Jeremiah Cornelius writes: "bears for the bear" dept: It's not the setup for a Yakov Smirnoff joke: "In soviet Russia, stock market halts you." Rather more seriously, all trading appears to have been suspended, and after the third delayed time for re-opening, the closure has been announced ominously: "The technical suspension of trading to be extended. The situation has been recognized as an emergency. Further actions will be announced shortly." There is very little news available about this, and it is unknown if these are technology problems or manged by the Russian state — but Zero Hedge has been tracking the issue. At this time, a site hacking and defacement has now been largely ruled out.