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20 august 2018 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Daniil Nametkin

Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics

Anticipation of New Sanctions Adds Up to Global Trend
A ban on U.S. investors buying the Russian sovereign debt will reduce demand for the government bonds and lead to a long-term growth in the cost of ruble borrowing for the state, as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta with reference to the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) study.
16 august 2018 Izvestia
Elena Razumova

Elena Razumova Department for Expert Analytics

Vodka and cognac consumer price dynamics affect alcohol sales statistics
The Izvestia journalists took an interest in statistics of alcohol consumption in Russia, according to which the sales of imported alcoholic beverages increased, but consumption of domestic spirits did not go down, however.
16 august 2018 RBC
Elena Kovaleva

Elena Kovaleva Department for Competition Policy

SSNIP test may reveal a hidden monopoly in the Russian Internet
RBC journalists turned their attention to the FAS proposal about considering digital platforms that occupy at least 35% of substitutable services market as monopolies. This is a one of the points of the institution's 5th Antimonopoly Package.
14 august 2018 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Arbitration panel ruled in favor of the European gas market model established by the Third Energy Package
The World Trade Organization arbitration panel ruled on the Third Energy Package suit that Russia had filed against the EU in April 2014. The WTO arbitrators partially sided with the Russia's claims but upheld ownership unbundling (separation of supply and production activities from transportation and distribution) which is in core of the integrated EU gas market.
14 august 2018 Trud
Victoria Pavliushina

Victoria Pavliushina Department for Research Studies

Important Positive Trends in Construction of Owner-Occupied Low-Rise Housing
As reported by Trud, in the past six months, individuals have built more square meters of their own houses than the powerful Russian construction industry has commissioned during the same period. According to Rosstat, the share of private housing construction made up 52.8%. Individuals can afford this thanks to their own initiative, finances, and organizational talents.
10 august 2018 Moscow 24
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Regulation May Lead to a Fuel Shortage
The draft law on state regulation of gasoline prices was submitted to the State Duma. Its authors propose to set the price limit for fuel from 2019. They believe this will protect consumers from strong price fluctuations in the market.
7 august 2018 RBC-TV
Mikhail Pryadilnikov

Mikhail Pryadilnikov

The state must be proactive in offering electronic services to the public
Digitization can reduce the number of officials by a third over the next 6 years, Head of the Accounts Chamber was quoted by an RBC TV correspondent. This will allow, among other things, to reduce the pressure being put on business by oversight and supervision authorities.
6 august 2018 Interfax
Irina Nikitina

Irina Nikitina Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program

A number of bills aimed at liberalizing the tax regime for IT companies are to be passed before December 2019
The Skolkovo foundation (the competencies center for the regulations and standards section of the Digital Economy program) has suggested cancelling VAT for sales of software, IT outsourcing, and cloud services from January 1, 2019. The relevant amendments to the Tax Code of Russia have been developed by the Skolkovo foundation and refined by the Ministry for Finance, Interfax notes.
6 august 2018 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Oleg Kolobov

Oleg Kolobov Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

The further growth in demand for NGV equipment will encourage domestic car makers to build new production facilities
As gasoline and diesel fuel continue to rise in price both private car owners and major companies switch to compressed natural gas (CNG). The demand for natural gas tanks has already increased more than four-fold. As local manufacturers fail to meet the sky-rocketing demand, the new niche is flooded with imports from China, including counterfeits. Experts warn about the dangers of such products but they are convinced that domestic suppliers should soon be able to meet the rising demand. That's the opinion expressed in the monthly energy bulletin of the Analytical Center, in which the experts look back at the past five years of natural gas vehicles in Russia, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
3 august 2018 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Amiragyan

Alexander Amiragyan Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

The higher the oil prices, the faster the increase in investments
Last year, Russian oil and gas companies expanded their investments in upstream projects (exploration, drilling and extraction) up to USD 58 bln, which was 38 percent more than the previous year. "The increase in investments in Russia resulted from increase in investments in oil and natural gas extraction in rubles and strengthening of the national currency," Alexander Amiragyan, Deputy Head of the Department of Fuel and Energy Sector of the Analytical Center, commented on this situation in an interview with a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent.