Vneshprombank in administration

MOSCOW: The Russian central bank said on Friday it was putting major lender Vneshprombank into temporary administration as the country’s economic woes put pressure on the financial sector. Citing the lender’s financial difficulties, the central bank said Vneshprombank had been placed into temporary administration for six months. According to the Interfax Centre for Economic Analysis, Vneshprombank ranked 34th by total assets earlier this year. Business daily Vedomosti, citing sources, said on Friday that the struggling bank had many top customers including a member of the Russian government. The lender had also top energy companies including the country’s top oil producer Rosneft and state-owned oil pipeline monopoly Transneft among its clients.