The Elysee may be jubilant, but the New York Times reports that criticism of the recent Russia-France Mistral deal is mounting. Apparently PepsiCo plans to invest around $1 billion in Russia’s Wimm-Bill-Dann drinks company over the next five years. According to Bloomberg, Norilsk Nickel has abandoned plans to buy a 25% stake in the company from Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal. VTB Group has plans to increase profit by an ambitious 60%; the Prime Minister has some unconventional advice on how to achieve this aim. The Audit Chamber has declared that $7.7 billion earmarked for the development of Moscow’s chaotic transportation infrastructure has been misspent over the past three years. Russia’s committee on foreign investments has denied a request by an Iranian company to purchase a shipping port on the Volga River in Astrakhan, citing sanctions. Putin’s plans for bringing ‘smart’ money into Russia.