The Russian agricultural watchdog is planning to consider opening supplies of dairy products from five Tunisian companies, including cheeses, Rosselkhoznadzor said on Wednesday. Tunisia is also interested in more supplies of olive oil and vegetables to Russia, RIA Novosti said. Earlier this month Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi said Tunisia is ready “to supply to Russia a range of goods, which Russia currently does not receive from the EU,” adding that Russian-Tunisian trade is below the countries’ expectations.
More than 130,000 Russian citizens were affected by the bankruptcy of 14 travel agencies, Irina Tyurina, press secretary of the country’s Union of Travel Industry, was quoted by the media as saying on Wednesday. About 70 percent of them were clients of five big Russian travel agencies. There were problems with the payment of compensation from some insurance companies, Tyurina said.
Moscow’s Basmanny Court has ruled to release Vladislav Baumgertner, the former CEO of Russian fertilizer firm Uralkali, ITAR-TASS reported. The bail is 15 million rubles (US$391,000). “The court upheld a motion to change a restriction measure for Baumgertner for 15 million rubles’ bail,” court spokesperson Anna Fadeyeva said.
Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth has overturned a nationwide ban on one of the services offered by the alternative taxi firm Uber, the BBC said. The temporary injunction banned the start-up from offering its UberPop ride-sharing service in Germany. The judge ruled that taxi companies in the country had waited too long to request an emergency injunction. Taxi Deutschland, the country’s taxi association, will appeal, after saying that the industry “accepts competitors who comply with the law.”
Moscow approved a state loan to Belarus in 2014 equivalent to $1.55 billion, ITAR-TASS said. According to a document published on the government's legal information portal on Tuesday, the government instructed Russia’s Finance and Foreign Ministries to sign the loan agreement. Russia will disburse the loan in Russian rubles at the exchange rate of Russia’s Central Bank effective as of the date of signing the loan agreement.
Russian internet company, Mail.ru Group, has acquired 48.01 percent in domestic social network VKontakte from investment fund United Capital Partners (UCP) for $1.47 billion, ITAR-TASS reported. Thus, Mail.Ru has consolidated 100 percent of the project, the group said on Tuesday. The shares were purchased from offshore firms Blesmir Development Ltd. and Palagon Ltd., controlled by UCP, and the deal was closed on Tuesday. The payment was done in cash, including a 22.2 billion ruble loan taken out from Gazprombank.
Air France has scrapped 60 percent of its flights Tuesday, AFP said. Unions said three quarters of pilots followed their call to strike. The pilots are protesting at the airline’s plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary.