Russia bans foreigners from selling Russian shares

Russia bans foreigners from selling Russian shares

By preventing non-Russians from selling shares, Russia is trying to protect itself from sweeping sanctions imposed on the country.

As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there was a huge capital flight from national markets: foreigners wanted to get rid of their Russian investments and exchange the rubles they received for them for dollars or euros, among other things.


It was announced yesterday that British oil and gas group BP wants to get rid of nearly 20 percent of its stake in Russian oil group Rosneft due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It is not yet clear what exactly BP plans with Rosneft shares.

ruble down

The ruble is depreciating today. Now the value of the Russian currency is about 30 percent less than the US dollar, and previously it was up to 40 percent.

To support the ruble exchange rate, the Russian Central Bank raised the official interest rate from 9.5 percent to 20 percent. The idea is that it is more attractive to investors to keep money in Russia.

The opening of the Moscow Stock Exchange was postponed by three hours.

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