For the Record

VTB Approves $460Bln Dividends

VTB shareholders have approved dividends for 2012 of 0.143 kopeks per share, which amounts to a total payout of almost 15 billion rubles ($460 billion), up from 9.2 billion rubles in 2011, Interfax reported, citing the bank. (MT)

Bashneft Shares Rise After Rosneft Denies Takeover Plans

Preferred shares in Bashneft jumped 5.4 percent on Monday after Igor Sechin told reporters that Rosneft is not discussing a purchase of Bashneft, Interfax reported. (MT)

Ban on Georgian Foodstuffs Lifted

A ban on imports of Georgian tea, spices, nuts and similar foodstuffs was lifted by the agricultural watchdog on Friday, which also said that Russia may soon begin exporting animal products, such as meat and milk, to its Caucasian neighbor. (RIA Novosti)

EBRD Provides $60M Loan to Upgrade Water Supply in Siberia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has provided a 13 year loan of up to 2.1 billion rubles ($60 million) to modernize the problematic local water supply and raise drinking water in the East Siberian city of Yakutsk to EU and Russian standards. (RIA Novosti)

Gazprom Neft Opens Filling Station in Bulgaria

Serbian NIS, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has opened in Bulgaria the first of a planned 250 filling stations in the Balkan region, which will operate under the Gazprom brand name. (MT)