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Feb 26, 2012

Thousands of Russians hold hands against Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of Russians joined hands to form a ring around Moscow city centre on Sunday in protest against Vladimir Putin’s likely return as president in an election next week.

Many of the protesters who stood in a long line around the 16-km (10-mile) Moscow Garden Ring Road, despite gently falling snow, wore the white ribbons that symbolize the biggest opposition protests since Putin rose to power 12 years ago.

Feb 13, 2012

Barrick to sell out of Russia’s Highland Gold

LONDON/MOSCOW, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Canada’s Barrick
Gold, the world’s largest gold producer, plans to sell
its 20.4 percent stake in struggling Russian miner Highland Gold
, pulling out of one of the world’s most promising but
toughest gold frontiers.

Highland, backed by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, was
Barrick’s only Russian asset. The Canadian firm bought the stake
nearly 10 years ago for access to key projects that are still
only in development.

Feb 1, 2012

Goldman Sachs appoints new Moscow head-memo

MOSCOW Feb 1 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs’ Italian
investment banking chairman is to take over as head of the
bank’s Moscow office, replacing the bank’s two co-heads,
according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Paolo Zannoni is to succeed Chris Barter, an American, and
Frenchman Jean Raby, who were co-heads of the business in Russia
and the Commonwealth of Independent States, a group of ex-Soviet

Jan 30, 2012

Bourse deal kicks off Russian push for foreign cash

MOSCOW Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russia’s newest state fund
made its first investment on Monday, buying a stake in Moscow’s
MICEX-RTS bourse to boost its IPO hopes and compete with big
international centres like London for Russian company listings.

The $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which
is government funded but run by private equity specialist Kirill
Dmitriev, is investing together with the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development. The pair is buying a total stake
of 7.54 percent.

Jan 18, 2012

Ruspetro raises $250 mln in London IPO – sources

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Russian oil explorer
Ruspetro will bank around $250 million from its London listing,
two sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday,
defying choppy market conditions that have put paid to any
sizeable flotations in Europe since the summer.

Deepening concern over the euro zone in the past six months
has sent investors running for cover and forced most companies
to put on ice their plans for initial public offerings (IPOs) –
considered the riskier end of the share sale spectrum.

Jan 16, 2012

Ruspetro nudges forward with London IPO -source

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Ruspetro, an oil explorer
with Russian assets, could price a delayed $300 million London
initial public offering (IPO) this week, a source familiar with
the situation said on Monday.

The deal would be the first London main market float of
2012, against a backdrop of turbulent market conditions that has
forced others to postpone similar plans.

Jan 12, 2012

Russia’s banks overcharging small businesses-Medvedev

GORKI, Russia Jan 12 (Reuters) – Russia’s president
Dmitry Medvedev criticised state banks on Thursday for imposing
high interest rates on loans for small and medium businesses,
and stressed the importance of supporting fledgling firms.

Russia has been trying to boost small businesses as it tries
to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil and gas revenues.
Critics have said small businesses are the most prone to the
country’s red tape and corruption.

Dec 29, 2011

VTB Bank buys iron ore stake

MOSCOW, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Russia’s second-largest
lender VTB has bought a 20 percent stake in
Metalloinvest, the country’s largest iron ore miner part-owned
by Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia’s richest men.

The deal is valued at about $2.5 billion, according to a
press release issued by law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, which said it
advised on the deal. That would imply a value for Metalloinvest
of about $12.5 billion.

Dec 16, 2011

Analysis: Russian firms eye M&A from London launchpad

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian companies moving to London are expected to start making use of their new-found acquisition currency as they seek a higher international profile — or a route to cash out — after their stock market listings.

The wave of recent arrivals were geared towards boosting share liquidity and protecting ownership rights. But gaining a premium London listing also opens up the possibility of large deals, giving a liquid currency to buy assets.

Dec 16, 2011

Russian firms eye M&A from London launchpad

MOSCOW, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Russian companies moving to
London are expected to start making use of their new-found
acquisition currency as they seek a higher international profile

– or a route to cash out — after their stock market listings.
– or a route to cash out — after their stock market listings.