Having ignored his banking interests in favour of oil and metals, one

of Russia’s oligarchs has now discovered the cash cow that is retail

banking. Ben Aris writes.

Vladimir Potanin ignored his bank until a few months ago. One of

Russia’s classic seven oligarchs that came to the fore in the 1990s and

the owner of Interros industrial group, he was concentrating on

developing his core metallurgical companies such as Norilsk Nickel.

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