Le notizie Russe
The American cookie king developing a monopoly in Moscow’s cafes
American entrepreneur Karl Swanson is defying the economic downturn and food sanctions over Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian conflict by rapidly growing his cookie business in conjunction with Moscow’s leading coffee shops.
Ford to assemble trucks in Russia
The Avtotor plant in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is about to begin assembling Ford trucks. The vehicles will be adapted specifically for the Russian market and comply with European safety standards.
Virgin Atlantic considers expanding to Moscow - Branson
Virgin Atlantic wants to take over the London-Moscow route from EasyJet, according to founder Richard Branson in an interview with the Sputnik news agency.
Russia, Japan work on creating ‘green corridor’ to boost trade – ministry
Moscow and Tokyo resumed talks aimed at easing customs procedures, as the two countries look for greater economic cooperation, Russia's Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Stanislav Voskresensky has said.
Brazil wants to export more meat to Russia
Brazilian companies want to increase supplies of agricultural products to the Russian market, says Russian food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. However, quality will be the deciding factor according to the agency.
Russian 'Google-killer' Yandex expands to China
Russia's most popular search engine Yandex has opened a sales office in Shanghai due to a significant increase in turnover with Chinese advertisers. Yandex plans to help Chinese companies expand into Russia.
German Food Retailer Leases Giant Plot in Moscow Region
Major German retailer Globus Group, which owns the Globus hypermarket chain in Russia, has leased a 45,000-square-meter plot at an industrial park in the Moscow region.
U.S.-Russian Paper Startup Sees Massive Success Despite Political Tensions
One of the largest office supply retailers in the United States has offered a group of young Russian and American entrepreneurs an exclusive distribution deal for a new sticky note developed by the team after raising almost $250,000 on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
Grünes Bauen ist ein zartes Pflänzchen in Russland
Finanzierung in Rezessionszeiten schwierig / Lichtblick durch Fußball WM / Von Ullrich Umann
EuroСhem will build 5 plants in Russia, the US and Kazakhstan
EuroСhem has signed a memorandum with Maire Tecnimont and SACE on building of plants for production of ammonium-urea fertilizers in Russia, the US and Kazakhstan. It was stated in press release of the Russian company, received by the editorial office of Lenta.ru.
The WNA has called Russia a leader in the development of nuclear power technologies of the future
Russia has become a world leader in development of nuclear power technologies of the future. This conclusion is contained in research of the World Nuclear Associations' (WNA) experts, who investigated trends in this field.
Ministry of Economic Development of Russia has prepared a set of proposals for food embargo in respect of Greece
Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev stated that a discussion about food embargo will be held with the  Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras.
The Trade Representative: Iran is intending to increase export of agriculture products to Russia
According to the Russian Trade Representative in Iran, Andrey Luganskiy, Iran intends to open a transit corridor through the Caspian region and supply "fish, shrimp, chicken, vegetables and fruits, including apples, to all Russian food retail chains".
L'Etoile has reduced prices on mass-market products by 25-60%
L'Etoile, the biggest perfume and cosmetics store chain, has reduced prices for mass-market products by 25-60% since April, 2015, planning to increase the number of buyers – said Tatiana Volodina, General director of the chain.
Toyota will hire 800 new employees for the factory in Saint Petersburg
According to Yoshinori Matsunaga, the Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota has confirmed the plan to expand its staff by 800 people for the Saint Petersburg plant in 2016, TASS reported.
Poles began to purchase more Russian products
According to Metro newspaper, which refers to the information of the Polish Ministry of agriculture and rural development, Polish residents started buying more Russian products due to ruble devaluation.
Bulgari will open its first own shop in Russia in 2015
Russia is the one of the most important markets for Bulgari, together with Mexico, this year – Jean-Christophe Babin claimed
French business will investing several billion dollars in the Russian economy
The President of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce Emmanuel Quidet said that total foreign investments in the Russian economy amounted to 20 billion dollars in 2014. "French business densely entrenched in Russia, we continue investing in the Russian economy," – he said
Leaders of the Russian Federation and Italy have discussed the Ukrainian crisis
The President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Italy paid attention not only to economy, but also to the Ukrainian crisis during the meeting – Italy is ready to share experience in decentralization, if it will be necessary. Also it was decided to establish a joint investment fund of one billion dollars
Medvedev and Renzi have expressed hope for the development of Russia-Italy relations
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, and Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, have stated together that Russia-Italy relations will be developed, in spite of the EU-Russia complicated relations
Russia and Europe have renewed the economic dialogue
In particular, the discussion will focus on improvement of trade relations in general, including the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union
Bayer has increased sales by 17%
The German chemical-pharmaceutical concern Bayer AG increased its sales in Russia
The German agricultural machinery manufacturer will open a new factory in Russia
According to Ralph Bendish, General director of Claas, opening of the factory in Krasnodar is planned in late October 2015. This investment worth of 120 millions euro are very large for the company
Greek and Russian manufacturers of pharmaceuticals will cooperate
The Association of Russian Pharmaceutical Producers and the Pan-Hellenic Union of Pharmaceutical (PEF) signed a framework agreement
ProdExpo-2015 showed the rich potential of the market of Russia
Over 1200 Russian food and food-processing companies showed their achievements at the largest trade show in Russia and Eastern Europe — International Exhibition for Food
McDonald's plans to invest in Russia 6 billion rubles in 2015
McDonald's Corporation plans to invest in Russia 6 billion rubles in the current year, i.e. the same as in 2014
Greece has decided to resume importation of AvtoVAZ production
Greek entrepreneurs are discussing with "AvtoVAZ" the resumption of supplies of Lada cars.
Start of the construction of Lifan plant in Lipetsk has been disclosed
Construction of the plant of the Chinese Motor Company will begin in the special economic zone in spring 2015
China to Build $242 Billion Railway to Russia
China plans to build a 7,000 kilometer high-speed rail line from Moscow to Beijing
Finnish Fazer confirmed its intention to remain in Russia
The Finnish group of companies Fazer, specializing in the production of food products, intends to continue to invest in its factories in Russia.
This New Year and Christmas Moscow streets turn into scenic and music grounds
New Year disco night and Christmas festivities will open to Moscow a new format for street party - bright performances turn the urban space in big scenic and music grounds.
The Swedish Volvo opened a factory worth 90 million Euro in the Kaluga region
A new Volvo plant with an investment of around 90 million Euro started working in the Kaluga region.
"Zvezda" will begin to build ships for oil and gas companies of Russia in 2016
Shipbuilding Complex "Zvezda" will be one of the largest in the Russia's Far East. The shipbuilding complex is being built on the basis of the Far Eastern Plant "Zvezda", it will start the production of ships for Russian oil and gas companies in 2016-2017
Bertsch intends to launch a cheese-production in the Urals in 2016
To 2016 the Austrian company Bertsch plans to start a production of cheese on a base of Irbitsky milk factory.
Aeroflot took the first place in the ranking of LATA
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a new rating Airs @ t-Intra Europe, covering the summer semester of 2014 - the period from 1 April to 30 September. Analysts of the Association called "Aeroflot" a leader of the rating.
RZD has prevented an increase of investment program to 410 billion dollars
RZD plans to increase the volume of investment by 4% to earlier planned – up to 410 billion dollars.
"Chokoladnica" has bought "Coffee House"
The chain of coffee shop “Chokoladnica” has completed the acquisition of its main business rival “Coffee House”, belonging to Timur Khairutdinov.
Industrial production in Russia increased by 1.5 percent
Industrial production in Russia increased in January-September 2014 by 1.5 percent compare to the same period in 2013.
Kommersant predicted a change of the leader in the Russian pharmacy market
Owners of the chain Doctor Stoletov negotiate about the purchase of A5 Group, and A.v.e Group that is in the process of merging with 36.6 interested in acquiring of the Russian business of Finish Oriola-KD – chain of pharmacies Stariy lekar, 03 and pharmdistributor Oriola.
Pirelli will increase investments to Russia regardless of the sanctions
The Italian company Pirelli plans to increase the investments in Russia regardless of the sanctions.
Russia has decided to ban old trucks and buses
Ministry of Industry and Trade has prepared the amendments to the law “On the Road Safety” which provide operating limits of cars.
Russia will supply Superjet to Laos and Indonesia
Russia has dealt with Laos on the delivery of three airplanes Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100). Indonesia will gain other ten.
Ericsson will build for MTS the nets for 1.5 billion dollars
Mobile operator MTS and Swedish company Ericsson signed an addendum to the existing contract on the expansion and modernization of communication networks of the operator.
VTB Capital will purchase Roberto Cavalli for half a billion Euros
The Russia investment company VTB Capital plans to buy a 60% share of the Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli.
Analytics predicted a growth of GDO of Russia despite of the expansion of sanction
The expansion of EU and US sanctions as well as the tightening of monetary policy by the Central Bank did not change the prospects for economic growth in Russia in 2014.
Ministry of Industry and Trade has refused to ban government purchases of foreign medical equipment
Minpromtorg has reconsidered the draft of the decree about the ban of foreign medical equipment for the government purchases.
Putin signed a law on the establishment of a gambling zone in the Crimea
The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on the establishment of gambling zones in Crimea and Kuban. The document was published on the official website of legal information. The law was approved by the Council of Federation on 9 July and Duma – on 4 July.
The Russian agricultural holding will store up hide for Audi and Mercedes
One of the biggest manufacturers of meet in Russia the agricultural holding Miratorg plans to build a plant for the processing of cattle hides to 2015 and start to sell it for a Danish company that produces leather cabins for BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
Foreign investors will be permitted to special contracts in Russia

Foreign investors will have equal conditions with Russian ones in gaining special investment contracts in localization of production in Russia.

Visa and MasterCard were enabled to work without contributions

Rates of contributions for the international payment systems Visa and MasterCard will be reset if they find the Russian partners.

Austria expressed its support for the South Stream

Austria insists on the construction of the South Stream pipeline despite the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine.

Anniversary exhibition “Metalloobrabotka-2014” is being held in Expocentre

The largest international exhibition of the industry “Metalloobrabotka-2014” opened in Expocentre on Krasnaya Presnya.

Lipetsk farmers will receive grants to develop their lands

Certificates for grants will be awarded to 30 budding farmers and 8 owners of family livestock farms in Lipetsk Region at the solemn event which will be held on Wednesday and will be dedicated to the All-Russian Farmer Day, was reported to RIA-Novosti by representative of the press service of the regional administration.

The Russian Federation and Bangladesh signed a contract for preparation for the nuclear power plant construction

Russia and Bangladesh signed the third main contract of the preparatory period for the construction of the first Bangladesh nuclear power plant “Ruppur”, the Head of Rosatom, Sergey Kirienko, reported.

Simferopol Airport will be open for international flights

Simferopol Airport will be opened for international flights. This order was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The Russian Federation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea decided to develop railway communications with South Korea

On Thursday, Russia and North Korea agreed about realization of tripartite projects with participation of South Korea. This will let to normalize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia and China will create a joint rating agency

Russia and China agreed to create a rating agency for assessment of joint projects; afterwards, with an increase of authority and weight it will be able to provide services for other countries, the Minister of Financial of the Russian Federation, Anton Siluanov, said to journalists.

Vladimir Putin, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko signed Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana.

Vladimir Putin, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko signed Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana.

The Chinese will invest five billion dollars in the power grid of Siberia

Several Chinese banks may invest up to five billion dollars in the power grid complex of Siberian regions.

American pharmacists proposed to move production to Russia

American pharmaceutical holding company Baxter proposed to place its production in the territory of Russia.

Mr. Medvedev created the Agency of Credit Guarantees to help small enterprises

The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, signed a decree on the establishment of a joint stock company “The Non-Banking deposit and credit organization The Agency of Credit Guarantees”.

UK chain of department stores “House of Fraser” will be opened in Russia

Following Debenhams, the third largest UK department stores “House of Fraser” is planning to enter the Russian market.

3 billion rubles will be invested in development of Crimea in 6 years

Expenses for the federal target programme (FTP) for development of Crimea and Sevastopol will amount from 800 billion to 1 trillion rubles.

Qiwi and MGU business incubator have jointed an accelerator for IT start-up

The Russian company Qiwi and MGU business incubator have created an accelerator Qiwi Universe with aim to design and develop innovative projects in the field of IT in early stages.

A giant oil deposit was found near Astrakhan

A new mega big crude oil deposit was explored in Russia.

Sberbank has allocated 600 million Euro to the largest Croatian company

Sberbank has signed a contract with the biggest Croatian company Agokor on the syndicated loan of 600 million Euro according to a press release of the bank.

Yakutia wealth will enable to achieve the level of economic development of the UAE

Natural recourses of Yakutia will help to achieve the same economic upturn as occurs in the United Arab Emirates, said the President of the Republic Egor Borisov.

Russia became a leader in capital inflow among emerging markets

Funds oriented toward Russia raised 120 million dollars for a week till 2 April and it was the first place among the funds working with emerging markets. It was stated by Reuters referring to the report of EPFR Global.

Lukoil starts oil production at West Qurna-2 in Iraq

The largest Russian oil company “Lukoil” starts the extraction in one of the world's largest oil fields, West Qurna-2 in Iraq.

Russian companies have made foreign bargains for 181 billion dollars

The sum of the deals committed by the Russian companies for two years amounts 181 billion dollars. It was reported by Bloomberg.

Tatarstan has taken the second place in the ranking of innovative development of Russian regions

March 13, 2014 the Higher School of Economics presented a second edition of the ranking of innovation development of Russian regions. Moscow remains the main innovation leader of Russia, and Tatarstan has taken the second place removing this time Saint Petersburg.

A meatprocessing complex opened near Voronezh

A meatprocessing complex attracted over 10 billion rubles investment began working in Voronezh region, the Regional Government reported.

Incomes of the Muscovites increased by 7 percent in 2013

In 2013, the growth of incomes of Moscow population amounts to 7 percent, reported the Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, at the meeting of the City Government on Tuesday.

Volkswagen invested 80 million Euro in a new workshop for the production of Skoda Rapid in Kaluga

Volkswagen Group Rus has completed the work on the construction of a new body car workshop on the territory of its factory in Kaluga. It was reported to ITAR-TASS by the press service of the company.

IKEA plans to invest in Russia 2 billion Euro until 2020

The group of companies IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, plans to invest 2 billion Euro in the development of its production and supply chain in Russia until 2020, the Director of Retail Network in Russia, Walter Kadnar, reported to the journalist.

Renova is ready to build a terminal in the Krasnoyarsk airport

12 billion rubles are planned on spend to modernization of the main Krasnoyarsk airport.

Russian e-commerce market is expected to grow 4 times

By 2018 online sales in Russia will increase to 12 percent of all retail sales. February 25 it was reported by ITAR-TASS with reference to the partner of the consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Martijn Peeters. For comparison in the early 2014 the Internet trade amounts to 3 percent of retail trade.

The Central Bank estimated a contribution of the Olympic Games to economy of Russia

The Bank of Russia forecasts that positive contribution of the Olympic Games in the Russian economy will amount 0.3 percentage points of the GDP. It was said in the Regulator’s report on the monetary policy.

Economic Forum in Sochi will hold in a skating center

This September the Economic Forum Sochi will be held on the base of the covered skating center. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak, RIA Novosti reported.

Officials prepared a project of cancellation of roaming in the Common Economic Space

The Eurasian economic committee prepared a norm on the cancellation of roaming in the territory of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan included in the Common Economic Space (CES). It was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Director of Competitive Politics Department CES, Boris Parcegov.

DHL resumed delivery parcels to Russia

This statement was made the day after meeting with representatives of Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia.

The Government will establish a fund to assistance to small business

The Federal guarantee fund for assistance to small business will be established in Russia. It was reported in the Government regulation published on 22nd January. The document is available on the unified portal of information disclosure.

Customs of Sheremetyevo denied restriction of online trading

Sheremetyevo Airport Customs denied the information about change of the order of clearance, of goods delivered from foreign online stores. That was reported by RIA Novosti. This was declared by Federal Customs Service.

In 2013, the volume of oil extraction in Russia was record since 1990s

The forecast of social and economic development of the country assumed that the volume of oil extraction would be 505-510 million tons. In practice it amounted to 523.2 million.

Harvest in Russia grew by almost a third for the year

This year gross harvest of the grain in Russia amouted 91.329 million exceeding last year indication of 70.908 million tons by 28.8 percent. It is reported by the analytical company “ProZerno” with reference to the preliminary data of Rosstat. This information has not been published yet on the site.

Export of Russian software reached 5 billion dollars

Export of software and software tools made in Russia increased by 15 percent and amounted to 5.2 billion dollars. This was reported in the press release of NP “Russoft”. Compared with previous years, the rates of growth became slower (in 2010-2011 it was 20 percent, in 2012 – 17 percent).

A New Moscow airport will be built by Lithuanians

The winner of the tender on the construction of an International Airport based on the aerodrome “Ramenskoye” in Zhukovsky became a Lithuanian company Avia Solutions Group. This was reported in the press release of TVK Russia (a subsidiary company of Rostech, the owner of the aerodrome).

Experts predict a deficit of diamonds

In 2018, there will be a deficit of diamonds in the world, because natural resources of diamonds are rapidly depleted.

Tax consultants will accompany opening and closing of legal entities

The project of a law on normative regulation of tax consultation was discussed by the participants of the Assembly of Tax Consultants which passed in St. Petersburg, 18th–20th of September.

Gennady Onishchenko will hold negotiations for supplies of Moldovan wine

Russia's chief sanitary doctor, Gennady Onishchenko, will hold negotiations with Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, Vasily Bumakov.

The Ministry of Transport will help to save money to air passengers

In 2014 passengers who prefer to fly without luggage will be allowed to avoid paying for it.

Yandex.Money: now in the United States

Electronic payment system “Yandex.Money” allowed clients to effect payments in the USA and other 22 countries.

MAKS-2013 sums up

MAKS 2013 Eleventh International Aviation and Space Salon held from August 27 to September 1, 2013, has become the largest event in the history of aviation salons in Zhukovsky, Moscow region.

The exhibition Automechanika Moscow in August will host more than 1600 companies

The event will host 1600 companies from 46 countries which will place their stands on the total area of 51 thousand square meters. The wide product assortment by leading international manufacturers will be presented on the 17th international exhibition of automotive parts, equipment for technical service of cars Automechanika Moscow powered by MIMS 2012, which will take place from 26 to 29 of August in the Moscow Fairgrounds “Expocenter”.

ALROSA has increased its diamond mining by 5% in the first half of 2013

The increase in mining is related to the achievement of project power capacity of 500 thousand tons of ore from the underground deposit “Ayhal”, an acquisition of JSC “Nizhne-Lenskoye” and increase in containment of diamonds in the pipe “Yubileynaya”, the company specifies.

A chain of Metro Cash & Carry stores is planned to be opened in the Primorye region

Mr. Miklushevsky has offered to establish a working group led by the first vice governor Alexander Kostenko, which will include representatives of the administration of the Primorsky Krai and management of Metro Cash & Carry.

Starbucks will open coffee houses in Sochi, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar

The American Starbucks that owns the biggest chain of coffee houses plans to expand to the south of Russia, reported in the message of the company. First coffee houses in the region will be opened in Sochi, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar within 12 months.

The Kirov factory “Molot” has signed a contract of weapon supplies to Sweden

Viatka and Polianka engineering manufacture “Molot (producer of firearms and hunting weapons, a part of the state corporation “Rosteh”) has signed a contract with the company Bear Arms on supplies of its products to Sweden, the manufacturer reports.

Novolipetsk Steel has officially launched a fitting factory near Kaluga

JSC “Novolipetsk steel” has officially launched an electrometallurgical factory NLMK-Kaluga with over 38 billion rubles investments.

RTI has gone up by 7 positions in the Global Defense News Top 100

The holding JSC “RTI” is the biggest Russian developer and producer of high technology products and infrastructure solutions which by the end of 2012 has again entered the list of 100 biggest defense companies of the world according to Defense News magazine, having gone up from the 87th up to 80th places, as stated in the holding's message.

Launching of Mecedes assembly on GAZ factories will create 1.7 thousand working places

This Monday saw a ceremonial launch of production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Until the end of 2013, the factory plans to assemble 5 thousand of these cars. The amount of investments into organization of car assembly made up at least 190 million Euro.

Russia prepares the process of lowering tariffs for chemical products for the WTO

”As a part of activity of the Russian Association of Fertilizers Producers, we are preparing necessary circulations. The first testing step will be removing tariffs for ammonium nitrate. We hope that in the near future this process will be launched,” - said the general director of “Fosagro” Maxim Volkov.

“Hevel” is going to develop solar energy in southern regions of Russia

The first big project of the company was finished in the Altai Republic, where the first Russian hybrid diesel and solar power plant with the power capacity being 100 kW (peak power of 140 kW) was opened in the remote village of Ayliu in the Altai Reservation. In the same place, a new agreement was signed about construction of another plant of this type in a remote village of Yazula of the Ulagansky District which is getting finished until the end of the year. The company’s representative told RIA Novosti about which other regions the company is going to develop alternative energy in.

Russia has become a leader in subsidizing of cheap fuels

Russia has taken the third place in the world in subsidizing of low prices for fuels. This is what the newspaper “Vedomosti” reports in its issue from April 26 with a reference to the report by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development which conducted a corresponding research. The document is not published on the organization's website.

”Gazprom” will buy a state company from Kamchatka by installment for 23 years

The board of directors of “Gazprom” approved a purchase of 92.25% of “Kamchatgazpom” from “Rosneftegaz” (belongs to the state) for 2.85 billion rubles. It's reported in the press-release of the monopoly.

Moscow has become one of the top three cities with biggest budgets

The Russian capital in all budget indexes of 2012 was only behind New-York and Shanghai. This is reported on the portal “Open budget of Moscow”.

Uzbekistan has paid off its debts to Russian flight companies

Uzbekistan has paid off its debts to Russian flight companies for 29 million dollars. It is reported by the newspaper “Novy Vek” with a reference to an unknown source in the Central bank of the republic and the first vice general director of the flight company “Uzbekiston havo yollari” Egambergen Palvanov.

Serial production of “Yo-Mobil” cars will begin in the second half of 2014
<p>Serial production of “Yo-Mobil” with hybrid engines will begin in the second half of 2014, reported the head of the group “Oneksim” Mihail Prohorov to journalists. According to him, the project of “Yo-Mobil” is not that simple. </p>
The biggest budget flight company of Eastern Europe wants to be in Russia

The budget flight company Wizz Air, the biggest one in Eastern Europe, has decided to establish a subsidiary in Russia, as reported by the newspaper “RBK Daily” with a reference to the company presentation. The document is directed to head offices of airports which the flight company wants to agree on basing in.

Georgian honey will be the first product to return to Russia

The first Georgian product to return to the Russian market after removing the ban removal will be honey, says “Georgia Online”. As the head of the National Agency for Production of Georgia Zurab Chekurishvili stated, supplies will begin right after holidays of the May.

The Sberbank will open an office in Baikonur

The Sberbank is planning to open an office in the spaceport area by the end of 2013 – the beginning of 2014. It was stated by the vice president of the biggest Russian credit organization Vladimir Yashin, as reported by RIA Novosti.

The government approved the estimate of Russia's development until 2013

The government approved the estimate of Russia's development until 2013, which was prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development. As reported by the RIA Novosti, the prime minister Dmitry Medvedev made a statement about it.

Russians will buy a share in the Greek tobacco company

”Donskoy Tabak”, one of the biggest Russian tobacco companies, will buy 34.18% of shares from the union of Greek tobacco producers (SEKE). It is reported by the local issue of Gazzetta.gr. The amount of the deal is not stated. According to Greek medias, the deal is already approved by the board of directors of the union.

”Rosneft” signed an agreement with ExxonMobil about co-operation in the Mexican Gulf

”Rosneft” signed an agreement with ExxonMobil about cooperative geologic explorations in the Mexican Gulf. As RIA Novosti stated on Thursday night of 7th March, it was reported by the president of the Russian company Igor Sechin.

Russian retailers opened a record number of stores

130 biggest Russian foodstuffs retailers had opened 4059 new stores of all formats in 2012, that exceeded the results of the pre-crisis year 2008 and has become a new record. The newspaper Vedomostri from February 28 writes about it with a reference to the data by Infoline, which receives its information from retailers themselves.

Timchenko and Rotenberg are the biggest road builders in Moscow

Four biggest companies received two thirds of all orders for road construction in Moscow in 2011-2012, as reported in Vedomostri for February 25 with a reference to its own calculations. Among the leaders of road building in the capital are ARKS of the Guvnor co-owner Gennadiy Timchenko, “Mostotrest” of Arcady Rotenberg, and also NPO “Kosmos' and “Ingeokom”.

First time ever: Russian billionaire joins Gates – Buffett charity programme
Vladimir Potanin of Interros holding has joined Gates- Buffett’s The Giving Pledge charity programme, states the foundation’s official press release. In the foundation’s context, men of substance are obliged to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
G8 Summit to be held in Sochi

G8 2014 summit will be held in S0chi – this was the President Putin’s final resolution, published on the official Kremlin page. Earlier, this event was reported to be taking place at Skolkovo innovated city, in Podmoskovye.

Russian Post to sell Italian shoes

A new online resource for selling fashion items along with shoes and car accessories will be launched by Russian Post and Poste Italiane, its Italian analogue, reports the Kommersant, citing Marina Goncharova, the Russian Post’s head executive.

Russia outruns Germany in the budget transparency rating

Russia has risen in the ranking of transparent budgets from 21 to tenth place in 2012, as states the IBP release.

Russia’s biggest retailer becomes Sochi-2014 partner

X5 Retail Group, the biggest Russian retailer and owner of Pyaterochka, Perekryostok and Carousel will be the official partner of Sochi-2014 Olympic Games, reports the Vedomosti on 22 January, referring to anonymous X5 and Olympic committee representatives.

By 2050 Russia will be the 6th in world GDP rating
<p>The 'World in 2050' report by PricewaterhouseСoopers (PwC) states that Russia will take up the sixth place in GDP volume rating, tying with Japan head to head.</p>
Russia climbs five places up in the economic freedom rating

Russia climbed five places up in the ranking of economic freedom, compiled annually by experts of Heritage Foundation (Heritage Foundation) in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal. In a year’s time Russia changed its 144 place to 139, remaining among ‘mainly constrained’ countries.

IDS Borjomi to be bought by Russians

IDS Borjomi controlling stake is to be repurchased by the Mikhail Friedman’s Alpha-Group related enterprise by the end of 2012, reports the Kommersant referring to anonymous sources.

Renault Nissan finally holds control over AutoVaz
Renault Nissan and Rostekhnologii Corporation have signed the mutual controlling agreement on AutoVaz , according to which Renault is to invest 23 mlrd rubles in the Russian production, RIA Novosti reports.
A new cinematic chain launched by Alpha Group in Russia
Formula Kino and Cronwerk Cinema have been merged by A1, an investment unit of Alpha Group. The newly created chain, with its 237 Russian and 17 Ukrainian halls will be the second largest in the current market not only in quantity, but also in box office sales, which now comprises 9,4% of the total Russian sales, as states the company’s official release.
Tiffany will purchase Russian diamonds for billion dollars annually

Jewelry company Tiffany and the largest Russian diamonds producing company Alrosa have agreed on supplements for 60 million dollars (over 1,8 billion rubles) annually. It was reported by the newspaper Kommersant, referred to the sources close to the process negotiations.

The rating of the most successful young Russian businessmen has been formed
The rating of the most successful young Russian entrepreneurs, formed by the web-site Hopes&Fears, has been lead by the shops network Svyaznoi founder Maxim Nogotkov. His fortune has been estimated by the web portal as around 1,5 billion dollars.
IzhAuto will double the production
Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant, owned by “AutoVAZ”, can increase an annual production up to 80-90 thousand cars in 2013. This was reported on Monday 12, November by RIA Novosti, which referred to the Minister of Industry and Energy in Udmurtia Oleg Radionov.
Russia and Cuba plan to establish joint airline
Russia and Cuba have launched negotiations on establishment of a joint airline. It was reported by Rossiiskaya Gazeta with the reference to the Duty Minister of Transport in Russian Federation Sergei Aristov. Besides that, there is a plan to build a large hub for indirect flights to South America.
Yandex has overtaken Mail.Ru Group in terms of outcome growth
The Yandex outcome for the third quarter of 2012 has risen by 41% in contrast to the same period in previous year and amounted to 7,3 billion rubles. It was reported in the official press-release of the company, received by “Lenta.ru”.
Rosneft agreed on total purchase of TNK-BP
Rosneft has announced the signing of the agreement with BP for purchasing 50% of TNK-BP shares. It was reported in the official press-release of the Russian company. Besides this, Rosneft agreed on acquisition of the second half of TNK-BP shares from Russian shareholders – consortium AAR (Alpha-Group, Access Industries and Renova).
Russian companies have significantly increased the gold and silver producing
The company Polymetal, which combines gold and silver mining assets in Russia and Kasakhstan, has significantly increased production volumes. According to the official Polymetal press-release, in first nine months in 2012 the gold mining volumes enlarged by 47% up to 452 thousand oz (14,1 tons), silver production enlarged by 52% up to 20,5 million oz (637,6 tons).
Results of the Business mission to Italy. Bilateral negotiations in Milan and Mestre.
Bilateral negotiations between Russian trading companies and Italian furniture producers were conducted from 3 to 5 December, 2012 in Milan and from 5 to 7 December, 2012 in Mestre. In the course of the event the acquaintance with opportunities of northern Italian regions in the furniture sector and consultations with bank UniCredit on long-term project financing were carried out. From the Italian party the representatives of more than 200 producing companies, the list of which was provided to Russian companies in advance, participated in the meetings.
Suggestion to assemble Chinese cars in Ulianovsk
Authorities of the Ulianovsk region plan to launch the production of the Chinese cars Lifan. According to the RBC Daily, referring to the source in the regional administration, among the possible assembling platform there are spare manufactories at the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ).
The Ekaterinburg airport was recognized as one of the best in the world
The Ekateringburg airport “Koltsovo” was recognized as one of the best in the world and received the World Routes Awards 2012. It was reported in the official press-release of Routes, one of ceremony organizers.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation agreed to sell the largest oilfields
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation offered to conduct auctions for three undistributed land oilfields – Spielmana, Imilorskoe and Lodochnoe. It was reported by Izvestia. Final stage of the oilfields exploration was concluded in last months.
RZD won in the contest for the subsidiary of Peugeot Citroen
French concern Peugeot Citroen has chosen RZD as a buyer of 75% share of its logistic subsidiary Gefco, as reported in the press release of Russian monopoly. RZD launched exclusive negotiations on the deal conclusion with Peugeot Citroen. JP Morgan and VTB Capital act as financial consultants for RZD.
The Central Bank has announced foreign banks entered Russia
In the nearest future several foreign banks will enter Russia. This forecast was presented by the Duty Chairman of the Central Bank Mikhail Sukhov, as reported by RIA Novosti.
The production of Toyota components will be launched in Leningrad region
The Toyota subsidiary plans to decide on the components production point in Leningrad region for its plant in Shushari. It was announced by the Leningrad region Vice-Governor Dmitrii Yalov on September, 4, as reported by RIA Novosti.
Mail.ru has purchased Mail.ua
Russian Internet holding Mail.ru Group has purchased e-mail service Mail.ua from Ukrainian company Internet Invest Group, as it was reported in newspaper “Vedomosti” on August, 31.
Moscow airports will be connected by railways
Moscow authorities plan to build transport thoroughfare between airports, based on Moscow ring railway. It was announced by the Deputy of Moscow Mayor Marat Khusnullin, as reported by Interfax. According to Khusnullin, the project research on thoroughfare construction has been launched.
The Russian automobile industry will be subsidized up to 2020
The government will annually allocate funds to support Russian automobile factories up to 2020. This was reported by “Interfax” with reference to the government’s decree.
A network of hydroelectric power stations will be built for “Resorts of the North Caucasus”
To provide energy to “Resorts of the North Caucasus” it is necessary to build a net of new power stations, the project cost is amounted about 23 billion rubles. This was reported by “RBC Daily”. It is still unknown where money can be found for construction of facilities.
Rostelekom plans to unite with Tele 2
“Rostelekom” aims to joint an alliance with Tele 2, the fourth mobile operator on the number of subscribers in Russia, reports “Kommersant”. The state-own company can transfer 100% share of “Sky Link” to Swedes in exchange for a share in “Tele 2 Russia. “Rostelekom” counts on the majority in this structure.
Russia will accede to the WTO in August
Russia will accede to the WTO ion August, 22 – this fact is profitable for Russia and its partners. This was announced by the official representative of The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexander Lukashevich.  
“Rosneft” has found a port for arctic projects
“Rosneft” bought a terminal for crude oil and petroleum products in Murmansk and this asset will be used in the Arctic projects of the company. According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the amount of the deal was 9000 million rubles.
Gasprom entered the 15 world’s biggest companies
Russian gas monopoly “Gasprom” took the 15th place in the traditional ranking of Fortune Global 500, in which all companies of the world are ranked by revenue for the previous year. Last year revenue of “Gasprom” amounted to over 157 billion dollars, according to this indicator, the monopoly takes place between the Swiss company Glencore and German E On. One year ago, Gasprom was in the Fortune Global 500 on the 35th place ranking.
The Japanese and Singaporeans will buy grain assets in Russia
The Japanese developer “Mitsui” will buy 10 percent share of the Russian agricultural group “Sodruzhestvo”. This was reported by a press-release of the Japanese company. It also noted that “Sodruzhestvo” and Mitsui reach the agreement about the strategic alliance in the field of export of grain.
Putin urged to allow small aircraft to fly over cities
The scheme of small aircraft flying over metropolitan areas need to be liberalized. This was stated by the Russian President Vladimir Putin performed on June,27 in the Council of Federations, RIA Novosti reported.
“Transaero” aims to establish a low-cost carrier
The second in the number of passengers in Russia the airline “Transaero” explore the possibility of establishing a low-cost carrier.Olga Pleshakova, the General Director of the airlines announced this to “RBC daily”. According to her, “Transaero” considers as low-costs flights from Moscow to The Central and South Russia, and to Saint-Petersburg.
The law project about cancelling airline tickets
The Ministry of transport of Russia prepared amendments to the Air Code, which allow airline carriers sell non-refundable tickets. The document was published on the web site of the Ministry of economic development. Beside these ministries, Rospotrebnadzor (Russian consumer inspection), operators of air market, Minzdrav (Ministry of healthcare) and Minsocrazvitia (Ministry of social development) were engaged in working on this law.
Bank of Russia set a record for trading volume on the stock exchange
In may, 2012 on the stock exchange the Bank of Russia conducted deals in total amount volume 7,4 trillion rubles, which is a record for the regulator since its start on the trade platforms. The Central Bank occupied about half of all actions on the MICEX-RTS, total volume of which was 15,56 trillion rubles. This was reported in the Stock exchange’s materials.
Facebook jointly with Russian banks will launch “PervyiLikenutiy”
The social networking Facebook jointly with Russian “Russkiy standart” and “Bank24.ru” banks will launch a new system of money transfers between users in Russia. This was reported by “RBK daily” with reference to source informed about negotiations between the companies.
Sberbank has outstripped MTS in the ranking of the most expensive brands
In the Top 100 most valuable global brands ranking were included two Russian companies – Sberbank and MTS, evidenced by statistics of the agency Millward Brown Optimor.
The Russian railways will start selling tickets on credit
The Federalnaya passazhirskaya companiya, a “daughter” of government monopoly the “Russian railways” (RZD), will start selling train tickets on credit. As “Interfax” informs with the link to data of RZD, the project will be implemented jointly with the “Vostochnyi express” bank.
Renault-Nissan have agreed to buy the majority share of stock of “AvtoVAZ”
On the 3rd of May the alliance of Renault-Nissan, “Rostechnology” and “Troika Dialog” signed the agreement to found a joint enterprise which will be the owner of 74,5% share of  “AvtoVAZ”. Renault-Nissan will get 67,13% of the joint company’ share.
“Transaero” and “S7” have been permitted to fly regularly to Italy
Airlines “Transaero” and “S7” (former “Sibir”) received a permission from “Rosaviatsia” (The Federal Air Transport Agency) to commence regular flights to Italy.
The third circle of the Moscow Metro will be built until 2020
The third transferring circle of the Moscow Metro is planed to be built to 2020. On the 25th of April Marat Khusnullin, the deputy mayor of urban and construction, stated these plans at the session of the city government.
Intel Corporation and Nizhniy Novgorod Technical University will organize joint innovation centers
Intel Corporation and Nizhniy Novgorod Technical University plan to create joint innovation centers. The director of the Intel’ branch in Nizhniy Novgorod Viktor Samofalov and the rector of Nizhniy Novgorod State Technical University Sergey Dmitriev have announced these plans today.
Russian Railways have been permitted to open duty free shops at railway stations
Russian Railways (RZD) has issued permission for opening duty free shops at railway stations. The corresponding order was signed by Russian Prime-minister Vladimir Putin on the 5th of April, as Interax reported.  
The British chain of department stores Debenhams enters the Russian market with a 3-year delay
One of the largest chains of department stores in Great Britain, Debenhams, returns to Russia and in September 2012 opens its first store in Moscow. As ShopandMall informs, the first Debenhams store will start working in “Mega Belaya Dacha” shopping mall.
Half of the Russian luxury market amounted alcohol
About 45% of the Russian luxury market is occupied by alcohol beverages. This fact was published in the edition of the 16th of March in Vedomosti with reference to the McKinsey report which supposes that domestic luxury market is very different from the similar markets of other countries.
Boeing will upgrade the Moscow airports
The American company Boeing will equip the Moscow airports with air navigation aids. As the newspaper “Vedomosti” reports in issue of the 15th of March, this allows to increase the capacity of capital’s airports by 2,5 times.
The influx of foreign tourists in Russia has become record in the 21st century
By the end of 2011 the flow of foreign tourists from abroad increased by 9,5% that has become the best rate since 1999. This fact was reported by “Interfax” with reference to data of the Russian association of touristic industry. It total, foreign tourists implemented 2,3 million journeys in Russia.
External debt of Russia in 2011 decreased by 10 percent
In 2011 the volume of public external debt of Russia decreased by 10,4 percent in dollars and by 8,4 percent in euro.  This fact was published in statistics material on the website of Ministry of finance. To the 1st of January the volume of the government debt was amounted to 35,8 million dollars (27,7 million euro).
Credibility of Russians have returned to the pre-crisis level
To 2012 credibility of Russian has returned to the pre-crisis level. This fact is mentioned in the report of the National bureau of credit histories (NBCH), as the newspaper “Vedomosti” reports in the issue of the 24th of February. On the web-site of the bureau the report is not published.
Sberbank will sponsor a national sports brand
Sberbank will become a general sponsor of the national sports brand Team Russia. It was reported by the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the General Director of “Sports vysshikh dostizheniy” Fedor Scherbakov. The amount, which Snerbank will invest in collaboration with Olympic Committee, is not announced.
Bulldozer-drivers are in more demand than lawyers in Russia
The most demanded professions in Russia now are those which related to construction, as well as tractor-drivers, bulldozer-drivers, repairmen and locksmiths. This was stated by the Head of the Labor department (Rostrud) Yuri Gertsii, Interfax reports.
The Canadians will help producing trams in Russia
The Canadian aircraft constructing company Bombardier and Russian SPC “Uralvagonzavod” have signed the agreement aimed at the creating of joint enterprise, specialized in the production of trams, reports RIA Novosty with the link to General Director of Ural factory, Oleg Sienko.
The “Big Three” operators have jointed the payment services
The largest mobile operators of Russia (“Megafon”, “Beeline” and MTS) have granted to the users of each operator а the “Big Three” the access to the payment systems of each other.
Moscow authorities have thought of “drawn” supermarket for the Underground
In Moscow Underground may be opened a virtual supermarket, says the “Izvestiya” newspaper with the link to the note of vice-head of Trade and Services Department of Moscow, Nikita Kuznetsov.
The expenses of “Gazprom” on the Olympiad in Sochi will grow up to 180 billion rubles
The expenses of the Russian gas monopoly, the “Gazprom” on the 2014 year Olympiad in Sochi will count about 180 billion rubles. This was written in the “Vedomosti” newspaper with the link to company’s investment program.
”Russian standard” will buy the Italian wine house
The owner of “Russian standard” holding, Rustam Tariko intends to make the deal of acquisition of the sparkling wines and vermouths producer Gancia.
”Rostelecom” has determined the development strategy of own retail network
Telecommunication holding “Rostelecom” has determined the development strategy of own retail network under the brand of the same name.
Forbes has named the most high-paid top-manager of Russia
Two most high-paid top-managers of Russia, who received new assignments in 2011, will be the employees of state bank VTB.
”Sheremetyevo” offered to check-in by Skype
The “Sheremetyevo” airport has launched the service of checking-on by Skype. It was said in the official press-release of the company.
Daily income of “Gazprom” has exceeded four billion rubles
The income of “Gazprom” in the first half of the year had counted 785,2 billion rubles. In this way, the concern had been earning 4,3 billion rubles per day.
Russian hypermarkets Auchan will accept cards of any bank
Hypermarket network Auchan in Russia will start accepting pay cards of any bank till the end of 2011 year. As “Izvestia”newspaper writes, the retailer will start working only with Visa paying system. Auchan also plans to start accepting MasterCards for payment in the pirst half of 2012 year.
”Gazprom” has applied for buying a mobile operator in Germany
Russian group of companies “Gazprom” has applied into the antitrust authorities of Germany for buying the indirect control of local company Envacom Service GmbH.
The Ministry of Agriculture has supported the development of a special law about wine
The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia has supported the winemakers request, which have asked the authorities to make a special law “About viticulture and wine”.
“Yandex” shareholder have invested into "1C" firm
Baring Vostok Capital Partners Fund, which holds the blocking interest of the web search engine “Yandex”, have acquired about 9 percents of “1C” firm, specialized in business software development.
”Tupolev” will sell Tu-204SM planes to Syria
Russian company “Tupolev” and “Aviastar-SP” plant have signed a memorandum with Syrian company Syrianair, about the intentions of supplement of Tu-204SM airliners.
Sberbank for the third time this year has lowered rates on consumer loans
Sberbank, the largest credit institution in Russia has lowered interest rates on consumer loans in rubles, said in the press release of the bank.
The Federation Council approved a law on the mechanism of export credit insurance and investment
The Federation Council approved the government's legislation to improve the mechanism of export credit insurance and investment from commercial and political risks.
The Customs Union resets the duties on tomatoes, cucumbers and apples
Commission of Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus made a decision to clear the import duties on a series of fruits and vegetables from July 5, 2011 to August 1, 2011, according to a published decision of the CCU.
Russia resumes supplement of grain on world markets
From July 1, 2011 Russia resumes deliveries of grain to the world market. The export embargo was imposed by the Russian government as a forced measure to ensure the domestic market
Russia has lifted a ban on the importation of European vegetables
Russia and the European Union this morning in Moscow signed an agreement to allow the immediate resumption of deliveries of European vegetables in Russia.
Violations for 215 billions rubles were revealed in the Moscow Transport Complex
The Court of auditors of Russian Federation have revealed financial violations on total amount of 215 billions rubles, within the inspection of the Moscow Transport Complex.
Medvedev inspected an airport, railroad station and unergrounf in person
On 11th of February, the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev came to “Vnukovo” airport with unannounced inspection.
New radius of underground started in Moscow
Moscow authorities on 21th of February have approved construction of first site of so-called third interchange contour (radius) of underground.
Minsk didn’t get Russian petroleum
In the beginning of 2011 year Byelorussia was again left without Russian petroleum.
In 2010 year Russia have extracted over 500 millions tons of oil.
In 2010 year Russia have increased oil extraction by 2.2% - up till 505.2 millions of tons, achieveв another record of extraction. This is reported by Reuters with a link to a data of Energy Ministry.
The government hasn’t caught up with the inflation
Several days before the New Year, the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev admitted, that by the results of 2010 year, they couldn’t handle the inflation once again.
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