Sberbank, GAZ and Canada’s Magna International have won the bid for Opel; the government has not commented on the sale, although Putin was seen taking his vintage GAZ-21 for a spin. Bloomberg reports that the deal may deepen ties between Germany and Russia and could ‘fuel suspicion in east Europe‘. Opel may produce up to 180,000 cars a year in Russia. British concerns are surfacing about Oleg Deripaska’s involvement in the deal, given his apparent abandonment of van maker LDV. A poll of economists has said that the financial situation in Russia remains difficult and growth will only return in 2010 with lower inflation and a stable currency. State telecoms company Svyazinvest may hold an IPO once it has finished its government-approved reorganization. Russian Railways plans to buy 54 commuter trains from Canada’s Bombardier for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Times looks at the fortunes of the man behind 2% of Facebook, Yuri Milner. Not exactly cleaning up the image of Russian business, Mikhail Prokhorov has threatened to ‘smash in the faces’ of two business rivals who insulted his sister.