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By John Helmer in Moscow Russian PGM sales controller complains market reaction isn’t cricket. A one-line decree, issued by Russian Prime Minister Victor Zubkov, has stumped Russia’s platinum producer, Norilsk Nickel; the state agency for export sales of platinum, Almazjuvelirexport; and the government body in charge of issuing export licences, the Ministry for Economic Development [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow For mining and metals, Russia’s new cabinet is the same as the old one — business as usual In less than a week, the bright promise of the Zubkov presidency of Russia has evaporated, and amid a bad case of election nerves inside the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin himself has [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Russia’s new prime minister will reprice asset value in Russian mining, gold, and energy. Madame de Montespan, the only one of French King Louis XIV’s mistresses to combine beauty and brains, used to say: “secrets add to the taste of things.” Intelligence officers don’t have to be either beautiful or [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Russia’s new Prime Minister Victor Zubkov has moved from obscurity to presidential status in half a day, showing character not seen in Moscow for 25 years. The man, whose name in Russian means “tooth”, shows he has mettle and bite – confidence in himself, pride in what he has done, [...]