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22.06.06

The seventh regional branch of ZAO «Raiffeisenbank Austria» and first branch of the Bank in the South of Russia.

Continuing the programme of regional presence expansion, Raiffeisenbankopens its first regional branch in the South of Russia Kubansky branch in Krasnodar. The official opening of the branch took place on the 22nd of June, 2006. Kubansky is the seventh regional branch in the wide network of Raiffeisenbank and the first branch of the Bank in South Federal District of Russia.

Official press conference devoted to the branch opening and theribbon-cutting ceremony took place within the branch premises atSevernaya street, 311/1. Questions raised by the journalists wereanswered not only by Members of the Managing Board of Raiffeisenbank andmanagement of Kubansky branch, but also by representatives ofAdministration of Krasnodar Region: Head of Administration, Mr. Tkachev,First Deputy Head of Administration, Mr. Remezkov, DeputyPlenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in SouthFederal District, Mr. Gaevsky.

At the press conference Head of Krasnodar region Administration, Mr.Tkachev stated:Banking society is an active player in the economic development of the region. Over the last several years consumer lending demonstrated dynamic growth. We are discussing several issues of collaboration with Raiffeisenbank, including realization of special programmes such as loans issued to agriculture sector, mortgage lending and consumer loans.

Importance of Raiffeisenbank entering the market is invaluable. Foreign bank has the opportunity to offer long-term investments, high quality banking services and new technologies. That is exactly what the rapidly growing and developing business of the south of Russia needs,stated Deputy Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in South Federal District, Mr. Gaevsky.

Krasnodar region is one the most important regions for Raiffeisenbank. It is the largest agricultural region in Russia; tourism and transport sector are among the fasters growing areas in the region. Offering a full range of services to private and corporate customers, we will satisfy growing needs of the region, underlined Johann Jonach, The Chairman of the Managing Board of Raiffeisenbank.

In the newly established branch, just like in every other town ofRaiffeisenbanks regional presence, clients will have an opportunity to enjoy services of all Raiffeisenbanks affiliate companies in Russia: Raiffeisen-Leasing, Non-State Pension Fund Raiffeisen, Raiffeisen Capital Asset Management Company.

Raiffeisenbank is ranked 8th in terms of assets among Top Russian banksbased on Q1 2006 results (CEA Interfax). At present the Bank disposes of18 branches in Moscow, 3 branches in Saint Petersburg and regionalbranches in Ekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk and NizhnyNovgorod.

Among the leading retail banks Raiffeisenbank is the 6th largest bank inRussia in terms of consumer lending and 7th in terms of private depositsbased on Q1 2006 results (CEA Interfax). The Bank was ranked 3rd interms of mortgage lending based on 2005 results (RBC.Rating) and 3rdamong the largest Russian banks in terms of car loans portfolio, basedon 2005 results (RBC.Rating).

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen InternationalBank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International) which operates one of the leading banking networks in CEE with subsidiary banks and leasing companies in 16 markets. More than 10 million customers are attended through approximately 2,700 business outlets. In seven markets, the respective Network Bank ranks among thethree largest local banks. Representative offices in Lithuania and Moldova complement the Group''s presence in the region. Raiffeisen International is a fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the common stock. The remaining 30 per cent is free float, the shares are traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s largest banking group.

 

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