When Crimea’s new premier traveled down the Black Sea coast for unscheduled talks with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi this month, he was accompanied by a man described by one Kremlin insider as Russia’s George Soros.
Present and past owners of OAO Bank Rossiya, the only company hit with sanctions for Russia’s takeover of Crimea, include three billionaires, two proteges of a Nobel Laureate and, according to a Spanish prosecutor, one possible mob boss.
OAO Russian Railways is seeking to regain the right to manage rolling stock a decade after the government weakened its monopoly by opening the market to competitors, Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Yakunin said.
OAO Russian Railways will probably drop plans to sell 100 billion rubles ($3 billion) of infrastructure bonds if the government freezes prices to fight inflation, Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Yakunin said.
In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.