Today in Russian Business – Nov 30, 2010

The BBC are running a video report on William Browder, which includes interviews with Interior Ministry officials on Russia’s plans to ruin his business interests.  ‘There is this general unease with Russia […] The economic recovery is taking too long,commented one analyst in the face of this month’s bond slump.  President Dmitry Medvedev’s latest suggestions as part of his modernization plans include a possible tax exemption for investors in ‘innovative companies‘ and fewer restrictions on the movements of foreign workers, which he says had only recently come to his attention.  Following an official admission from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that Russia is looking to import grain, reports say that an Argentine delegation is in Russia to negotiate a potential 3 million ton grain sale that could alleviate production issues.  Putin hinted that grain could be sold from Russian stocks to keep prices in line.  Norilsk Nickel has announced plans to sell its majority ownership stake in US mining company Stillwater.  After two years of unchanging rates, the central bank could raise interest rates to strengthen the ruble and stem outflows of capital, says this FT blog.  Severstal is confident that steel demand has returned to pre-crisis levels.  The Federal Antimonopoly Service is going after a Samara ad agency for advertising vodka as a health product.  Cheaper brands of the drink could rise in price by 10% next year.