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26.01.07

MEDT has included Raiffeisenbank into the register of consultants onInvestment Fund projects.

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federationhas included ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria into the register ofinstitutions meeting the requirements of the Provision on the InvestmentFund and recommended by the Ministry as investment consultants onestimation of the projects which are to be financed from the InvestmentFund.

"Acquiring the status of investment consultant is of great importancefor us," said Johann Jonach, the CEO of ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria."Andthat is not only because it contributes to the widening of the range ofthe services offered. Which is more important is that we get theopportunity to enhance our participation in the development andimplementation of the Russian investment potential– it is one of the most important factors defining sustainable, progressive development of the economy, the growth of our corporate and individual customers'' well-being. During the past decade the investment and banking divisions of Raiffeisenbank group participated asconsultants in more than 300 investment transactions and projects totaling over $30 billion. We are certainly glad and grateful to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade for their high estimation of knowledge and expertise we have accumulated during the years of our activities on the investments markets in many developed and developing European and CIS countries."

As of January 24, 2007, the updated register, besides ZAO RaiffeisenbankAustria, also includes the following institutions: ABN Amro, BNPParibas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC,ING Barings, JP Morgan Chase, Lloyds TSB, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley,Societe Generaleи UBS AG. The advising banks provided fairness opinion for the business plans of the projects that qualify for financing from the Investment Fund of Russia.

ZAO"Raiffeisenbank Austria" is ranked 9th in terms of assets amongRussian banks based on Q3/2006 results (Interfax-CEA). At present, theBank has 21 branches in Moscow, 5 branches in Saint Petersburg andregional branches in Yekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk,Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk and Perm. In terms of thecorporate credit portfolio Raiffeisenbank ranks 9th based on Q3/2006results (Interfax-CEA).

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is an affiliate of RaiffeisenInternazional Bank Holding AG (Raiffeisen Internazional), withsubsidiary banks and leasing companies in 16 CEE markets. The Bankserves 11.7 million customers at more than 2,775 business outlets, andalso has representative offices in Lithuania and Moldova. RaiffeisenInternational is a fully consolidated subsidiary of RaiffeisenZentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the commonstock. The remaining 30 per cent is free float; the shares are traded onthe Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investmentbank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian RaiffeisenBanking Group, the country''s largest banking organization.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB), the investment center of Raiffeisen Group,is the largest operator on the Austrian stock exchange. Over the last 5years RZB has prepared and launched 35 IPOs for Austrian and foreigncompanies on six European stock exchanges. RZB is one of the leadingfinancial institutions in the capitals markets of Central and EasternEurope and take active participation in privatization transactions andlarge-scale investment projects.

Raiffeisen Investment AG (RIAG) is a 100% subsidiary of RZB providingservices in the area of corporate finances including advising on mergersand acquisitions, project financing, privatization and equity and debtfinance raising.

 

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