Russia: Rosneft to buy 19.5% in itself

Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft may buy 19.5% in itself during privatization, Vice President Mikhail Leontyev said. “The corporation is seriously studying the possibility of buying its shares from the owner, I mean the government”, he said. The practice of buying own shares is wide-spread. “This is some kind of paranoia which is taking place…

Azerbaijan: Poland joins TCITR

Poland’s rail operator PKP LHS has become a member of the Coordination Committee of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TCITR), Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC reported. Another meeting of the Coordination Committee was held in Astana. “The creation of a union of legal entities of the Coordination Committee, the signing of the agreement on the establishment…

Azerbaijan: passenger traffic through TRACECA sector up in January-August 2016

The Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) transported some 229.5 million passengers through Azerbaijan’s territory in January-August 2016, up by 2.2 percent% YoY, Azerbaijan’s State Statistics Committee reported. Meanwhile, some 33.24 million tons of cargo were transported via the TRACECA through Azerbaijan’s territory during the reporting period, down by 6.6% YoY. Some 64.1% (21.3 million tons) of…

Russia: new targeting system to double range of Pantsir air defense system

The upgraded Pantsir-SM combined surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, equipped with a multifunctional targeting system, will be able to destroy targets 40 kilometers away – twice the range of the current configuration, the first deputy CEO, chief designer of the Instrument Design Bureau KBP in Tula (an affiliate of Rostec) Alexander Khomyakov reported.…

Russia: naval aviation of the Black Sea Fleet receives new Su-30SM fighter

The separate naval aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet has received the ninth Su-30SM fighter.

The fighter’s crew has passed a training course in the Yeysk training center and has already started performing combat training tasks.

The regiment is to receive another aircraft this year. (Russian Aviation/Business World Magazine)

Azerbaijan: Islamic microfinance fund to be created

The Islamic fund on microfinance might be created in Azerbaijan, a source on the country’s finance market reported. The source said that the issue was being discussed by Azerbaijan’s microfinance organizations. “The discussions are still at a very early stage, but if market participants agree and adopt a certain decision, then international financial organizations can…