The Central Bank (CBRT) left its policy rate (one-week repo, 24%) unchanged in line with the consensus (vs. our expectation of 100bps hike). The press release after the decision is almost the same with the previous one, except for the stress over the slow-down in economic activity “partly due to tighter financial conditions…
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Robust stance in the economic activity continued in 2Q, according to our nowcast. Inflation will ease further in summer on top of favorable base effects before climbing up again in 3Q. The CBRT strengthened its hawkish stance by keeping its interest rates intact and having the average funding rate hover above 11.9%.