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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  Viktor on Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:34 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has identified as necessary to finance the machine tool industry

    Russia, Turkey Start Technical Implementation of Turkish Gas Pipeline

    Fake Evidence Forces US Company to Drop $1.37 Bln Lawsuit Against Gazprom

    Gazprom Says Russian Gas Supplies to China Not to Be Postponed

    Putin called the priorities of anti-crisis plan

    "Naturally, the priority objectives of this plan is to provide and support of industrial, agricultural production, the banking system, labor market, small and medium-sized businesses. But the main thing, of course, necessary to provide high-quality economic growth, not to forget about the system tasks, diversification of the economy, and all this plan is "- the president said at a meeting on economic issues.

    Medvedev: the government will subsidize marginal difference mortgage

    As previously reported source TASS subsidizing mortgage will reduce interest rates on loans to 13% per annum

    The Russian government plans to index pensions to inflation

    Domestic MasterCard: 5 Russian banks begin new National Payment System
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:24 am

    Hannibal Barca wrote:It seems that oil crisis is coming to an end. At least the first stage.
    Stunningly enough, in the right moment happened that Saudi king died... well speaking about destiny and lady luck.

    Crisis?

    I'm hoping that it would stay longer. I think in just a week there were severa dozen rigs in the US & Canada that closed; that's a major amount of our competition. In the same time-period - no Russian rigs closed, they are all still competitive.

    Moreover, if this keeps up, our investment programs and budget may suffer for a couple years; but it's ultimately good for the economy - it will accelerate diversification away from oil. Oil is too profitable for Russia's own good, with those high oil prices we had recently.

    Maybe the CIA offed the king? dunno
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  GarryB on Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:44 am

    They kill every day for a lot less...

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    Post  Austin on Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:43 am

    Media: Russia's revenues from oil in 2015 will decline by 3.1 trillion rubles


    "By reducing the 2015 average oil price from $ 100 to $ 50 per barrel, falling budget revenues only from oil taxes, according to our estimates, could reach about 2.1 trillion rubles, while more serious price falls to $ 40 on average for the year, budget revenues could decline by 3.1 already trillion rubles, which is 14% and 21% of the planned federal revenues, respectively, "- said in an article published Thursday in the newspaper RBC .

    Trunin notes that taxation of the oil industry in Russia is arranged in such a way that prices are high budget takes back the bulk of the additional revenue oil. "But even at lower oil prices and the loss is primarily the budget," - he writes.

    "Paradoxically, it is this feature of the modern Russian tax system, on stiffness which oil complained during the whole period of its existence, significantly mitigates the negative effect of falling prices (oil - Ed.) For the industry," - says Trunin.

    At the same time, according to Finance Ministry estimates, the uncollectible EBITDA industry after the adoption of the tax maneuver and lower oil prices range from $ 0.5 to $ 1 per barrel of oil at a price of $ 60 and $ 40 respectively.

    "Tax maneuver in the face of declining oil prices does not lead to the realization of systemic risks in the oil sector in the medium term (1-2 years), and at the same time the industry has sufficient financial resources to maintain production at current levels. This conclusion is very important - in the short term the bulk of the ruble for the decline in oil prices comes from the federal budget. Among other things, this circumstance - the main rationale of the chosen model of formation of reserve and stabilization funds, it is perfectly explains why those funds impractical to spend to support the oil and gas industry in periods of low prices "- says Trunin.

    http://ria.ru/economy/20150205/1045989188.html

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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  Austin on Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:44 am

    EU looking at blacklisting about 15 more Russians and Ukrainians and 4 organization

    I suspect eventually EU will end up blacklisting 145 million Russian plus all the companies/shops including the next door bakery shop minus one Putin Very Happy

    Must be the boring day in EU capital not to speak to Putin over the phone on Ukraine crisis
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  higurashihougi on Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:08 am

    May be Off Topic but the ballhead Yatsenyuk claimed that Ukraina is planning to buy oil and gas from EU intead of Russia. Laughing Laughing

    http://uatoday.tv/business/ukraine-says-it-is-paying-above-market-rates-for-russian-gas-407206.html

    But EU countries buy oil and gas from who ? Laughing Laughing
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    Post  flamming_python on Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:21 am

    higurashihougi wrote:May be Off Topic but the ballhead Yatsenyuk claimed that Ukraina is planning to buy oil and gas from EU intead of Russia. Laughing Laughing

    http://uatoday.tv/business/ukraine-says-it-is-paying-above-market-rates-for-russian-gas-407206.html

    But EU countries buy oil and gas from who ? Laughing Laughing

    Buy it from the European customers of Russian oil and gas.
    That's already what they're doing partially. The whole business of 'reverse flow' from Poland to the Ukraine - of which in reality there is no such thing, it's simply Poland ordering more than what it needs and letting the Ukraine steal some enroute. Gazprom noticed this and lowered the amount it sends to Poland - but that's another story.

    Anyway - Ukraine of course hopes to get this oil and gas at a lower price than from Russia, with the Europeans paying for the difference between what they buy it from Russia for and what they sell it to the Ukraine for.

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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  par far on Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:15 pm

    What is going on with the debt Ukraine owes to Russia? I hope Russia asks for it soon.
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  flamming_python on Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:57 pm

    par far wrote:What is going on with the debt Ukraine owes to Russia? I hope Russia asks for it soon.

    If Russia asks for it the Ukraine will default on its obligations - which will be good for stopping the war by bringing the Ukrainian economy to a halt and destabilizing the US-installed goons in charge of it - but it would also mean that Russia won't get that $3 billion back; which it does quite need for its own economy. Not to mention; it would piss-off other creditors; not all of whom are Western countries & institutions.

    As the Ukrainian government is fast loosing popularity and set to lose more with the latest string of military defeats, forced conscription attempts and the near 25% devaluation of the national currency today - it will most likely fall out of power sooner or later no matter what Russia does or doesn't do, and it has no means to continue the war by anyway.
    Comfortable in that knowledge, Russia should focus on a proper plan to get that $3 billion back by giving some leeway to the Ukraine to restructure the repayment; in the meantime Russia could use the threat of debt call-in as leverage in any future negotiations with Kiev.


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    Post  Kyo on Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:58 pm

    Central Bank decision on key rate cut to 15% correct — Economic Development Minister

    Russian Economic Development Ministry has no plans to review its inflation forecast yet and estimates annual rate of 2015 inflation at 13.7%

    NOVO-OGARYOVO, February 5. /TASS/. Russian Central Bank’s decision to cut interest rate to 15% was absolutely correct, Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev said on Thursday.
    "I do not think that the Central Bank was too fast [with this decision]. I think it was an absolutely correct and well-timed decision," Ulyukayev said.
    Russian Economic Development Ministry has no plans to review its inflation forecast yet and estimates annual rate of 2015 inflation at 13.7%, Economic Development Minister said.
    He added that he had not yet seen Rosstat figures on inflation reaching its annual rate of 15%.
    Earlier on Thursday, the country’s state statistics service Rosstat reported that inflation in Russia accelerated to 3.9% in January, compared to 2.6% in December 2014.
    According to Rosstat, the annual inflation rate reached 15% by the end of January, approaching the lower end of the peak inflation forecast given by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development for 2015.
    Inflation in Russia will reach its peak level in March, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev predicted.
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  Rmf on Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:04 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    par far wrote:What is going on with the debt Ukraine owes to Russia? I hope Russia asks for it soon.

    If Russia asks for it the Ukraine will default on its obligations - which will be good for stopping the war by bringing the Ukrainian economy to a halt and destabilizing the US-installed goons in charge of it - but it would also mean that Russia won't get that $3 billion back; which it does quite need for its own economy. Not to mention; it would piss-off other creditors; not all of whom are Western countries & institutions.

    As the Ukrainian government is fast loosing popularity and set to lose more with the latest string of military defeats, forced conscription attempts and the near 25% devaluation of the national currency today - it will most likely fall out of power sooner or later no matter what Russia does or doesn't do, and it has no means to continue the war by anyway.
    Comfortable in that knowledge, Russia should focus on a proper plan to get that $3 billion back by giving some leeway to the Ukraine to restructure the repayment; in the meantime Russia could use the threat of debt call-in as leverage in any future negotiations with Kiev.
    well they could buy assets like motor -sich ,then load machines and engineers on train and move them east into russia Razz , like many western companies do when they buy some east european company ,they close it and cut everything to sell for scrap freeing the market for their exports.

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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  Austin on Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:54 am

    ‘Dutch disease’ over in Russia – finance minister

    The end of the ‘commodity boom’ helped end Russia's economic turmoil which has resulted in rising exchange rates and deteriorating economic competitiveness, said Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

    “Dutch disease is over,” Siluanov said on Friday as quoted by Bloomberg, “The ruble is no longer overvalued in real terms, something that was caused by the excessive use of volatile oil and gas revenues.”

    Siluanov added that the real exchange rate, which strips out the inflationary effect, returned to the level of the first half of the 2000’s. That means Russia is no longer suffering from ‘Dutch disease’, Siluanov said referring to the negative effect on the economy caused by the oil slump.

    The term ‘Dutch disease’ appeared in the 1970s to describe what was going on with the economy of the Netherlands after the discovery of natural gas in the North Sea. Then the strengthening of the national currency provoked export appreciation, a crisis in the manufacturing sector, an increase in inflation and the unemployment rate.

    Siluanov believes the current fall in oil prices is “structural, long-term” unlike the cyclic recession in 2008, that’s why Russia is learning to “live within its means.”

    Although the coming year will be difficult and industrial production will be cut, the economy will adjust to the current conditions in the first half of 2015, Siluanov said. He suggests the government must limit spending and give more freedom to private enterprise to stimulate economic growth.

    "We have to decide what kind of economy we want to see in several years,” he said. “As far as fiscal policy, I’m sure we can revisit decisions that were shelved for a long time and not taken because they were politically unpopular.”

    There are certain reasons for being optimistic, because if the government adopts an appropriate set of structural reforms under the current conditions, Russia will be able to sustain even higher growth rates than in previous years, he said.


    Siluanov has said the ruble has found its equilibrium after the Central Bank of Russia reduced the key rate from 17 to 15 percent.
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  kvs on Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:46 pm

    Siluanov is sadly mistaken. There is not enough supply of oil to satiate the global demand. The only country with
    any new production of interest has been the US which increased its production by several million barrels per day thanks
    to non-conventional reservoir development. This oil cannot be obtained in the long term with $50 per barrel oil prices.

    The oil price has bottomed out, predictably, around $50. It will go up as global demand keeps rising and existing conventional
    oil reservoir production keeps declining (by 6% globally per year for existing plays with only smaller field developments managing
    for now to compensate partially for this loss).

    We had this back in 2008-9 where the oil price crashed after a peak and then recovered to another peak. We will have it again
    due to the current supply constraints. Siluanov needs to buy a clue.



    The above price vs. production curve is a classic supply constrained regime. Any price drop is primarily due to recession.
    If there was a global boom even the new non-conventional supply would be too little to satisfy the demand.

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    Post  Austin on Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:08 pm

    Indeed I think Oil will be close to 100 or even cross it in next 3 years.

    So all the structural correction are just playing with words , Its like playing safe with words.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:49 pm

    Modi, Vladimir, Xi and Obama’s Empty Pockets



    After years of neglect Obama’s Washington has decided to try aggressively to woo the world’s second most populous nation, India. Why now? We need not look further than Moscow and Beijing and the recent dynamics surrounding the developing cooperation of the BRICS nations in developing a BRICS Infrastructure Bank to rival the US-controlled IMF-World Bank. India is a major chess piece in the Eurasian Grand Chessgame, and Prime Minister Modi has let the world know it is in play.

    US President Barack Obama made a state visit to India on January 27, accompanied by a delegation of US corporate CEOs, to woo the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a man who when he was a mere state governor was denied entry into the US. Now, as Modi is Prime Minister, it seems Obama has changed his view. Not of Modi most likely, but of the danger that Russia and China might be about to integrate Modi’s India into their Eurasian economic prosperity sphere and their Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Since 2006 and the Bush-Cheney days, Washington has vigorously tried to seduce India into joining a US military alliance against China, but with very limited success.

    Modi turned on the charm for the US President, inviting him on the Republic Day, an honor given no previous US president. Their joint televised press conference was a “Barack, this is for you” friendly first names session. They spoke about an “enduring commitment.”

    But in the end, Obama came away with little. Modi signed a mild statement chiding the Chinese government for provoking conflict with its neighbors over the South China Sea; discussed possibly reviving a security network with the US, Japan and Australia; and expressed interest in playing a greater role in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. For his part, behind all the smiles and hugging with the US President, Modi refused to sign Obama’s favorite priority, an agreement to limit CO2 emissions as China had last year. Nor was there really a breakthrough in the US-China nuclear power deal negotiated in 2006 with Bush but blocked over India liability law issues. Then, the moralizer Obama—it’s an American disease I’m afraid I must to say—waved his finger at the Indians for their record on human rights and religious tolerance, a brazen intrusion into the affairs of a sovereign state, something neither Putin nor Xi would even consider doing.

    Finally, when it came to the nuts and bolts, investment and joint projects, Obama’s pockets were empty. All he could do was make a nebulous “pledge” that American banks would lend up to $4 billion for unspecified Indian infrastructure projects, bridges, highways.

    It may well be that Modi is appearing warm to Obama in order to play a little Indian game of being friends of all to secure the best deal. But the Obama offers pale in comparison with what Vladimir Putin offered just days before in his state visit to India.

    Russia renews old India ties

    A month before Obama’s India visit Russia’s President Putin came to New Delhi and his pockets were full, something one might not expect from a country being hit with EU and Washington economic sanctions.

    In mid-December in a trip that raised more than eyebrows in Obama’s Washington, Putin and Modi signed twenty high profile deals worth $100 billion, including $40 billion in nuclear energy, $50 billion in crude oil and gas, and $10 billion in various sectors, including defense, fertilizers, and outer space. In a coup for the diamond processing industry and a blow to the Oppenheimer South Africa monopoly, Russia’s Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond mining company, will sell rough diamonds directly to India.

    Under the nuclear pact, Russia will build 12 new nuclear reactors over the next 20 years at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, and at another yet-undecided site. Russia, unlike the USA, is the first nation to accept India’s tough nuclear liability law, though this raised the construction cost per reactor threefold to $3 billion each. Also important for India India will be allowed to manufacture equipment and components in India. Russia also reiterated support for India’s efforts to secure full membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the Missile Technology Control Regime.

    The decision to produce state-of-the-art Russian multi-role helicopters in Indian factories was also a major point for Modi’s campaign to promote more ‘Make in India’ projects with foreign companies. Russia also gave India the right to export those helicopters to third countries. Russia may also accept India’s request for manufacturing spares and components for Russian defense equipment in India. And major oil and gas projects were signed including Indian exploration and production in new oil and gas fields in the Russian Federation, as well as in third countries. India will get liquefied natural gas from Russia, and feasibility of a gas pipeline to India is being seriously explored.

    Russia, more than China which has been in conflict with India over issues like Tibet for decades, is the ideal Shanghai Cooperation Organization partner to make such an approach to India to advance the emerging Eurasian economic space. The two countries have had stable and positive relations since the Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was signed in August 1971.

    The Yeltsin era was chaotic for Russia to say the least, but the December visit of Putin to the new Indian Prime Minister confirms that a new architecture is being shaped by Putin’s Russia. It includes the support for the new BRICS Development Bank involving Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. It includes mammoth new oil and gas deals between Russia and China in recent months that bond the two great Eurasian powers intimately.

    Last year diplomatic sources reported that China had dropped its objections to admission of India into the SCO after the election of Modi. Modi’s predecessor as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was seen in India as being notoriously pro-American and not India’s traditional non-aligned state, and Beijing evidently feared a Washington Trojan Horse inside the SCO. It remains to be seen at the next annual SCO meeting in summer if the SCO, including China, opens the membership door to invite India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia as members.

    Were that to finally take place it would not only fill a long-time Russian wish, but it would seal a tectonic shift in the plates of Eurasian geopolitics, and not to the advantage of Obama and Washington.

    Modi’s meetings on the sidelines of the July, 2014 BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, with Russia’s President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, were reportedly remarkably warm and cordial. There, Modi enthusiastically endorsed the BRICS Development Bank to be headquartered in Shanghai, China with an Indian as President. Modi has also refused to join Washington in the sanctions against Russia, declaring that any economic sanctions should be decided in the UN Security Council, something Washington was not at all happy to hear. As well, Modi has dramatically improved the long-standing tensions with Pakistan, a close ally of China.

    The outlines of a genuine new ordering of our very dis-ordered world, the American Century, proclaimed triumphantly by Time-Life insider Henry Luce in 1941, is taking concrete material form. And that form lies in Eurasia, from Moscow to Beijing and perhaps, on to Teheran and New Delhi. It would make good sense. After all more than four billion of the world’s human beings are there.

    Modi, Vladimir, Xi and Obama’s Empty Pockets
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    Re: Russian Economy General News: #3

    Post  Kyo on Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:42 pm

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