December 9th, 2011

Protests following “rigged” Duma elections give investors up-close look at upheaval in Russia

A man protesting the results of the Duma elections is arrested. Credit: Reuters

Tai Adelaja of Russian Profile notes that this week’s demonstrations in Moscow “may have started to take a toll on the country’s economy,” as state bank VneshEconomBank canceled its Eurobond placement and two Russian mining companies have completed their escape from the MSCI Index to the FTSE 100.

VEB’s bond postponement is the first of its kind since the early 1990s, as “bond investors who initially showed interest in buying VEB bonds have started to withdraw their applications, as uncertainty clouds political future in Russia.”

Meanwhile mining companies Polymetal and Evraz became the first Russian firms admitted to London’s FTSE 100, with analysts seeing “a political undertone in their decisions.”

Two other Russian companies, Russian Railways and TNK-BP,­ are planning to meet with investors next week, the results of which could signify how money managers feel toward Russia after the election.

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