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  1. beyondbrics

    February 12, 2014

    Uralkali and Belaruskali: driven by business or politics?

    When billionaire Suleiman Kerimov and his business partners sold their stakes in Uralkali, the Russian potash miner, at the...

  2. November 27, 2013

    Oligarchs profit from swapping assets

    With Uralkali’s change in ownership, Russia’s biggest potash producer moves from the hands of one rich and influential...

  1. beyondbrics

    November 18, 2013

    Belarus vs Uralkali: light at end of tunnel?

    It’s official: billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, formerly the main shareholder of Uralkali, the Russian potash miner, has sold...

  2. November 18, 2013

    Suleiman Kerimov sells stake in Uralkali to Mikhail Prokhorov

    Suleiman Kerimov, the Russian oligarch and largest shareholder of the world’s largest potash miner Uralkali, has agreed to...

  3. September 25, 2013

    Nets owner and sovereign funds eye Uralkali stakes

    The billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, Mikhail Prokhorov, and two Asian groups are among potential...

  4. beyondbrics

    September 25, 2013

    Uralkali and CIC - will China call the shots?

    The great potash saga rumbles on. With Uralkali’s chief executive in a Belarusian KGB cell, the global potash market...

  5. September 24, 2013

    CIC Chinese fund obtains 12% equity stake in Uralkali

    Chinese sovereign wealth fund CIC has become the second largest shareholder in Uralkali, the world’s largest potash...

  6. September 20, 2013

    Kremlin says Uralkali chief may be released soon

    Vladislav Baumgertner, the jailed Uralkali executive, may soon be extradited back from Belarus to Russia, the Kremlin said...

  7. September 19, 2013

    Five football clubs risk breaking Uefa financial rules

    At least five clubs competing in this season’s Uefa competitions risk breaching the European football’s governing body’s new...

  8. beyondbrics

    September 18, 2013

    Further reading: the loyal, the brave, and the rich

    Wednesday’s reads from the BB team: Potash wars – Suleiman Kerimov may have met his match; investors stay loyal to India;...

  9. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2013

    Belarus: potash row threatens hopes of Russian funding

    The behaviour of Belarus’s authorities is looking increasingly chaotic. On the one hand, law-enforcement agencies risk...

  10. August 30, 2013

    Kremlin official tells Belarus it must release businessman

    Russia increased the pressure on Belarus on Friday as the row over the arrest of a prominent businessman intensified, with a...

  11. August 30, 2013

    Polyus Gold swings to loss after writedown

    Polyus Gold swung to a loss after the fall in the price of the precious metal promoted Russia’s largest producer to postpone...

  12. August 30, 2013

    Football’s ‘cajillionaires’ go on record summer spending spree

    Even by football’s profligate standards, this has been a summer of frenzied transfer megadeals to defy economic reality and...

  13. beyondbrics

    August 7, 2013

    Russian football: Kerimov to be a little less flash with the cash

    Say goodbye to the Anzhi dream team. Two years after Suleiman Kerimov (pictured) splashed out millions of dollars – and...

  14. July 30, 2013

    Global fertiliser shake-up after cartel falls apart

    One of the two big cartels controlling the potash market has fallen apart after a leading Russian producer of the vital...

  15. May 27, 2013

    Suleiman Kerimov’s motives eyed in ENRC deal

    The struggle over a buyout of minority investors by the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has focused attention on the...

  16. April 30, 2013

    UK regulator probes ENRC for potential breaches of takeover rules

    The UK listings regulator has launched a probe into potential breaches of its takeover rules by FTSE 100 miner Eurasian...

  17. February 22, 2013

    Prokhorov sells gold stake for $3.6bn

    Mikhail Prokhorov has sold his 38 per cent stake in London-listed Polyus Gold to two Russian investors for $3.6bn, a...

  18. January 29, 2013

    Prokhorov nears sale of Polyus $4bn stake

    Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is close to selling his up to $4bn stake in UK-listed Polyus Gold, in a deal that...

  19. November 9, 2012

    VTB and CIC secure option on UralKali

    Russian state lender VTB and the China Investment Corporation have secured the option to take a 14.5 per cent stake in...

  20. September 12, 2012

    Prokhorov in talks to sell Polyus stake

    Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian tycoon, is in talks with two possible buyers to sell his near-$4bn stake in Polyus Gold,...

  21. August 30, 2012

    Higher gold price boosts Russian miners

    Higher gold sales and prices helped Russia’s largest producers of the precious metal report increases in first-half profits,...

  22. beyondbrics

    May 17, 2012

    Polyus Gold: London listing in sight

    Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold producer, is finally getting close to its proposed full listing on the London Stock...

  23. May 1, 2012

    Polyus sells 5% stake to China fund unit

    Polyus Gold, Russia’s biggest gold producer by volume, has sold a 5 per cent stake to a subsidiary of China Investment Corp,...

  24. March 27, 2012

    Kremlin mired in Gazprom deal

    The family of Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s first deputy prime minister, bought nearly $18m in Gazprom shares through an offshore...

  25. March 27, 2012

    Shuvalov case raises cronyism questions

    When Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s first deputy prime minister, declared that his wife had earned an income of $10.9m in 2008, he...

  26. February 10, 2012

    Suleiman Kerimov, the secret oligarch

    It was October 10 2008, and US markets had opened nearly 10 per cent down on one of the darkest days of the financial...

  27. beyondbrics

    December 12, 2011

    Anelka heads east

    Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is following in the footsteps of Marlon Harewood and moving continents to play in the ...

  28. beyondbrics

    October 31, 2011

    Prokhorov goes media shopping

    The owners of three of Russia’s most liberal media outlets are attracting attention from an interesting suitor: Mikhail...

  29. FT Alphaville

    October 31, 2011

    Another day, another Russian

    Uh-oh, yet another Russian company is considering a premium listing in London. The FT reports on Monday that UralKali, which...

  30. FT Alphaville

    October 24, 2011

    "The paradox of small free floats"

    Here’s a recipe for disaster: garnish a Russian resources company with a free float of less than 20 per cent, mix in an...

  31. FT Alphaville

    October 20, 2011

    Russians and the FTSE – what does London get?

    Three Russian metals companies each with market caps of at least $7bn (£4.4bn) are making strides towards inclusion in the...

  32. October 13, 2011

    Polyus eyes UK relocation ahead of float

    Polyus Gold has moved to redomicile in the UK by early November, paving the way for Russia’s biggest gold miner to become a...

  33. August 26, 2011

    Tycoon who has stayed in the shadows

    A tycoon with holdings in the metals and fertilisers industries, Suleiman Kerimov has seamlessly navigated the line between...

  34. August 26, 2011

    Oligarch sets tough goals for Dagestan team

    A Russian oligarch is bidding to transform an obscure football team in a war-torn region of the country into a...

  35. beyondbrics

    August 26, 2011

    Football: why Anzhi may be a better bet than Chelsea for a trophy-hunting oligarch

    The announcement by an obscure Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala, to make Samuel Eto’o the world’s highest paid footballer...

  36. August 23, 2011

    Eto’o to score highest paid footballer tag

    An unheralded Russian club owned by billionaire oligarch Suleiman Kerimov is expected to make Samuel Eto’o the world’s...

  37. June 18, 2011

    Polyus set for listing after Kazakh progress

    Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold producer, is poised to come to the London market after a long-delayed merger with...

  38. June 14, 2011

    Phosagro: Russian IPO hopeful

    Russian fertiliser company Phosagro will try its luck with an initial public offering to raise $500m in London and Moscow...

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