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    Keep Calm: Plans for Sale of Russian Gov't Stake in Rosneft Remain Unchanged

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    Russia's deputy prime minister confirmed that plans for selling the government's stake at the Rosneft energy company remained in force.

    GORKI (Sputnik) — Plans for the sale of a 19.5-percent government stake in Russia's Rosneft oil company remain on track, First Deputy Prime Minster Igor Shuvalov said Wednesday.

    "We are preparing for sale of 19.5 percent of shares. Everything is on track," Shuvalov told reporters.

    The Russian 2016 economic development plan specifies partial privatization of state assets to support budget revenue, which has suffered due to falling oil prices.

    Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said earlier on Wednesday that the government hopes to receive funds from Rosneft privatization into this year's budget.

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