Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina presents the new 200 ruble banknote in Moscow on October 12.


Analyst: “To succeed in the privatization of Odesa Portside, the government still needs to address its key issue, which is its large debt owed to the companies of Dmytro Firtash (more than USD 250 mln).”



Analyst: “…it’s a positive step in what’s otherwise a large cesspool of ongoing corruption in the defense industry, as exposed by the local media and activist politicians.”


Analyst: “We still see a chance for an IMF compromise on gas issues, and we still expect it will agree on the next tranche this year, in the amount of USD 1.0 bln.”


Sergiy Gusovsky (center), head of the Samopomich faction in the Kyiv city council and entrepreneur, with supporters in Kyiv October 9. Courtesy photo.



Photo: The Phantom was designed with input from frontline Ukrainian troops who have been slugging it out against Russian forces.

Photo: Clouds of smoke and fire billow from a Ukrainian ammunition depot near the city of Kalynivka that burst into flames on the night of September 26-27.


Analyst: “All in all, we do not see clear benefits from the debt operation for the budget beyond the year 2017. Moreover, the precedent of restructuring local bonds (which Ukraine hasn't done in recent years) is not a good signal for the local bond market, in our view.

Analyst: “We still believe Ukraine and the IMF will be able to find common ground in the coming weeks, and Ukraine will be able to receive at least USD 1 bln in a new IMF tranche by the year end.”



Photo: FSB officers arrest Russian serviceman Dmitry Dolgopolov (center) on suspicion of spying for Ukraine.



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