FT: Arkady Rotenberg is considering the purchase of a stake in Aeroflot

MOSCOW, March 9. Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg is considering buying the state’s 25% stake in the airline Aeroflot, according to the newspaper British newspaper Financial times citing three sources familiar with the situation.

The publication notes that currently the price of the package is estimated at $9.7 billion. the newspaper’s Source said that the leadership of “Aeroflot” aware of the intentions of Rothenberg.

In turn, the press service of the businessman has denied the information about buying. “We have no plans to buy a stake in “Aeroflot”, – told the newspaper a representative of Rotenberg.

Press-service “Aeroflot” has refrained from any comments. “Do not comment”, – said the official representative of the airline.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 1 February held a meeting on privatization of state property, on which, in particular, was attended by the head of “Aeroflot” Vitaly Saveliev. The head of state has demanded to carry out privatization in a transparent and not to sell state blocks of shares at bargain prices. The new owners of the assets, he said, should be in Russian jurisdiction.

Currently the main shareholder of “Aeroflot” is the state represented by the Federal property management Agency, which controls 51.17% stake in the airline.