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    Russia Gold Producer Polimetall Rakes in First Profit in Three Years

    May 11 – Leading Russian gold and silver producer Polimetall has registered profits for the first time in three years, announcing a US$96 million net income in 2009. The company’s growth has been brought around by favorable gold prices. According the company’s press release, the company made US$96 million net income in 2009 compared to[…..]

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    Novosibirsk Mortgage Credit on a ‘Post-Crisis’ Mend

    May 10 – Long term commercial mortgage credit issuing grew two times faster on average in the Novosibirsk region than in the rest Russian Federation, reports the Central Bank. Over 40,400 commercial mortgages were issued in Russia between January and March 2010 amounting to a sum total of 48.95 billion rubles. Compared with the same[…..]

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    Twitter Attracts Russian Government Agencies

    May 5 – The Federal Financial Markets Service (FFMS) has started publishing its news on the microblogging service Twitter. “We registered an FFMS account and the first news about Instruction of Derivative Financial Tools has been published,” said FFMS chief Vladimir Milovidov yesterday. The Federal Financial Markets Service is the second Twitter-established Russian government service[…..]

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    Russia’s Economic Recovery Prompts Salary Renewal and New Jobs

    Apr. 28 – St. Petersburg’s private sector is showing some signs of recovery from the Global Economic Crisis. Companies have gradually started to renew revision of salaries with the average increase estimated at 10 percent, reports the Vedomosti newspaper. This month a British-American tobacco giant in St. Petersburg factory raised the salaries of 95 percent[…..]

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    Russia Returns to the International Bond Market

    Apr. 27 – After eight days spent on a road show in Asia, Europe and the United States, Russia has returned to the international bond market when it placed two tranches of sovereign Eurobonds of US$5.5 billion, from an expected 7 billion. It sold US$2 billion in five year bonds with 3.74 percent and US$3.5[…..]

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    Russian Firms Race Ahead to Raise IPOs

    Apr. 21 – Four firms from Russia and Ukraine pressed ahead with share offerings to raise up to US$2 billion, with two lowering valuations following weak demand for a placement last week and a fall in share prices on Monday, Reuters reports. Dozens of Russian companies plan initial public offerings this year, seeking to replenish[…..]

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    Russian VimpelCom Announces Ukraine Merger and 3G Network Launch

    Apr. 16 – Russian VimpelCom will finalize its amalgamation with Kiev-based ZAO Kyivstar GSM provider of wireless telecommunications services within a week, said the company’s executive vice president Martin Furuset. The stock-swap transaction is valued at US $5.516 billion. “The merger has yet to go through. It will be decided in about a week or[…..]

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    Russia’s E-Government Project Reaches its First Stage

    Apr. 9 – As a part of the Federal e-government project, a state e-mail service will start its trial period this week in Russia. The service will allow citizens to communicate with officials and have access to public services via the Internet by the end of 2010, as announced by the Russian CNews. The e-mail[…..]

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    Retail Giant Auchan to Declare 2009 Turnover in a Court Ruling

    Mar. 30 – French retail giant Auchan, which has never publicized its financial indicators in Russia, has now been compelled to do so in a judicial dispute with tax inspectors. The operational company of the hypermarket network Auchan, is trying to challenge the decision of the Moscow branch of The Russian Federal Tax Service (FTS)[…..]

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    Russia Needs Modernization as Well as a Welcoming Business Climate

    Mar. 29 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia’s 10th annual Investment Conference held last week examined current trends and their likely impact on the business environment in the country. The theme of the 2010 conference was “A Post-Crisis Russia: Modernization is the Way Forward.” AmCham representatives said Russia still needed to deal with[…..]

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