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NEWS: Austrian officials warn Raiffeisen off Russian oligarch deal, sources say

By Francesco Canepa and John O’Donnell

Austrian authorities have urged Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) to drop a deal linked to a Russian oligarch fearing a backlash from the United States, people familiar with the matter said, a blow to RBI’s plans to unlock funds stranded in Russia.

RBI RBIV.VI, the biggest Western bank in Russia, wants to buy a stake in construction group Strabag linked to Oleg Deripaska for 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion), a contested deal that has renewed international pressure on the Austrian lender.

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