Russian poll suggests growing support for government during war

Theo Normanton March 31, 2022

New data from pollster Levada Centre show that domestic support for the Russian government has increased across a range of metrics since its invasion of Ukraine in February. Trust in the president is up 10%, according to the Levada Centre.

Ruble firms to the dollar, but the exchange rates are not real

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2022

The Russian ruble surged by more than 10% on March 29 in Moscow trading, following peace talks in Istanbul, but the rates are not real, say analysts.

Russian unemployment could rise to 7.8% this year on sanctions shock and deep recession

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2022

Russian could lose about 2mn jobs, causing unemployment to rise from 4.4% to 7.1-7.8% by the end of this year, Kommersant reported on March 29, citing analyst forecasts described in a report by the Center for Strategic Developments (CSR).

The EC Economic Sentiment Index tumbles in March and price rise expectations hit record levels

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2022

European economic sentiment took a hit in March, falling in seven of the ten most important economies, as the war in Ukraine and the economic impact of extreme sanctions on Russia drive up inflation and disrupt supply chains.

Serbians divided over response to Ukraine invasion but most back neutrality

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2022

50% back government's position to avoid sanctions, 21% want Serbia to side with Russia, and just 13% think Serbia should side with the EU and Ukraine, Demostat poll shows.

Russians expect Western businesses to return

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2022

Despite the unprecedented exodus of foreign businesses from Russia, over 40% of Russians believe that most Western companies that left the country will return within a year.