The General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation filed a criminal case concerning a withdraw of Gazprom's assets worth 2.6bn rubles (about $86.3m). The Prosecutor's Office did that on January 7 in accordance with article 201 of the criminal code, as a source in the information and public relations department of the General Prosecutor's Office reported to RosBusinessConsulting. The reason for filing the case was an announcement made by Gazprom officials that a group of people had been illegally selling assets of subsidiaries of the gas giant. On January 8, investigators raided offices of Gazprom's subsidiaries and detained three people. The investigation is in progress. Officials of the General Prosecutor's Office refused to tell where such inspections had been conducted yesterday. However, a law enforcement official noted that this concerned a raid in the office of the SIBUR petrochemical company, during which three SIBUR officials had been detained.
"Russia and Turkey - From Cooperation to the Union. Why not? " - new article written by a well-known entrepreneur, politician (formerly a member of the Federation Council from Krasnodar and a PACE member), public figure Farhad Akhmedov - was published this week in several leading Russian media, and it claims to be a sensation which highlights various essential issues.