S&P has revised its negative outlook
on Russia: ‘It’s a good sign, a Christmas present.
‘ Russia and Egypt could be on the verge of signing a long-term wheat import
agreement. Russia’s London ambassador, Yury Fedotov, says that Russia will not pay its £3 million worth of congestion charges as a ‘question of principle
‘, saying that the charge violates the Vienna Convention
(about 50 other countries are also refusing to pay). CTC Media has settled a court case
with its former chief executive, Alexander Rodnyansky, by paying him $26 million in cash. Mikhail Prokhorov is appealing to his fellow billionaires
to invest in MFK, his bank, as it seeks to raise $200 million from new shareholders. The Central Bank bought $1 billion worth of gold from Gokhran, although the purchase makes no difference
to the bank’s holdings, as Gokhran’s holdings are already counted as part of Russia’s gold reserves.