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Working paper

A guide to Russian bank data: Breaking down the sample of banks

Vernikov A. V.
The paper suggests a classification of Russian commercial banks for the purposes of empirical analysis. While most of the literature on comparative bank performance in transition identifies three broad categories of banks (state, domestic private and foreign), in the Russian case it may be proper to consider separately the core state-controlled banks that jointly account for over 40 percent of total assets. Among all foreign-controlled banks we identify foreign subsidiary banks whose parents are financial institutions and whose core business in Russia is commercial banking. This paper complements previous papers on Russian bank data (Schoors, 2000; Karas and Schoors, 2005; 2010; Vernikov, 2007; 2009; 2012; 2014). We attach a list of state-controlled banks and foreign subsidiary banks that have been active during the period up to 2014.