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Today in Russian Business – Nov 9, 2009

At the G20 finance summit in St Andrews, the problem of unemployment was raised as well as ‘uneven growth’; Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has said that ‘exit strategies’ will have to be considered.  Kudrin apparently believes that a second wave of crisis is unlikely.  Goldman Sachs will not become the key adviser to Rusal on its intended $30 billion stock-market listing, a decision which is ‘mutual’; the Bank of America Merrill Lynch will take its place.  Apparently Goldman Sachs may have been deterred by Rusal owner Oleg Deripaska’s problems in the US, fueled by allegations that he is involved with organized crime.  The government has nearly completed the initial development of an agency designed to help provide subsidies for exports loans and regulate export tariffs.  Mitsubishi has acquired a 40% stake in Russia’s Rolf Import.  In a first reading the brewer-worrying bill to increase beer tax has been approved.  Audi automaker intends to almost double sales in Russia by 2015 despite the uninspiring economic climate, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Kamaz is selling off its trucks at a discounted rate