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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutor General to Study Norilsk Sale

The Prosecutor General's Office has asked the Moscow prosecutor's office for documents relating to a lawsuit concerning metals giant Norilsk Nickel, an aide to the Moscow prosecutor said Monday.

The Moscow prosecutor's office filed a case last month challenging the legality of the privatization of Norilsk in the mid-1990s. But the Moscow court that heard the case rejected it and asked the Moscow prosecutor to rework it.

"The Prosecutor General's Office has made such a request (for documents)," said Svetlana Petrenko of the Moscow prosecutor's office. But she could not give a reason for the request.

The prosecutor general's press office declined to comment, saying it had no information on the case.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Saturday that despite this case, the results of privatizations carried out throughout the 1990s could not be reviewed.

Several courts have tried without success to contest the legitimacy of Norilsk's privatization since 1997.