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Russian Federation

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

Conditionality

News

IMF rule-change sustains lending to Ukraine

The IMF has changed its long-standing rule on lending to countries in arrears to official creditors, thereby avoiding having to cancel its $17.5 billion loan programme to Ukraine.

1 February 2016

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

20 June 2014

Finance

Commentary

BRICS Bank: New bottle, how’s the wine?

Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.

27 February 2014 | At Issue

Private Sector

Analysis

Croissants and TV guides: World Bank's new poverty reduction strategy?

IFC investments in a TV guide, hotels and online shopping highlight projects with weak development outcomes

3 December 2013

Finance

News

Russian lessons for the IMF

The Russian economic crisis, hot on the heels of the Asian meltdown, has provoked the Financial Times to comment that “the role of the International Monetary Fund in preventing crises has been comprehensively undermined.”

15 September 1998
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Infrastructure

News

Investigation on World Bank support for Mongolia mining project deferred

The Inspection Panel has deferred a decision to investigate a complaint regarding environmental, social and economic damage related to a World Bank funded mining project in Mongolia.

5 April 2016

IFI governance

Background

After SCOTUS: Next steps in sovereign debt restructuring

Notes of a meeting on sovereign debt restructuring after SCOTUS at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

9 October 2014

IFI governance

News

Calls for IMF quota reform implementation

Countries, including Russia and India, have continued to express concerns over the failure to complete the 2010 IMF quota reform.

2 December 2013

Conditionality

News

Russian advisors get new jobs

Martin Gilman, former IMF Moscow representative, has been hired to teach economics by the Russian state-funded Higher School of Economics, while Anders Aslund, the one-time consultant and promoter of Russian privatisation, has been appointed to a World Bank team investigating the success of such programmes.

18 June 2001

Conditionality

News

Russian u-turn on IMF conditionality

In September, Russia reimposed energy sector controls to force Russian oil companies to sell some of their product on the home market, only months after it removed them to comply with IMF conditionality.

26 October 2000

Accountability

News

IMF halts Russia loans during Chechnya crisis

In December the IMF halted loans to Russia as the war in Chechnya reached crisis point.

15 December 1999

Accountability

News

Western banks in Russian corruption scandal

The FBI and US Congress are investigating allegations that the Bank of New York, the Republic National Bank and other Western financial institutions were involved in laundering IMF loans siphoned out of Russia by the mafia helped by top Kremlin officials.

15 September 1999
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