On a visit to Tolyatti to attend the launch of the new Lada Largus passenger car, Prime Minister Putin told the press that he believes state officials should only use Russian-made cars. Reuters reports on how US retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores has missed a trick in Russia, due to its concerns over red tape. The government is apparently introducing new measures to make registering a patent cost the same amount for foreigners as for Russians. VTB offshoot TransCreditBank reportedly hopes to increase net profits by 50% this year to $424 million. Consumer services giant Sistema plans to sell 5% of its health clinic chain Medsi Group to the city of Moscow in exchange for stakes in the capital’s medical assets and investment funds for cash, in a $408 million deal. The Kremlin has approved a new bill designed to entice foreign investors into the insurance sector. The Moscow Times interviews French businesswoman Florence Gervais d’Aldin about her entry into the Russian flower market.