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Raiffeisenbank presents prizes to the 300,000th customer of Raiffeisen CONNECT

On 31 August 2009 Raiffeisenbank presented gifts to the 300,000th user of the internet-banking system Raiffeisen CONNECT.

This turned out to be the Moscow resident Sergei Kashkadamov. He was given a Yota 4G modem for wireless connection to the Internet, as well as 3000 air miles with Austrian Airlines on his Raiffeisenbank MasterCard.

Andrei Stepanenko, a member of the ZAO Raiffeisenbank Board and Head of its Consumer Banking Directorate, had this to say on the occasion of the 300,000th customer of the Banks internet-banking system: In February 2008 we informed the public that the 200,000th customer had joined the system. So since then there has been a 1.5-fold increase in the number of users. Thats a fantastic increase by any standards! Moreover, statistics show that Russians are showing an increasing interest in modern banking technologies, and thats one of the top priorities of Raiffeisenbanks development.

The magazine Global Finance has voted Raiffeisen CONNECT the best Russian internet-banking system in Central and Eastern Europe in 2008. The magazines experts took the following criteria into account: a successful strategy for attracting and servicing online customers, the range of services offered, expansion and constant improvement of internet services, the increase in the number of online customers, and the functionality of the website.

Today, Raiffeisen CONNECT is a system for customers to remotely access banking instruments over the internet. Any customer of Raiffeisenbank can use this service  whether hes in the office, at home, or on the road with a laptop, whether hes working through a dedicated line, a modem, or a mobile phone. The following information services are accessible: statements and mini-statements for accounts and cards (both debit cards and credit cards), account balances, information on deposits and loans, SMS alerts, information on Raiffeisen Capital mutual investment funds, and printing of account details. Active transactions are also accessible: currency-conversion, deposit-opening, payment for mobile-phone communications (instantaneously, and with no fee), domestic and foreign rouble transfers, foreign-currency transfers within Russia and abroad, and additional purchase of shares from Raiffeisen Capital. Customers can apply for credit cards, cash loans, pensions, and other products.

There is a special PDA version of Raiffeisen CONNECT for owners of smart-phones and palmtops.

ZAO Raiffeisenbank is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG. Raiffeisenbank is ranking 9th in terms of assets among the Russian banks based on 1H 2009 results (Interfax-CEA). According to Interfax-CEA, ZAO Raiffeisenbank ranked 4th in Russia in terms of private deposits and 6th in consumer lending in Russia based on 1H 2009 results.

Raiffeisen International operates one of the largest banking networks in CEE. 17 markets in Europes growth region are covered by subsidiary banks, leasing companies and a range of other financial service providers. The groups more than 62,000 employees service over 14.9 million customers via more than 3,200 business outlets. Raiffeisen International is a fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns about 70 per cent of the common stock. The remainder is in free float, the shares are listed 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 countrys largest banking group.


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