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Minister Warns of Inflation as Russian Ruble Falls to Record Low

Published: January 30, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • The ruble has reached a historic low.
    Photo: Vedomosti

The Russian ruble continued its slide Wednesday to reach historic lows as a government minister warned that the currencys continued plunge could cause a spike in inflation.

The euro climbed 55 kopecks to 48.02 rubles on Wednesday evening in Moscow, the rubles weakest showing against the European currency since trading began. The dollar rose 47 kopecks to 35.20 rubles by the same time, the rubles lowest value against the greenback since 2008.

Related: Economist Advises Russians to Dump Ruble, Buy Hard Currency

If the ruble continues to weaken it will result in more expensive imports and could boost inflation, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev warned during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Prime business news agency reported.

Other emerging market currencies are falling alongside the ruble as the United States winds up giant money printing programs that have buoyed emerging markets, but the rubles dive has been among the most pronounced.

Related: Ruble Continues Fall, Lowest Level Since 2009

The Russian currency traded Wednesday outside the central banks trading corridor for the second time in 2014, as the regulator failed to keep the currency within the target band.

The central bank, which controls the value of the ruble through interventions on the currency market, has widened the target corridor for the ruble by 65 kopecks since the start of the year.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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