Today in Russian Business – May 21, 2012

46-year-old furniture magnate, Mikhail Kravchenko, head of one of Europe’s largest furniture holdings, has been shot dead by unknown attackers.  The Moscow Times profiles Alisher Usmanov, forecasting a lucrative year for the ‘politically-connected’ ‘visionary’.  Chinese infrastructure investors are putting money into the ‘empty’ Russian market.  Sberbank says it sees certainty over a privatization sale after the new government has been confirmed and the market stabilises.  The MICEX is likely to take its biggest weekly share price drop this year this week, on the threat of Greece leaving the European Union.