General Retail As Putin Seeks To Reassure Russians On Ruble

A digital display shows the latest U.S. dollar and euro foreign currency exchange rate outside a Bank Saint-Petersburg bank branch in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. President Vladimir Putin struck an uncompromising stance over the crisis gripping Russia, accusing the U.S. and European Union of trying to undermine his nation and blaming external factors for the ruble’s sharp drop. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg