Today in Russian Business – Nov 15, 2011

Gross domestic product is growing more slowly than estimated, but it is anticipated that economic expansion will accelerate this year.  RusAl’s staggering third-quarter profits will not persuade it to pay dividends; it cites strained market conditions and low aluminium prices.  State registration service Rosregister is to make public all real estate transactions under its handling.  Norilsk Nickel has defeated all claims made against it by RusAl.  A large sugar-beet harvest this year will mean that Russia won’t need to import raw sugar next year, says Deputy PM Viktor Zubkov.  Ahead of former Moscow Mayor Yury LUzkhov’s testimony tomorrow at a criminal case relating to Bank of Moscow, Bloomberg reports on the background of the case.  President Dmitry Medvedev has opened a rail link connecting Yakutsk to main Russian railway lines, facilitating the transport of natural resources.