News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

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Hungry Russia feeds on glamour of ads: The Communists promised paradise on earth: advertisers now play the same role, writes Andrew Higgins in Moscow

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View from City Road: Privatisation prize for Kleinwort

Congratulations to Kleinwort Benson for winning what promises to be the privatisation prize of the decade, Gazprom of Russia. This is is no MMM. Gazprom is by far the largest company in Russia and it makes British Gas, its nearest international equivalent, look like a minnow. Rock-solid though it is by the standards of Eastern Europe investment prospects, valuing it for the purposes of a trade sale or international offering is going to be something else. Still, it is nice to see London still at the forefront of privatisation.

Kleinwort to advise on Russian gas sell-off: Investors to be offered up to 9 per cent of giant with reserves worth dollars 1,500bn

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Part payment

Russia's natural gas giant, Gazprom, said yesterday it had received dollars 7m ( pounds 4.7) from Ukraine to cover part of its huge debt owed for past deliveries, AFP reports from Moscow.

Gas row turns the heat on Moscow and Kiev

RUSSIA and Ukraine will try on Thursday to settle an energy dispute that is threatening to send their strained relations to new depths. A Ukrainian delegation will travel to Moscow for talks on how to clear Kiev's debts to Russia in return for guaranteed gas supplies.

Russia cuts off gas to Estonia

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