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    The Russian government commission on foreign investment approved on Tuesday a deal for the reverse takeover by Kazakh gold miner KazakhGold of its parent company Polyus Gold to boost stock liquidity.

    The Russian government commission on foreign investment approved on Tuesday a deal for the reverse takeover by Kazakh gold miner KazakhGold of its parent company Polyus Gold to boost stock liquidity.

    The deal will formally turn KazakhGold into a parent company of Polyus, Russia's largest gold producer, which controls 50.1% of the Kazakh gold miner, head of the Russian anti-monopoly service Igor Artemyev said.

    The deal will enable Polyus to enter international capital markets at a low cost through KazakhGold, which is already listed on the London Stock Exchange, experts say.

    Polyus, which is controlled by two Russian tycoons Mikhail Prokhorov (29.9%) and Suleiman Kerimov (36.9%) posted net profits of 1.4 billion rubles ($48 million) in 2009.

    MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti)

     

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