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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soros Kicks Off Moscow Tour

U.S. financier and philanthropist George Soros arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a weeklong visit to review the work of his charitable foundation, meet with government officials and present Russian editions of books by himself and his father.

Over the past 13 years, Soros has spent more than $750 million on charitable activities in Russia, according to the web site of his Open Society Institute.

Irina Racheyeva, a spokeswoman for OSI-Moscow, said Soros planned to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko, who oversees social issues. Racheyeva declined to comment on the subjects to be discussed, but Soros will likely urge Matviyenko to accept a $150 million World Bank loan for treating tuberculosis and AIDS.

In recent years, Soros has donated about $15 million toward introducing a sustainable tuberculosis treatment program, especially in Russia's TB-infested jails. But the World Bank loan has been a bone of contention between the Justice Ministry, which controls the prisons and wants the additional funding, and the Health Ministry, which opposes the bank's terms.

Soros is also set to hold talks on creating a support program for mass media. Last year Soros threw his support behind a consortium led by CNN founder Ted Turner, which intended to bid for a stake in NTV television. The bid foundered after Gazprom-Media took control of the station last month.

On Thursday, Soros is to present the translated edition of his book "Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism," which includes a separate chapter on Russia.

Later in the week, he will travel to Yaroslavl for a forum on new computer technologies and an evaluation of his University Internet Centers project. He is also to present his foundation's new higher-education Internet portal, Auditorium.ru.

While there, Soros will discuss strategies for modernizing Russia's education system, possibly with the participation of Education Ministry officials.

On Monday, he will be back in Moscow to launch the book "Maskerado: Dancing Around Death in Nazi Hungary," written by his father, Tivadar Soros.

The visit will end Tuesday.

While Soros has sizeable business interests in Russia — most significantly he belongs to a consortium with a 25 percent stake in state telecoms holding Svyazinvest — OSI officials have been quoted as saying his latest visit will focus only on his philanthropic activities.