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    Foreign Investors Asked to Contribute ‘Smart Investments’ in Exchange for ‘Interesting’ Stakes

    Oct. 19 – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised foreign investors on Monday that the government was ready to privatize “interesting” stakes in state-run companies but asked that they contribute “smart investments” of technology and know-how to improve the Russian economy. “Russia needs direct, private foreign investment. Not just capital, but also so-called ‘smart investments,’ or[…..]

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    Visa to Increase Investment in Russian Market

    Oct. 13 – Visa, the world’s leading electronic payments network, is considering Russia as one of its priority markets that is crucial for the company’s growth, Steven Parker, Visa’s chief executive for Russia, said Tuesday. “Visa will invest into expanding acceptance in Russia, including in electronic commerce, and will further develop the electronic payments technology[…..]

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    Gazprom to Boost Asian Market Supply

    Oct. 12 – Russian gas monopoly Gazprom may build plants to liquefy and compress natural gas on Russia’s Pacific Coast, Primorye Regional Governor Sergei Darkin said on Friday. The project will energize development in Russia’s Far East, boosting regional economies and allowing the region to compete with Middle East producers to supply Asian markets.

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    Alrosa to Hold an IPO Next Year

    Oct. 6 – Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond-mining company, may hold an initial public offering next year that could value the company at between US$7.3 billion to US$9 billion, Vedomosti reports, citing an unidentified company official. The company may only conduct an IPO after it is converted from a closed joint stock company into an[…..]

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    Russia’s Gold Miners Want More Foreign Investors

    Oct. 1 – Gold miners asked the Russian government to raise its threshold for strategic gold deposits to boost national reserves and production mining, executives said Thursday at the sixth Russia-CIS Mining and Exploration Forum 2010. Fields with more than 50 metric tons of gold are considered strategic, requiring extra government approvals. The government should[…..]

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    Russia’s S7 Airlines to Join Oneworld Alliance

    Sept. 28 – Siberia S7, Russia’s leading domestic airline, will join Oneworld, one of the leading global airline alliances, starting November 15. British Airways, which recommended S7 for introduction into the alliance, has been supporting Siberia through its 18-month alliance implementation project as its Oneworld sponsor airline, with working groups covering some 35 streams of[…..]

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    Rosneft and CNPC to Build US$5 Billion Oil Refinery in Tianjin City

    Sept. 23 – OAO Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, and China National Petroleum Corp. will invest around US$5 billion in a joint oil refinery in the Chinese port city of Tianjin. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who is also Rosneft’s board chairman, joined Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the future refinery town of[…..]

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    Turkey’s Atlasjet to Enter Russian Aviation Market

    Sept. 20 – Istanbul-based Atlasjet, an unlisted discount Turkish airline, said it was investing US$110 million to form an airport and airline venture together with the Omsk regional authorities and NPO Mostovik, a Russian builder. Flights will start in May 2011 and the Omsk-Fedorovka International Airport is set to be open in 2013, Atlasjet said[…..]

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    Government Plans US$50 Billion Asset Sale

    Sept. 17 – The Russian cabinet has expanded the list of state assets to go private. The government plans to earn US$50 billion from privatization sales over the next five years and will overrule objections from state managers over the sale of their firms, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said to Reuters on Wednesday. “We will[…..]

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    X5 Retail Group to Refinance with New International Group Loan

    Sept. 16 – X5 Retail Group N.V., Russia’s largest retailer in terms of sales, announced it has signed a new US$800 million group loan to refinance its existing US$1.1 billion syndicate facility; due to mature by the end of the year. The remaining US$300 million will be refinanced through other existing facilities, including the forward[…..]

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