Location map
author: OCHA/ ReliefWeb

- Northern Asia (the area west of the Urals is considered part of Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean.
- Neighbours: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, North Korea.

- ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia;
- subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north;
- winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia;
- summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast.

Natural hazards:
- permafrost over much of Siberia is a major impediment to development;
- volcanic activity in the Kuril Islands;
- volcanoes and earthquakes on the Kamchatka Peninsula;
- spring floods and summer/autumn forest fires throughout Siberia and parts of European Russia.

Macro indicators
* 2018 estimates
Pop. density*:8.4people/km2
GDP*:1,286.1EUR billion

Currency: Ruble
Code: RUB
Since: 1998

Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
Overall Property*:24%



STATISTICS: RUSSIA, 1Q2024: insurance market growth slowed to 5.5%

In 1Q2024, the market amounted to RUB 578.4 billion (EUR 5.81 billion), which is 5.5% more y-o-y in local currency. At the same time in euros the market result was negative (-10.86%). The Central Bank notes in its review of key performance indicators of insurers that the growth of the market has slowed down from 21.2% in 1Q2023.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, FY2023: net profit at the end of the year almost doubled

In 2023, the insurance market grew by a quarter to RUB 2.28 trillion (EUR 23.03 billion). The growth drivers in life insurance were all main types, including investment, accumulative and credit insurance, while in non-life insurance ā€“ motor segment, follows from data published by the Central Bank.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, 3Q2023: net profit of insurers more than tripled

The insurance market ended 3Q2023 with RUB 1,646.73 billion (~EUR 16.13 billion), which is 24% more y-o-y in rubles. However, in euro, the market decreased by about 32% due to a sharp change in the exchange rate compared to a year earlier. Paid claims reached RUB 758.86 billion/EUR7.43 billion (+17% in rubles), as follows from data published by the Central Bank.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, 1H2023: almost 30% y-o-y decrease in european currency because of strong depreciation of the ruble

The insurance market ended the first half of 2023 with RUB 1,073.12 billion (EUR 11.28 billion), which is 24% more y-o-y in rubles. However, in euros, it decreased by 29% due to a sharp change in exchange rate compared to the first half of 2022. Paid claims reached RUB 494.68 billion rubles (+17%)/EUR 5.20 billion, as follows from data published by the Central Bank.

UNIQA announced the withdrawal from Russia

UNIQA announced is selling its 75% share in the Russian company Raiffeisen Life to the Russian insurance company Renaissance Life, along with AO Raiffeisenbank, which belongs to the Raiffeisen Bank International Group and owns the remaining 25% of the shares.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, 1Q2023: total profit of Russian insurers almost tripled

In 1Q2023, the market significantly grew y-o-y. This was largely due to the low base effect, since in February-March 2022 the external conditions for the Russian economy deteriorated sharply, which led, among other things, to a significant decrease in activity in the insurance market and a GWP reduction at the end of 1Q2022, the Central Bank notes in its review.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, FY2022: GWP remained practically unchanged, while paid claims increased by more than 12% y-o-y

The insurance market at the end of 2022 remained virtually unchanged, while the Central Bank noted that quarterly dynamics was multidirectional and followed changes in economic activity. GWP decreased in the insurance types related to lending and life insurance, and support was mainly provided by motor insurance and life insurance segments, according to the latest CB's review of key performance indicators of insurers.

STATISTICS: RUSSIA, 3Q2022: profit of the insurers drops by more than 31% y-o-y in 9M2022

At the end of 3Q2022, the market saw a slight decrease, amounting to RUB 1,327.93 billion (EUR 23.96 billion). It is worth noting the rapid growth in the European currency due to the positive dynamics of the ruble exchange rate against the euro (from ~84 rubles / euro in 2021 to ~50 rubles / euro at the end of September 2022), according to the market data published by the Central Bank.

SCOR's Q1 2022 results will be impacted by the conflict in Ukraine

French reinsurer SCOR announced, its Q1 2022 results will be impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. "Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on 24th February 2022, SCOR has been closely monitoring the unfolding of events, and the resulting potential impact of the conflict and related international sanctions on its activity".

STATISTICS: Russia, FY2021: life insurance segment continued to grow, its share in the market portfolio reached 29%

The Russian insurance market grew by 17.52% in 2021 supported by recovery in economic activity after 2020. GWP increased in all major segments, and more than a third of the growth came from insurance related to lending to individuals, about a third - from investment and accumulative life insurance, according to a review of key performance indicators of insurers published by the Central Bank.

Russian insurers downgraded on severely adverse macroeconomic climate

S&P Global Ratings said on 7 March 2022 that it has taken negative rating actions on its rated Russian insurers, reflecting the agency's view of the heightened likelihood of financial and business vulnerability caused by rapidly escalating geopolitical and economic risks in Russia and follow the lowering of the Russian sovereign rating to CCC-.

RUSSIA: in 2021, SberLife Insurance had a record amount of paid claims

In 2021, SberLife Insurance generated RUB 155.7 billion (EUR 1.85 billion*) of GWP, which is 46.8% more y-o-y. Accumulative life insurance continues to hold the largest share in the insurer's portfolio (RUB 67.7 billion or 43% of the total volume, +20.4%), according to the insurer's press service.

RUSSIA: NAAI: in 2021, the agroinsurance market will reach at least RUB 9 billion

According to the National Association of Agriculture Insurers (NAAI), in 2021, the market of subsidized agroinsurance again saw positive dynamics: GWP increased to RUB 7.7 billion (EUR 91.59 million*), of which RUB 5.5 billion came from insurance of crop risks, RUB 2.2 billion - from livestock insurance, and RUB 0.1 billion rubles - from insurance of commercial aquaculture, according to NAAI.