Russia May Raise State Company Dividends In 2016 To Help Budget

Russia Peeved As U.N. Report On Syria Lays No Blame

They made it official and signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons . The next move will be implementing the program to remove the weapons. At a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday, Assad thanked Russia for helping the country avoid a war. But war is not yet out of the question. The U.N. will orchestrate the removal of weapons deemed illegal under the chemical weapons convention. Then it is up to Washington to believe Syria is following the order. If history is any guide, Washington will doubt the Syrian militarys commitment. In fact,the United States is pushing for a U.N. Security Council resolution allowing the use of force against Syria in case it fails to comply with the plan, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday just hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that option was a nonstarter. If Russia is peeved about the U.N.

The Economy Ministry is fighting the move. Payouts should be kept at 25 percent of profit until state companies have been consulted and moved to international-standard accounts, Olga Dergunova, a deputy minister, told reporters at the State Duma. President Vladimir Putin has targeted dividends in a drive to raise budget revenue, lure foreign and domestic investors to the local exchange and turn Moscow into an international financial center. Russia began taking a tougher stance on companies dividend policy, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov , said in an interview on June 21. Even if the payout starts from 2016 as the Finance Ministry is apprently proposing today, this would be a huge driver for Gazprom, Rosneft, Transneft, Alrosa and the whole market in general, Julian Rimmer, a trader at CF Global Trading UK Ltd. in London, said by e-mail. The payouts will remain at the level of at least 25 percent of net income in the next two years, Siluanov said. The jump to 35 percent of net income will bring as much as 106 billion rubles ($3.29 billion) of additional inflows into the budget, he said. Trading Discount OAO Gazprom, the state-run natural gas exporter, jumped as much as 1.5 percent, before erasing gains at the end of the day to closed down 1.5 percent in Moscow. The depository receipts fell 0.8 percent in London . Russian stocks on average trade at a discount to emerging market equities.

For First Time, Americans’ Views of Russia Turn Negative

Trend: Americans

With Russia poised to host the Winter Olympics in February 2014, it is clear that the nation — and its leader — will continue to influence worldwide debate for the foreseeable future. Survey Methods Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 15-16, 2013, on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 1,010 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is 4 percentage points. Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cellphone respondents and 50% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by region. Landline and cell telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday. Samples are weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and cell users in the two sampling frames. They are also weighted to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, and cellphone mostly). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2012 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. Phone status targets are based on the July-December 2011 National Health Interview Survey.