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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Svyazinvest Tender

Only one thing is clear [about Svyazinvest privatization] -- a new tender will be held either in January or in the second half of the year. Concerning January ... the reality is that it would be a buyer's market for 25 percent of Svyazinvest. But it may be justifiable and appropriate, considering the vital need to improve telephone service for the entire country's population.

Concerning a tender after the presidential elections, it is practically impossible to project who would win. And it should not be excluded that, at that time, the concept of developing Russia's communications systems may take on a completely different character -- that even mentioning the sale of, albeit rundown, state property will be considered seditious.

Moskovskiye Novosti, Jan.