Corporate Lending in January-July 2020

Sergey A. Zubov – Senior Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor (Moscow, Russia). Е-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On the back of the implementation of containment measures due to the spread of the coronavirus infection, the Central Bank of Russia took a host of regulatory measures aimed at reducing banks’ expenses on creation of loan loss provisions and stimulating soft lending. From the point of view of liquidity and capital provisions, the CB actions coupled with the banking system resilience allowed to avoid repetition of the credit shocks of 2008 and 2014 and ramp up volumes of corporate lending.

Key words: Russian banking sector, corporate lending, Bank of Russia, credit support of SME sector, coronavirus.