Crisis And Bank Performance In The Covid-19 Era: Russia Case Study


  • Adriana Morozov Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia


Crisis, Bank Performance, Covid-19 Era, Russia


This study aims to investigate Russia's financial performance during the COVID 19
outbreak and the financial crisis. We use indicators of bank financial performance as the
dependent variable in this study. An indication of bank success is bank profit after taxes.
As independent variables, general reserves and finance were utilized. For this
investigation, the Russian financial services regulator used a sample of all bank
transactions across the country that were recorded (Central Bank of the Russian
Federation). This study covers a population of all financial institutions in Russia, including
those that are registered and those that are not, throughout a monthly time span from
January 1995 to January 2021. We found that financing generally has a very favorable
impact on Russian banking performance. However, general reserves have a detrimental
impact on Russian bank performance. This makes perfect sense since in a stable economy,
financing is the spearhead of bank income with measurable risks so when financing
increases, bank income also increases. On the other hand, if the reserves increase, more
money will settle and in the end, it will have an impact on the loss of opportunities to earn
income. However, during a crisis, financing becomes very risky so it is negatively related
to bank performance during a crisis, but it is reserved that are the driving force for bank
income from deposits to the central bank.