The situation on the Russian stock market was unstable today. Stock priceswent down at the opening, following a plummet on international stockmarkets, but this fall did not last long on domestic exchanges. A rise wasobserved on the Russian market later today on European stock indicesgrowing 1-2 percent at the opening, however, this tendency was short-termtoo. By now, the stock market has seen a sort of a sideways trend andtraders feel nervous, as the prices can jump or drop at any time.By 2 p.m. the RTS index went up 0.4 percent amid the trade volume of $6.8m,Vladimir Detinich, an analyst of Aton Capital, reported in an interviewwith RBC. Commenting on factors that are having an impact on the Russianstock market, he mentioned a rise in brent oil prices in London to $26.8per barrel on more news about US planned attack on Iraq. US stock futureopened with a slight rise but dropped almost to yesterday's closing levelsby midday. European stock indices saw a reduction as well, the expertconcluded..
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign