Russia Raises Interest Rates to Boost Ruble

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Move comes amid investor concerns about emerging-market economies

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MOSCOW—Russia’s central bank raised interest rates Friday, moving to defend the ruble against market volatility and inflation as global investors question the outlook for emerging-market economies and the possibility of fresh U.S. sanctions.

The Bank of Russia raised its key interest rate to 7.5% from 7.25%, ending a series of cuts that brought it down from a peak of 17% at the end of 2014 that was introduced in the wake of earlier sanctions imposed on the country by the U.S. and Europe.