Russia: Aeroflot to sell Rossiya Airlines

Russian national flag carrier Aeroflot may sell its largest affiliate Rossiya Airlines. Aeroflot owns 75% minus one share in the affiliate, while the rest is owned by the government of St. Petersburg. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich ordered the Transport Ministry to prepare suggestions for the possibility of Aeroflot selling Rossiya Airlines. The Economic Development…

Russia wants all public Wi-Fi users identified

The Russian communications service has suggested implementing special software for subscriber devices to identify users of Wi-Fi networks of Internet access and insists on administrative responsibility for individuals-owners of such networks. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media checked more than 18,000 public hotspots across the country and found out…

Russia: Railways want cargo tariff to rise in 2017

Russian Railways has proposed raising its transportation tariff for all types of cargo by 6.8% in 2017 or to differentiate between tariff increases depending on types of cargo. The company’s differentiated tariff proposal envisages a 8.2% rise for first-class cargoes, excluding coal and ore, and for mineral fertilizers; a 6.8% rise for coal, ore and…

Russia losing ground in Saudi Arabia

Barley harvesting in Russia entered the final straight. More than 18.2 MMT of barley were collected from about 93% of acreage, which already exceeds last year’s harvest. This year Russia will obtain 9% more barley than a year before. Undoubtedly, export potential will also grow in the 2016/2017 season. Experts believe that it may surpass…

Ukraine: Malaysian palm oil dominates imports

In August Ukraine imported 16 KMT of palm oil against 12.3 KMT in July 2016 and 12.8 KMT in August 2015. Total volume imported in 2015/2016 (September-August) was 24% higher than over the last season. Thus, total imports equaled 181.2 KMT against 145.7 KMT in 2015/2016. Malaysia and Indonesia traditionally remained the main suppliers of…

Belarus: Kommunarka pays increasing attention to Chinese market

The Belarusian confectionery factory Kommunarka pays increasing attention to the Chinese market, Kommunarka Director General Ivan Danchenko said. Ivan Danchenko said that Belarusian confectionery products were underrepresented in China. This country accounts for a small share of Kommunarka’s exports. However, in recent years, the company has been paying increasing attention to this market. To attract…

Kazakhstan: sturgeon fishing banned

Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Askar Myrzakhmetov banned sturgeon fishing in all the regions of the country, Agriculture Ministry said. This measure is aimed at combating the illegal fish trade. In order to combat the illegal fish trade, the Ministry of Agriculture plans to introduce a new automated information system, which will monitor…