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Russia Consumer Prices (Apr.)

Russian inflation came in broadly as expected in April, rising from 16.7% y/y to a two-decade high of 17.8% y/y and it looks like further increases in the coming months will be modest. This will prompt the central bank to unwind its emergency interest rate hike further, with a 200bp rate cut next month. EM Drop-In (17th May): Do current EM debt strains point to a repeat of the kinds of crises seen in the 1980s and 1990s? Join our special briefing on EM sovereign debt risk on Tuesday. Register now.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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