` Bosco Russia’s Leisure and Sportswear Outfitter’s Closing All 6 Stores Operating in the Ukraine and Crimea ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 01 – Sochi Olympic kit and leisure sportswear outfitters, Russia’s BOSCO stores are withdrawing from the markets of Ukraine and Crimea, representatives told (Tass) on Tuesday.

A store executive based in Crimean Yalta could not say what had prompted the decision to close the store now located in Russia since Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation.

All six stores operating in Ukraine and in Crimea will be closed.

There are two boutiques in Kiev, others in the cities of Kharkov and Donetsk in Ukraine’s mostly Russian-speaking east , and in the Black Sea city of Odessa in Ukraine’s south.

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` Russian Joint-Stock Bank `AB Rossiya ‘ has decided following recent `Sanctions ‘ to work Only with National Currency ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – March 28 – The Russian joint-stock bank, AB Rossiya, decided on Friday that it would work only with the national currency to protect its customers from dishonest actions by foreign financial institutions.

“In order to protect the bank’s customers from dishonest actions by foreign financial institutions AB Rossiya has decided to operate only in the domestic market and exclusively with the national currency of the Russian Federation – the Ruble,” AB Rossiya said in a statement released on Friday.

“The bank has already notified some US banks that it is closing its correspondence accounts. Similar notifications have been sent to other foreign financial institutions,” the bank said in its statement.

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Fitch International Rating Agency : Downgrades the Ratings of 9 Russian State Owned Companies and Revises Outlook on 16 Banks ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW, March 24 – The Fitch international rating agency has downgraded the ratings of nine Russian state-owned companies, including Gazprom and LUKOIL, to negative from stable.

The agency has also revised its outlook to negative from stable on 16 Russian banks, including Sberbank, Rosselkhozbank, Alfa Bank, Gazprombank and Vensheconombank.

“The rating actions follow Fitch’s revision of the Russian Federation’s Outlook to Negative from Stable and the affirmation of its Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BBB’ on 21 March 2014,” the agency said in a press release on Monday, March 24.

On March 21, Fitch revised its rating of Russia to negative from stable citing a potential impact of Western sanctions on the economy and business environment in Russia.

Fitch analysts think that the direct effect from the declared sanctions will not be significant, but in the future investors can face new measures such as restrictions on Russian companies’ access to international capital markets.

Russian Finance Sources

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` Standard and Poor's revise their outlook for `Economic Risk's from Stable to Negative '

#AceFinanceNews – Standard &Poor’s on Thursday revised the outlook for the Russian Federation to negative from stable on rising geopolitical and economic risks.

The rating agency affirmed Russia’s BBB foreign currency rating.

“The outlook revision reflects our view of the material and unanticipated economic and financial consequences that EU and U.S. sanctions could have on Russia’s creditworthiness following Russia’s incorporation of Crimea, which the international community currently considers legally to be a part of Ukraine,” S&P said in a statement.

A short-while after Moody’s followed suit.

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` Committee of the State Duma for the ` Budget and Taxes ‘ Recommends Writing-Off `Ten Billion’ of DPRK’s Debts ‘

#AceFinanceNews – Moscow – March 19, 23:14 – Committee of the State Duma for the budget and taxes has issued a recommendation to the MPs to ratify an agreement between the Russian government and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on settling the DPRK’s debt to Russia on the Soviet-era loans issued to that country.

The document that was submitted for ratification by the Russian government features the agreements reached at the negotiations that lasted almost twenty years and took account of the special features of financial, political and economic relations between Russia and North Korea.

Debt settlement embraces all the categories of reciprocal financial claims and obligations of the former USSR and the DPRK, with the precise parameters registered on the date when the agreement is signed.
Overall amount of the DPRK’s financial obligations to Russia stood at an equivalent of $ 10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012.

“This amount is rather conventional in many ways – not only because of the exchange rate but also due to the interest rates accumulated over a huge period or, in other words, a non-return of the loans because many of them were issued in the 1980’s,” Sergei Storchak, a deputy minister of finance said at the session.

“We applied a standard pattern in which we write off 90% of the debts amount and 10% is left over,” he said. “We agreed to utilize this 10% for financing the joint projects implemented on the North Korean territory.”

There projects are related to the energy sector, healthcare, and the country’s foodstuff security.

“Frankly speaking, we hope we’ll be able to attain agreement in the course of future joint work on allotting plots of land for construction of a gas pipeline on the DPRK territory,” Storchak said adding that Russia’s major producer and exporter of natural gas, OAO Gazprom, continues eyeing a possible integration in the Korean market of gas.

For this purpose, it will need some land acquisitions and “a part of the debt can be utilized for this purpose,” Storchak said.

Russian government officials say settlement of debts on the loans issued by the former USSR with the observance of conditions coordinated with Pyongyang pursues three objectives.

In the first place, it removes the problem of North Korea’s outstanding debt to the Russian Federation that was an irritating factor for bilateral relations for quite some time.

Secondly, the agreements that have been reached enable Russia to exert noticeable influence on the DPRK’s social and economic development through projects in healthcare, education, and the energy sector, since Russia will have a say in the decisions on their financing.

Thirdly, owing to the presence of big enough debt claims, Russia will have an opportunity to take part in multilateral talks on settling the North Korean debts in the format of the Paris Club of Sovereign Debtors and to influence the terms of debt repayments in Pyongyang’s interests.

TASS – Russian Media News –

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