Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a peace agreement with opposition leaders that calls for early elections and reduced presidential powers in a bid to halt a deadly, three-month political crisis.
In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
OAO Sberbank expects profit to jump more than 20 percent next year from this year’s record as Russia’s biggest lender boosts corporate loans and issues more credit cards, Chief Executive Officer German Gref said.
Russia isn’t in danger of a revolution from demonstrations against alleged fraud in parliamentary elections last month and the government is “on the right track” in responding to them, the head of the country’s biggest bank said.
OAO Sberbank Chief Executive Officer German Gref , Russia’s economy minister under then-President Vladimir Putin for eight years, testified today in the second trial of jailed former billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky .
OAO Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, will decide in two to three weeks on buying the eastern European unit of Oesterreichische Volksbanken AG, which would be its first major move outside the former Soviet Union.
Russia’s central bank will probably raise its benchmark interest rates in the first half of next year as inflation accelerates, said German Gref , the chief executive officer of OAO Sberbank , Russia’s biggest lender.
Preferred shares of OAO Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, fell to a seven-month low after Interfax reported Chairman German Gref signaled the securities will not be converted into ordinary shares in the near future.