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British Journal Names Russian Central Bank Chief Top European Banker Of 2016


Russian central-bank governor Elvira Nabiullina

The British journal The Banker has named Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina as the European Central Bank Chairman of the year.

The journal hailed Nabiullina's success in controlling Russia's inflation rate, noting that by the end of the year inflation had fallen to below 6 percent from 12.9 percent in 2015.

According to the International Monetary Fund, inflation in post-Soviet Russia has never fallen below 6.1 percent before.

Nabiullina told the journal that 2016 was a "turning point" for inflation expectations.

"At the beginning of 2016, the inflation expectations of market participants were higher than our own inflation target" of 4 percent by the end of 2017, she said. "Now they are approaching our target and are at 4.5-4.7 percent."

Nabiullina's career as head of Russia's Central Bank began in 2013. Since then, she has had to deal with a number of challenges, including the free floating of the Russian ruble in 2014 and the subsequent collapse of the currency in December of that year.

In June 2014, Forbes magazine named her 72nd out of its "100 Most Powerful Women in the World."

Based on reporting by The Moscow Times, TASS, and RT.com
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