Financial Markets: Increasing Complexity, Maintaining Stability

3–5 July 2019, ST. PETERSBURG



JSC VTB Bank, its subsidiary banks and financial organisations (VTB Group) is an international financial group, offering a wide range of financial and banking services and products in Russia, the CIS, and select countries of Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa.

VTB Bank provides a full range of banking services through a wide network of branches. Its subsidiary organisations offer insurance, leasing, factoring and other financial services.

VTB Group has the most extensive international network of any Russian bank, with more than 20 banks and financial companies in more than 20 countries.

As of 31 March 2018, the Group was the second largest financial group in Russia by assets (RUB 13.1 trillion) and by customer accounts (RUB 9.3 trillion).

The Government of the Russian Federation is VTB Group’s main shareholder and owns 60.9% of the voting shares through the Federal Property Management Agency.


AHML (Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending) was established in 1997 by the Government of the Russian Federation for implementing the government policy on the housing and mortgage markets. In 2015 the Integrated Development Institution for the Housing Sector was founded on the AHML basis. The main task of the Integrated Institution is to provide a complex support of the housing sector in Russia and to make housing more affordable for Russian citizens.

The main AHML goals are further development of the mortgage and securities markets, development of rental housing and real estate mutual funds, implementation of means for enhancing the investment appeal of housing sector, providing developers with land resources, creation of a comfortable and quality living environment.

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Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution. Sberbank holds almost one third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets, it is the key lender to the national economy and the biggest deposit taker in Russia. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is the founder and principal shareholder of Sberbank owning 50% of the Bank's authorized capital plus one voting share, with the remaining 50% held by domestic and international investors. Sberbank has more than 135 million individual customers and more than 4 million corporate clients in 20 countries. Sberbank has the largest distribution network in Russia with almost 17,000 branches, and its international operations include UK, US, CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, India, China, Turkey and other countries.

The Bank holds the general banking license No.1481 issued by the Bank of Russia.

Official websites of the Bank: (Sberbank Group website),

Mir National Payment System

Mir is Russian National Payment System. In December 2015 the first cards Mir were issued. Today more than 370 banks became participants of Mir Payment System, 90 of them start issuing cards Mir and more than 220 of them connect their ATMs and POS-terminals to accepted cards Mir.
Joint Stock Company National System of Payment Cards (JSC NSPK) is the operator of Mir National Payment System.
The main tasks of NSPK are to ensure uninterrupted processing of transactions made with the international payment system cards within Russia and to establish and develop the National Payment System.
All processing of any domestic transaction made with a card of any payment system, including international payment systems, within Russia occurs through the NSPK Transaction Settlement and Clearing Center (NSPK TSCC).
JSC NSPK was established on July 23, 2014. 100% of JSC NSPK shares belong to the Bank of Russia.

Russian Agricultural Bank, JSC

Russian Agricultural Bank, JSC is one of the largest banks in Russia, incorporated in 2000 to contribute to further development of the national credit and financial system of agricultural industry and rural areas. Today the Bank provides full range of banking services and remains the key player in financing of Russian agribusiness. The bank is 100% state-owned.
Russian Agricultural Bank is among the leading financial institutions by capital and assets and in the top group of the most reliable banks. The Bank’s regional branch network is the second largest in Russia with 73 branches operating in all regions of the country. The Bank has representative offices in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and China.

Moscow Exchange Group

Moscow Exchange Group manages Russia's main trading platform for equities, bonds, derivatives, currencies, money market instruments, precious metals and agricultural products. The Group includes Russia's central securities depository (National Settlement Depository), and the central counterparty National Clearing Centre, allowing Moscow Exchange Group to offer clients the full spectrum of trading and post-trading services.
Moscow Exchange ranks among the world's top 25 exchanges by total volume of equities traded, and among the ten largest exchanges for bond and derivative trading. It is also Russia's primary venue for capital raising via the public markets. Securities of 665 Russian companies are traded on MOEX. In 2017, new equity and bond placements totaled more than RUB 5 trillion. The company was named a Forbes World's Best Employer in 2017.
Moscow Exchange regularly hosts Exchange Forums in key global financial centers such as Moscow, London, New York and Shanghai to promote the Russian market among international investors.

PJSC Rostelecom

PJSC Rostelecom is one of the largest national telecommunications operators in Russia and Europe. The Group operates in all segments of the telecommunications market and covers millions of households in Russia.

Rostelecom is an undisputable leader of the broadband and pay-TV markets in Russia with over 12.3 million fixed-line broadband subscribers and over 9.3 million pay-TV subscribers, over 4.2 million of which are subscribed to Rostelecom’s IPTV services.

The Group is a market leader in providing telecommunications services to government bodies and corporates of all levels. It is also an important innovator that provides solutions in the field of medicine, E-Government, cloud computing, education, security and housing & utility services.

Rostelecom was assigned ‘BBB-’ and ‘BB+’ international credit ratings by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s respectively.


Russian Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises Support (JSC SME Bank) was established in 1999. In 2016 the Federal Corporation for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises became the bank’s sole shareholder.

SME Bank is the only Russian bank that provides financial support exclusively to small and medium-sized enterprises. The bank's mandate is based on the actual goals and priorities of state policy in this area. The bank pays special attention to the support of agricultural cooperatives, suppliers under public procurement system and high-tech industries.


Joint Stock Company Goznak is a major company engaged in successful competition on the Russian and global markets for manufacturers of protected products.
What makes Goznak unique is its ability to perform the full cycle of work involving the release and circulation of protected products. At a customer’s request, the company can develop a fundamentally new protective technology and subsequently turn it into a printed product as well as devices used to control the authenticity of protective features. The desired solutions can also be integrated with the customer’s existing data processing system.


A key factor affecting the security of credit and financial institutions is the speed of information exchange amongst themselves and with law enforcement and the executive authorities. FinCERT – a subdivision of the Bank of Russia – has successfully provided and supported operational information exchange for 2 years now.
Understanding that efficiency is a key factor helps to expand the scope of mutual awareness in which the basic principles are voluntary participation and trust. To date, more than 400 organizations are involved in information exchanges with FinCERT.
FinCERT is a partnership for cybersecurity.

FinTech Association

The FinTech Association was established in late 2016 by the Bank of Russia, Sberbank, VTB Bank, Alfa Bank, Gazprombank, Otkritie Bank, the National Payment Card System, and KIWI Bank. The FinTech Association’s goal is to develop and introduce new technological solutions to ensure the development of the financial market as well as create conditions for the digitalization of the economy of the Russian Federation.

ROSINKAS Association

The ROSINKAS Association is one of the largest carriers of cash and other valuables in the country, is part of the unified centralized system of the Bank of Russia, and is a reliable partner to many large companies.
In order to perform tasks associated with organizing cash circulation in the country, the Association transports the valuables of the reserve funds of the Bank of Russia, collects cash proceeds, handles interbank transfers of valuables, and delivers bank documents.
The Association pays particular attention to the transportation of cash in the interests of credit institutions, ATM servicing, cash delivery, including to the Pension Fund and the Federal Treasury of the Ministry of Finance, as well as the provision of other services involving the transportation and protection of valuables.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. We enable professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, and media markets to make the decisions that matter most, all powered by the world's most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information please visit

FSВI “Editorial “Rossiyskaya gazeta”

“Rossiyskaya Gazeta” is a modern multimedia group that provides readers daily with up-to-date, reliable and relevant information about Russian regional and federal affairs and worldwide events.
The newspaper and its electronic platforms publish news, features, exclusive interviews and comments from public officials and the most powerful representatives of business, politics and culture.
Today “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” is the leader in terms of audience size in the segment of daily sociopolitical and business newspapers. It is also among the leaders of the media citation rating.
Media holding of “Rossiyskaya gazeta” include:
“Rossiyskaya gazeta” - Daily social and political newspaper
“Rossiyskaya gazeta – Nedelya” - Weekly issue
“Rodina” - Monthly historical magazine

Business daily VEDOMOSTI

Vedomosti Business daily is the authoritative source of business information for 17 years, effective tool for important strategic decisions. There is latest news, expert analytic, infographic, market review and exclusive interviews to primary sources.
This project is created in conjunction with the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal for people who has their own opinion. Vedomosti Business daily includes web-site, mobile version and free mobile app for all platforms.

Interfax Information Services Group

Interfax is the leading information group in the CIS and the recognized leader in the B2B segment of Russia’s information market.
Interfax dates back to 1989, the founding of the Interfax News Agency, which became the country's first nongovernmental outlet for up-to-the-minute political and economic news.
Interfax is the most frequently cited source for information on Russia and the CIS in the world media and the most popular newswire service on the Russian financial market.
Interfax develops professional information solutions that help companies operate in the financial and commodity markets, enabling them to make investment decisions, manage risk, organize external communications and fulfill regulatory requirements.
Interfax's best-known IT services include SPARK (counterparty risk management), SCAN (media analysis and monitoring), ASTRA (analytical solution for compliance with Russian law on transfer pricing), X-Compliance (Know Your Customer solution to comply with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing legislation), SPARK-Marketing (analysis of commodity markets), Regulatory news disclosure center (e-DISCLOSURE.RU), RU DATA (reference data and analytics).
Interfax develops partnerships with the leading world brands.
Working with Sberbank of Russia and Experian, Interfax created the United Credit Bureau, Russia’s market leader for consumer credit information. Interfax's joint venture with Dun & Bradstreet, another international information market leader, provides business information.

MIC Izvestia

MIC Izvestia is the largest multimedia information center in Russia, combining editorial and technologic capabilities of the news services of REN TV channel, Channel Five and Izvestia newspaper. MIC Izvestia is a multipurpose platform for generating various information content (TV, print, online).

The Center includes the Internet portal, uniting the capacities of a twenty-four-hour news TV broadcasting and socio-political publishing. Among the assets of MIC Izvestia there is also a new city channel “78”, launched in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in September 2017. The Izvestia TV channel ( has started broadcasting in the largest satellite and cable networks, and now it is available to half of Russia's residents and all Internet users. The content of MIC “Izvestia” is also broadcasted on the radio station “Russian News Service”.

Due to the merger of the editorial and technological capabilities of several federal media, MIC Izvestia has a unique audience coverage – 60 million TV and 38 million digital contacts monthly.

Russian information channel “Russia 24”

Russian information channel “Russia 24” is the undisputed leader of fieldwork with the most important events – maximum live broadcasts, crews in the very action, access to true-to-fact information.  
Three quarters of Russians note that “Russia 24” is the main source of information for them and more than half of the respondents states that they watch the TV channel regularly.  
According to the information and analytics system Medialogiya, “Russia 24” holds the highest citation index among Russian TV channels in 2017.
TV channel “Russia 24” has created a single information space in the country, providing one-time access to the news to everyone from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad.

The magazine “Modern technology insurance”

Banking Review

Banking Review provides an overview of the key events on the banking market, information about regulators’ intents and actions, opinions of professional participants, business process practices, branch ratings and studies, and descriptions of new products and services.

Financial One

“Banking Technologies” Magazine

Based in Russia and founded in 1994, “Banking Technologies” magazine has a 20-years experience in providing a consistent coverage of technology and financial systems for the banking industry.
Since in today’s highly competitive market, it is essential for financial institutions to maintain a competitive edge, our content has evolved together with the market to mobile banking and finance, distant banking, contactless payments, issues around Russian National Payment System, etc.
For our readers – IT professionals in financial institutions - our magazine provides unrivalled opportunities in supporting business decision-making via access to industrial information on trends, best practices, solutions coverage and analytical surveys with data visualization via infographics.
For our sponsors – our magazine provides opportunities to promote your company to an audience of senior decision-makers and IT-professionals in financial institutions.
We deliver 12 issues a year, with the total circulation of 6 thousand copies, and supplements dedicated to events.

Joint Stock Company Media-Information Group “Insurance Today”

Joint Stock Company Media-Information Group “Insurance Today” (MIG) offers information and PR support of the Russian insurance business through internet portal “Insurance today” – leading expert, informational and analytical web-resource. Other activities are informational and organizational support of key public events held by the insurance community. The team consists of highly educated professionals, many of whom have worked in the insurance market for more than 10 years.


RBC (RBC PJSC) is a leading Russian media holding, with leadership positions in news and business media, as well as in domain name registration and hosting. The company’s history counts more than 20 years. RBC employs key media platforms such as the Internet, TV, and press, develops B2B media services, and provides domain registration and hosting services (RU-CENTER Group).
Statistics shows that practically every other economically active Russian citizen is RBC’s business project reader or viewer. RBC’s aggregate monthly business audience exceeds 34m people (source: TNS data, including overlapping audience). At the same time, has continually been ranked among top online media in the citation ranking (source: Medialogia data for 2014).
RU-CENTER Group provides services to more than 1 million users, with major Russian companies and leading players on the Internet market among them. is the largest independent financial portal of the Runet, one of the most quoted media resources of a financial industry in Russia. Was founded in 2005. Among shareholders – Philip and Kirill Ilyin-Adayev, Elena Ishcheeva, Russia Partners investment fund. is a financial supermarket, information agency, analytical center, rating services and thematic forums.
The portal covers events and offers products of the bank, insurance, telecommunication and investment markets.
Key tasks of – to provide the most operational, reliable and detailed information about the financial market, to help clients with the choice of the most advantageous offers, to promote the companies in search of high-quality clients and to adjust communication between them.
The monthly audience of exceeds 6 million unique users.

Prime Business News Agency JSC

Prime is the leading business news agency in Russia and a subsidiary of Rossiya Segodnya media company. It ranks 1st among the most-cited financial news agencies in the country.*
An outstanding team of journalists and analysts works day and night so that subscribers will be the first to know the key Russian and global economic news and events.
PRIME provides data to the Russia's Presidential Executive Office, Russian Government, Bank of Russia and other public agencies as well as to major Russian banks and companies. PRIME subscribers include news aggregators and leading business media.
PRIME has an exclusive cooperation agreement with Dow Jones Newswires in Russia, publishing news items on the global foreign exchange, commodity and stock markets.
PRIME is also accredited by the Bank of Russia to disclose securities information. The agency acts as a publisher and distributor of the Bank of Russia Bulletin.
Besides, PRIME is an official partner of major trading platforms and rating agencies. Through PRIME Inforterminal the agency can broadcast a wide range of data feeds, news and analytic items and macroeconomic data.
The agency's portfolio comprises over 40 corporate products and services, such as BIR-Analitik system – a tool for comprehensive corporate analysis and evaluation of business landscape, credibility assessment, identification of customers and market research. Another system – Prime Trading Terminal – is used to manage liquidity, conversion, deposit and credit transactions with bank subsidiaries and customers.
*According for 2016 by Medialogia