Entering the newly-opened savings office in Saint Petersburg on March 1, 1842, Nikolai Kristofari, the Loan Treasury officer, could not have imagined that he would become the first ever customer of the financial institution destined to be so closely linked with the course of Russian history.
Sberbank of Russia is the historical successor of Savings Offices established by the decree of Tsar Nicholas I, which were originally two small institutions in Saint Petersburg and Moscow with 20 employees. Later they grew into a network of savings offices spread across the country that even during the hardest of times helped sustain the stability of the Russian economy. During the Soviet period, they were transformed into the State Labour Savings Banks system. They have now formed a modern universal bank, a large international group with a brand familiar in over twenty countries worldwide.
"This is only the beginning," they like to say at Sberbank. However, they still remember the history of the Bank – complex, yet rich and interesting, like the history of the whole country.
The first client of the first Russian Bank
Up to 500 new clients per day
Sberbank Business Online system is launched.
Sberbank ranks among the Top 20 largest banks globally in terms of market capitalisation.
Sberbank becomes the Title Sponsor of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sberbank abolishes all fees previously charged for loan application review and loan issue.
Loan interest rates are lowered twice.