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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Imperial Cries Foul

MOSCOW () -- Bank Imperial, the loser in a tender last month for ailing Agroprombank, has blasted the way the tender won by rival Stolichny Savings Bank was carried out.

In a statement in Saturday's Segodnya daily, Imperial management said the outcome of the sale had been rigged beforehand, with the tender's organizers "consciously planning" from the outset to hand the 51-percent stake to Stolichny.

Imperial, one of Russia's top 10 banks, said it was unclear whether Stolichny can actually shoulder the burden of sanitizing Agroprombank, which has a large share of bad credits to Russian farms on its balance sheet, the newspaper reported.