Moody’s may downgrade Russian bank ratings

Moody’s international rating agency could downgrade the ratings of Russian banks if their capital adequacy ratio falls to 10 percent from 16.7 percent in the middle of 2011 against a background of global uncertainty and fears of a new crisis, the agency said on Tuesday.

If the 2008 economic crisis scenario is repeated, it will cut banking profits and capital adequacy ratios will decrease as a result, the agency said in a statement.

Banks which are most susceptible to asset quality deterioration and problems with liquidity run the risk of rating downgrade, it added.

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