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Russia Current account balance as  % of GDP
2001  +0.5
2002  +6.3
2003  +18.4

2007  +4.0
2008  +6.0
2009  +2.2
2012  +4.4
2013  +1.3
2016  +2
2020  +1.5

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10/23/2022 Russia can end this war today by withdrawing  all its forces. Simple!
9/11/2022 What really surprises us,” Lieutenant General Yevhen Moisiuk, the deputy commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, told me in Kyiv yesterday morning, “is that the Russian troops are not fighting back.”
Yoni Appelbaum  @YAppelbaum
9/3/2022 Russia halts gas supplies to Europe until western sanctions lifted.
6/10/2022 Mariupol mayor: Russia demolished 1,300 high-rise buildings in city without removing dead bodies of residents.
4/7/2022 UN votes on Russian suspension on Human Rights Council. SUSPENDED!
2/24/2022 Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022
1/29/2022 Officials at the Pentagon warned that Russia has enough troops near Ukraine to invade the entire country.
1/29/2022 Anne Applebaum @anneapplebaum  Russia has an abortion rate nearly double that of the United States. Any form of Christianity outside of the state-controlled Orthodox Church is liable to be considered a cult. Only 15 percent of Russians are even interested in religion; only 5 percent have read the Bible.
3/2/2021 In response to Navalny’s continued imprisonment,  the US is catching up with sanctions imposed on Moscow by the EU???? - where  Trump had turned a blind eye.
9/24/2020 (NYT) Aleksei A. Navalny was still in a medically induced coma in Berlin when a court in Russia froze his bank accounts and barred him from selling or mortgaging his apartment in Moscow...The legal maneuver was brought on by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the catering magnate who is close to Mr. Putin and is known as “Putin’s chef.” In August, Mr. Prigozhin moved to collect damages that Mr. Navalny owed in a libel lawsuit from 2019 — and coyly pledged to pursue the debt as long as Mr. Navalny survived the poisoning.
9/17/2020 Economist: The director of the FBI warned that Russia is actively interfering in America’s presidential election, with the Democratic party’s nominee as its primary target. Russian agents are producing what Christopher Wray called a “steady drumbeat of misinformation” intended to undermine Joe Biden and voters’ confidence in the results. President Donald Trump has continuously downplayed Russian interference.
8/31/2020 Russia HSBC Manufacturing PMI rose from previous 48.4 to 51.1 in August
8/20/2020 Putin critic Alexei Navalny, Russia’s main opposition figure is in a coma after drinking a cup of tea allegedly laced with poison.
9/1/14 Russia launched construction of a gas pipeline to China in a $400 billion deal, and plans  to  deliver 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas  for a period of 30 years through the 2,485 mile long pipeline.
5/26/14 (Pritchard) Outflows from Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted may be four times higher than admitted by Kremlin
5/30/11 Russia plans to let the grain-export ban expire July 1. (as expected)
4/28/11 Russia's Central Bank will raise its key interest rate by 0.25% from 8 to 8.25%.
4/18/11 Russia intends to further lighten its U.S. debt holdings and is looking to  buy gold and increase their holdings in currencies such as the Canadian dollar.
2/20/11 Foreign investment in Russia fell 50% in 2010
11/26/10 Russia says they will import wheat in 2011.
10/22/10 Russia to privatize 900 state enterprises by 2015
10/4/10 YoY Russia’s annual inflation rate rose 7% after the country’s worst drought in at least half a century hobbled agricultural output.
9/30/10 Trade between South Korea and Russia has recorded an over 50-fold jump since the two countries established diplomatic relations 20 years ago
9/26/10 Half of Russian winter-grain plantings, already almost a third lower than last year, failed to sprout or are thin, the national Grain Producers’ Union said.
9/9/10 Russia's GDP rose 4.2% in the first half of 2010 to 20.7 trillion rubles (about 670.6 billion U.S. dollars)
Russia may follow up its ban on grain exports with curbs on shipments of rapeseed and sunflower seed and oil.
9/2/10 Putin extended Russia's ban on wheat exports until next year's harvest to ensure it has bounced back from a severe drought and wildfires that destroyed 20 percent of the crop this year.
8/27/10 USDA's attaché in Moscow pegs 2010-11 Russian wheat production at 41 million tons, 9% below USDA's latest estimate. Traders expect R
Russia will need to increase imports to make up for the shortfall.
8/26/10 Russia's inflation in the first half of 2010 was the third highest in Europe at 4.8%. This is behind Romania and Malta, where it was 5.4 and 5.5 percent, respectively.
8/23/10 Buckwheat disappeared from all food stores across Moscow city, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday. Prices for buckwheat jumped from 20 to 76 rubles (from 0.65 to 2.5 U.S. dollars) per kilogram during the last weekend. The report said buckwheat also disappeared from the supermarkets in Ukraine.
Russia has harvested 40.3 million tonnes of grain by Aug 19, or 38 % less than in 2010, Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexander Petrikov said
8/2/10 Wheat prices continued to rally over possible wheat export controls in the Black Sea states, which continue to suffer from their worst drought in over a century. Russia produces about 8% of world wheat output.
7/28/10 Russian wheat production estimates are falling daily! Yesterday’s temperature in Moscow was the highest since Russia began keeping records 130 years ago.
7/25/10 Rylko, director of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies, said it was likely that Russia is going to harvest only 80 million tonnes of grain in 2010, compared with 97 million last year.
7/8/10 Russia cut its forecast for this year's grain output to 85 million tonnes from 90 million as 14 key growing regions declared a state of emergency due to severe drought.
2/16/10 YoY Russia’s industrial production rose 7.9%
2/1/10 Russia's GDP fell 7.9% in 2009
1/6/10 As of Jan 1st Russia barred poultry imports from the U.S. -- they object to the use of chlorine in processing.
11/12/09 Russian president calls on country to refocus its economy away from energy and heavy industry towards information technology, telecommunications and space
10/20/09 Russia harvested 98.8 million tons of grain as of Oct. 20, down 13.4 million tons YoY.
9/2/09 The shortfall in Russia's grain production due to drought is expected to amount to 13 million tons this year, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said.
8/11/09 YoY Russia’s GDP fell 10.9% in Q2.
6/10/09 The U.S. trade deficit widened to $29.16 billion in April. Exports fell $2.8 billion to $121.1 billion while imports fell $2.2 billion to $150.3 billion.
(Bloomberg) -- Russia may switch some of its reserves from U.S. Treasuries to International Monetary Fund bonds, the central bank said today.
5/28/09 YoY Russia’s GDP fell 10.5% in April.
4/15/09 Russia’s Gazprom estimates its end-2008 reserves at 217.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, the company said, representing an increase of 11% from 2007, when Gazprom's reserves were 196.4 billion.
4/2/09 Russia's economy shrank by 7% in the first quarter of 2009
3/30/09 The World Bank has given warning of serious social discontent in Russia after delivering a bleak assessment of the country's economy.
1/11/09 Russia will resume pumping gas to third countries via Ukraine from Tuesday morning, the EU says.
1/7/09 Russia shut down all gas flows to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday.
1/6/09 Russian gas supplies to a swathe of Europe were all but cut off as temperatures plummeted across the region, raising the stakes in a pricing dispute between Moscow and Ukraine.
12/17/2008 Russia's central bank allowed the ruble to slide for the second time this week, speeding up the gradual depreciation policy
11/13/08 Russia's central bank increases its key interest rate to 12% from 11% in an attempt to reduce an outflow of capital.
11/6/08 F.O. Licht raised their estimate of Russia’s wheat crop to 62.5 million tonnes from 56.0 mmt forecast previously and 49.2 million harvested last year.
Ukraine's harvest is estimated at 24.5 million tonnes up from last year's 13.7 million tonnes.
10/7/08 Iceland nationalized its second-largest bank and is negotiating a loan from Russia to shore up the nation's finances. Meanwhile Russia unveiled an aid package for its own banks.
1/24/08 Russia had 1.8% inflation in the first three weeks of January
5/1/07 A new ETF replicating the DAX Global Russia Index started trading. The index is made up of 30 publicly traded companies domiciled in Russia. Symbol RSX.
12/13/06 Russia is preparing to cut off natural gas supplies to neighboring Belarus and Georgia unless the two former Soviet republics agree by the year-end to pay much higher prices in 2007.
10/31/06 Russia's state foreign debt, including former Soviet-era debt, shrunk to $50.1 billion, or 39.5 billion Euros as of October 1.
10/16/06 Russia's central bank said it was starting to buy the Japanese currency for its reserves. The proportion of Russia's foreign exchange reserves currently invested in the yen was close to zero, but the bank would try to increase it to several percent of total reserves.
6/19/06 Russia's GDP increased 5.5% in the first quarter of 2006, more than expected.
05/14/05 Russia struck a landmark deal on Friday to repay up to $15 billion it owes to the West, sealing its rapid transformation from economic basket case to emerging markets powerhouse.
05/09/05 Russia has a window of opportunity in the next few months to secure entry to the World Trade Organization, says official.
05/04/05 Is Russia in for an Enron-Style Price Shock?
So you are concerned when you read that UES -- which seems to work pretty well as things stand -- is to be broken up into (deep breath here) six national generation companies; 14 territorial generation companies; a state-owned hydro company; a National Grid Company; and local distribution companies. And then the interface between the generation companies and the Grid Company is to be managed by a "transmission system operator," perhaps also an "independent system operator" and a regulator to keep an eye on both.
01/26/05 Russia's gross domestic product grew 6.9 percent in 2004, a top economics ministry official said Wednesday.
12/29/04 Russia's public foreign debt fell by 5.7 pct to 112.9 bln usd on Oct 1, compared to the level on Jan 1, 2004, the finance ministry said
10/26/04 Russia's inflation rate is estimated to reach over 10.5 percent, slightly higher than the earlier official forecast, a senior government official said on Tuesday
10/21/04 "The amount of accumulated Russian investments in the American economy is approaching the one billion-dollar line", Russian presidential aide Igor Shuvalov told reporters.
10/18/04 Russian Ministry sees Russia's inflation at 8.7%-8.8% in Jan-Oct
10/18/04 GDP increased by 6.9% in Russia from January to September 2004 year-on-year, Andrei Klepach, director of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry's macroeconomic forecast department, told journalists on Tuesday.