To participate in the Russian authorities announced the privatization of state assets can structure of Suleiman Kerimov and the company “Surgutneftegaz” Vladimir Bogdanov writes columnist for the Russian edition of magazine Forbes Anton Verzhbitsky.

According to the sources, Kerimov eyeing the stakes in ALROSA, Sovcomflot and Transneft, and Surgutneftegaz is interested in acquiring stake in Rosneft.

A number of the Russian participants of the Forbes list of billionaires on the condition of anonymity told the newspaper that the privatization does not interest them. “We’d rather stay in the money,” explained one of the oligarchs.

However, Forbes openly among the interviewed representatives of the major players about the lack of interest in privatization deals edition said only “Interros” Vladimir Potanin.

Earlier, President Vladimir Putin saidthat in the forthcoming privatization of Russia must not lose control over strategic enterprises. He also opposed the financing of privatization transactions and state-owned banks against transactions with foreign investors.

That buyers of shares in Russian state companies in the context of reducing the state’s share can be Russian oligarchs this week and reported by Reuters with reference to the experts of Russian analysts, government officials and bankers.

These experts argue that the participation of foreigners in privatization plan of Russian President Vladimir Putin will be limited due to international sanctions and disputes concerning right of property in the country.

According to the interlocutors Reuters, the sale of state assets is not done just for the sake of enriching those in power, but for the return derived from Russian capital.

Reuters sources in the government said that the authorities want to gain from privatization from 500 billion to 800 billion rubles.

On Wednesday this week the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev said that in the first place within the framework of the privatization plan may be sold shares of state-owned companies “Bashneft”, ALROSA and Rosneft.

A day earlier, Ulyukayev acknowledged that the deal for the privatization of public property will have to carry out in adverse conditions, as in the current budgetary situation it is impossible to postpone them.

At the same time the Kremlin announced that the final list of the privatized state-owned companies still not established and that the privatisation in Russia will be opened for foreign investors.

Russian Forbes: sale of state assets interested Suleiman Kerimov and Vladimir Bogdanov 04.02.2016

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