Russian MICEX stock hits its lowest level since October 2009

MOSCOW, March 14 Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:00am EDT

MOSCOW, March 14 (Reuters) - Russia's MICEX stock index fell more than 5 percent on Friday to its lowest level since October 2009, two days before Crimea holds a referendum to vote on joining Russia.

The benchmark stock index was also hit by slowing growth in China which hurt risk-appetite.

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