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By John Helmer in Moscow Sergei Generalov, controlling shareholder and chief executive of Far Eastern Shipping Company (Fesco), has issued an investor presentation on last year’s results without audited financial details. The leak appears to be a repeat of last week’s financial advertorial in London by Russian tanker fleet company, Sovcomflot, except that Fesco denies […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Alrosa has referred to the criminal prosecutors and the Russian courts the investigation of a case of substitution of low-value synthetic stones in a batch of Alrosa rough that was sold to a foreign client. Andrei Polyakov, the company spokesman, told PolishedPrices.com that a case of substitution had been discovered […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The oldest form of Chinese wrestling (jǐao dǐ) involved the contestants literally locking horns with the objective of head-butting each other into insensibility. Half a millennium later, the Chinese emperors decided that there was more military value in training their soldiers to knock opponents off their feet.

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By John Helmer in Moscow According to the clinical experts, premature ejaculation is a common phenomenon that is most often caused by anxiety and overstimulation. One of the expert manuals suggests that psychological factors, such as guilt, may also be relevant. With time, the condition usually improves without formal treatment.   Pharmaceutical stimulants are known […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow In a move that has drawn immediate skepticism in the Russian steel industry, Alexei Mordashov’s Severstal group has entered the bidding for the Ukraine’s fourth steel maker, Zaporizhstal, which is currently owned by four shareholders — Eduard Shifrin and Alex Schnaider of the Midland group; Igor Butler and Vitaly Satsky.

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By John Helmer in Moscow In case you haven’t realized, Russia is now running third in the league of world grain exporters, trailing the US and Canada, but ahead of Australia. (China remains the world’s largest producer of wheat, but eats it all up.) With the aim of competing against government wheat marketing companies like […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow A senior Russian industry ministry official has come to the defence of domestic steelmakers, warning that an attempt to roll back or penalize their recent price increases could lead to the ultimate bogeyman — a flood of cheap Chinese-made steel into the Russian market. Andrey Dementiev, a Deputy Minister of […]