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Russian Stock Trading Suspended


Russia’s main stock exchange announced it was to halt trading until Friday after opening with steep losses on Wednesday.

The MICEX index dropped more than 14% in the first half-hour of trading on Wednesday morning.

The RTS exchange, whose index is widely considered the benchmark of Russia’s markets, fell more than 11% in the first 30 minutes and suspended trading for one hour.

The exchanges suffered their worst-ever one-day losses on Monday and ended on Tuesday with minor losses, in a tepid response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s announcement of new measures to improve liquidity in the banking system.


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