Russia nears default after making ruble payment
VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank, is set to become the latest victim of Western sanctions.
Its UK division is due in court in London today, where it will ask the judge to order a so-called special administration, Bloomberg reports.
It comes after a court ordered the UK unit of Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank to be dissolved, while Sova Capital, a London-based brokerage controlled by Russian banker Roman Avdeev, went into special administration last month. .
Special administration is a form of insolvency that protects the entire market from collapse. Gazprom’s British operations narrowly avoided that fate after Germany took control of the gas giant’s subsidiary.
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What happened overnight
Asian stock markets fell on Wednesday as investors faced the possibility of aggressive monetary tightening from the US Federal Reserve to fight inflation, while the focus was also on further Western sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
In morning trade in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei lost nearly 2%, while South Korean stocks fell 0.9% and Australian stocks lost 0.75%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan slipped 1.3% Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.3%, pulling away from a one-month high hit on Monday .
Shanghai lost 0.1pc as mainland markets reopened after two days of public holidays.
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