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22.09.05

Raiffeisenbank has opened its third regional branch — in Samara.

The official press-conference that announced opening of Raiffeisenbanks regional branch in Samara with premises in European Quarter complex at Molodogvardeyskaya street, 180, was held on the 22nd of September 2005.

Raiffeisenbanks members of the Managing Board and lead managers of Samarski regional branch presented at the official press-conference and answered questions raised by journalists of the leading regional mass media.

Michel Perhirin, Chairman of the Managing Board of Raiffeisenbank,stated at the press-conference:In the year 2003 the Bank took strategic regional expansion programme, which included Samara among the first cities for opening. As far back as 2001 we had opened a regional branch in Saint Petersburg. In March 2005 we opened a regional branch in Ekaterinburg which isvery active in its development; and now we expect much from this newly opened regional branch Samarski. Samara region is one of the most dynamically developing with already shaped demand for banking services and we are happy to offer our clients all the bankingproducts they need.

Raiffeisenbanks operations are equally focused on commercial, retail and investment banking activities. As every branch Samarski offers the complete range of services to both corporate and individual clients, furthermore the Bank possesses the necessary experience of implementingand adapting banking products to the needs of the Russian companies and household on the regional level. Alongside with banking products the regional branch will also offer services of all Raiffeisen affiliate companies in Russia: Raiffeisen-Leasing, Non-State Pension FundRaiffeisen, OOO Raiffeisen Capital Asset Management Company.

On the corporate side Raiffeisenbank is already successfully cooperatingwith a number of regional enterprises and intends to expand cooperationwith corporate clients including medium- and small-sized companies,offering a full range of corporate financial services.

Retail products offered comprise the full scale of loan productsincluding mortgage, car and unsecured loans.

Further retail banking products include deposit and current accounts,all types of bank cards, as well as safe boxes, travel cheques,investment products and Internet-banking services.

At present the Bank disposes of 13 branches in Moscow, 3 branches inSaint Petersburg and 1 in Ekaterinburg and 1 in Samara. Further regionalbranches are planned for opening in the year 2005 - 2006.

Raiffeisenbank Austria, ZAO has operated in Russia since 1996 offering awide range of services to companies and private clients. Raiffeisenbankis one of the most reliable banks in Russia: Moodys Interfax Rating Agency assigned the long-term national scale credit rating to Raiffeisenbank Austria at Aaa.ru and the short-term rating at RUS-1. Moodys Investors Service assigned the following ratings to the Bank: D Financial Strength Rating, Ba1 long-term and NP short-term foreign currency deposit ratings.

Raiffeisenbank is ranked 10th in terms of assets among Top Russian banksbased on H1 2005 results (CEA Interfax). Raiffeisenbank is the 4thlargest bank in Russia in terms of consumer lending and 8th in terms ofprivate deposits based on H1 2005 results (CEA Interfax). The Bank wasranked 1st among among largest Russian banks in terms of carloans basedon 2004 results (Autonews.ru) and 3rd among the Russian banks in termsof mortgage lending based on H1 2005 results (RBC.Rating).

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen InternationalBank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International). Raiffeisen International isa fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank ?sterreich AG(RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the common stock. The remaining 30 percent is free float including the shares of the International FinanceCorporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction andDevelopment (EBRD), which own about 3 per cent each of the capitalstock. Raiffeisen International''s shares are traded on the Vienna StockExchange. Raiffeisen International is the steering company for 15subsidiary banks and 14 leasing units with more than 900 outlets inCentral and Eastern Europe (CEE). RZB-Austria is the central institutionof the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s most powerfulbanking group.

 

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