factors behind economic growth, such as institutes, human capital, social and political conditions, innovative development and other.

Temporary Centralization of Profit Tax Revenues is Not Applied to Residents of Special Economic Zones Any Longe

23 january 2018

It is commonly known that from the beginning of 2017 in order to ensure the equilibrium of the RF budget system the norms of distribution of corporate profit tax revenues between the federal budget and the budgets of the constituent entities of the RF in favor of the federal center were temporarily modified.