Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lukashenko: Russians Offered $5 Bln Bribe

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Tuesday that Russian big business had offered a $5 billion bribe for selling the national potash producer Belaruskali below its real value. “They proposed we sell Belaruskali for $15 billion: $10 billion to the treasury and $5 billion for me at an account I’ll designate,” Lukashenko said. Lukashenko said Moscow oligarchs had sent a Russian friend to him with the offer, but did not name those involved. Leading Russian fertilizer producer Uralkali, whose core shareholder is Suleiman Kerimov, wanted to buy Belaruskali for $14 billion, but the Belarusian government set the price at $30 billion and the deal fell apart.


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