Russia's MICEX stock index falls 2.5 pct at opening

MOSCOW, March 14 Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:11am EDT

MOSCOW, March 14 (Reuters) - The MICEX index of Russian stocks fell 2.5 percent at opening on Friday, two days before a referendum in Crimea that is expected to provoke western sanctions against Russia.

At 0610 GMT MICEX was down 2.4 percent at 1,219 points. The dollar-denominated RTS index had fallen 2.8 percent to 1,047 points.

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