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Accelerating startup platform will be created in Kumertau

Economy/Business

An acceleration platform for the development of innovative developments will appear in the city of Kumertau, the press service of the Ministry of Digital Development of the region reported.

This decision was made following the results of the Startup Day held in Kumertau.

Technopark "Qvantolab" was chosen as a place for innovative activity, where inventors and entrepreneurs can get advice, find mentors and experts, learn about state financial support programs and find investors for starting and developing a business.

“During the Startup Day, the idea of ​​creating such a center was supported by the Kumertau business community,” said Alevtina Dautova, press secretary of the Ministry of Digital Development of Public Administration of Bashkiria.

The business event in this southern city of the republic became part of the program to support technology entrepreneurs, launched at the request of the Ministry of Digital Industry.

Startup Day brought together students, developers, entrepreneurs, programmers, engineers wishing to develop in the field of information technology, and entrepreneurship on one site.

Each of them was able to present their project here and ask questions to successful businessmen, investors, government officials, accelerator experts during group and individual consultations.

Besides, they were able to participate in seminars and masterclasses on measures to support IT startups in the republic.

In turn, the experts shared their successful experience in the implementation of innovative developments, talked about programs for financial support for startups, ways to use digital technologies in various business sectors, new systems, and projects in the field of digital technologies.

“Based on the results of Startup Day, the experts of the regional acceleration program have selected several projects for intensive individual work. The authors of the best startups will be able to receive grants and investments, as well as to implement their ideas in partnership with large companies,” Alevtina Dautova noted.

The detailed information and application form is presented here.

The Regional Acceleration Program (RAP) for IT projects was launched by order of the Ministry of Digital Industry of Bashkiria as part of the implementation of the Digital Technologies federal project of the Digital Economy national program.

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Prosecutor General's Office forwarded materials on BSC shares alienation to Investigative Committee

Politics

The Prosecutor General's Office of Russia checked the legality of the alienation of state shares in Bashkir Soda Company.

During the check, violations of the legislation on privatization and facts of malpractice were revealed. The materials were sent to the Investigative Committee of Russia to consider the issue of initiating a criminal case against officials of regional authorities.

“The transfer of rights to the named property complexes was made against the will of the Russian Federation. In order to protect the interests of the state, the General Prosecutor's Office has filed a claim to the Arbitration Court of the Republic of Bashkortostan to reclaim property from someone else's illegal possession,” the press service of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office reports.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin instructed to check the legality of the transfer of state shares to private owners.

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Tourism industry turnover fell by 75% in Bashkiria

Economy/Business

In Bashkiria, the volume of paid services to the population in January — July 2020 decreased in almost all industries, Bashkortostan Statistics Agency informs.

The tourism industry was the worst affected: revenues fell by 75% compared to January-July 2019 and amounted to 400.7 million rubles.

The revenues of cultural institutions decreased by almost 55% (711.6 million rubles).

The hotel business fell by 57% (RUB 673.7 million).

Transport revenues decreased by 48.5% (RUB 13.29 million).

Less affected were veterinary (-8%, 275.5 million rubles), legal (-5%, 939.2 million rubles), educational (-14%, 14 billion rubles) institutions.

Utilities received minimal damage from lockdown measures (-2%, 30.6 billion rubles). The income of housing companies fell by 20% (8.9 billion rubles).

Postal and courier services increased their income by 0.4% (534.6 million rubles), but their share in the total structure of paid services — 0.4% (increased by 0.1% compared to seven months of 2019).

In general, the volume of paid services decreased by 23% and amounted to about 122.4 billion rubles.

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Radiy Khabirov: "Bashkiria does not plan to resell controlling stake in BSC"

Politics

The republic does not plan to resell the shares of the Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) if the stake is increased to a controlling one. One of the largest enterprises in the republic will remain under state control. The Head of the Republic Radiy Khabirov stated it in an interview with RBC.

As we reported earlier, the republic is no longer considering the option of buying out the block of shares in BSC — the main owners did not responded to the official offer. The main option for regaining control over the enterprise is now to invalidate the 2007 and 2013 transactions to dilute the controlling stake, as a result of which the republic reduced its stake from 62% to 38%.

According to Radiy Khabirov, the story began in 2007-2008, and "those shareholders who are now the majority shareholders of Bashkir Soda Company began purposeful siphoning off funds. It led to losing the controlling stake by the republic. The Ministry of Land and Property Relations of Bashkiria has already sent a statement to the prosecutor's office that we consider this transaction illegal and unfair, and the republic has suffered damage accordingly. According to preliminary calculations, these are tens of billions of rubles."

On behalf of Vladimir Putin, the Prosecutor General's Office is investigating the materials. In his speech at a government meeting, the head of state noted that the controlling stake in the Bashkir Soda Company belonged to private owners, but the money earned by the company was hardly ever invested in its development and did not stay in the region.

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Chishminsky sugar plant is preparing to increase processing of raw materials

Economy/Business

The Chishminsky sugar plant is ready to accept the new harvest. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of Bashkiria, the enterprise plans to process 680 thousand tons of sugar beet — 50 thousand more than last season.

The plant is completing the reconstruction of the granulated pulp plant. It will be able to dry the entire volume of sugar production waste, from which valuable feed for animal husbandry is made. It is planned to produce 25 thousand tons of pellets, of which 12 thousand tons are intended for export.

Last season, 4 thousand tons of pulp, 1.5 thousand tons of molasse, 40 thousand tons of sugar were exported out of 89 thousand tons produced. The products were purchased by the Baltic countries and Central Asia.

The last processing season for the plant was distinguished by its duration (165 days) and the lowest prices for sugar in the domestic market.

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Ufa will host Interregional Cultural and Historical Festival "International Victory"

Culture

Ufa will host the Interregional Cultural and Historical Festival "International Victory", dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. It is held within the framework of the grant of the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan for the development of civil society in 2020.

At least 12 events will be held within the framework of the festival, the largest of which is the Cultural and Historical Marathon "International Victory".

“The marathon will highlight the decisive role of the multinational Red Army in the defeat of Nazism, the heroism of the multinational Soviet people, including the 112th Bashkir Cavalry Division, a unit created to participate in the Great Patriotic War on a national-regional basis. Within the framework of the marathon, presentations of public associations dedicated to the contribution of the peoples of the USSR to the Victory in the form of exhibitions and performances will take place," said Valentina Latypova, project manager, director of the non-profit organization for the development of social and cultural initiatives" Center for Intercultural Partnership ".

The festival will open at the Republican Museum of Military Glory on September 2. It will host exhibitions dedicated to the participation of the Bashkir people in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, prepared by public Bashkir national-cultural associations and historical and cultural centers of Bashkortostan. The program also includes greetings from guests of honor and performances by amateur groups.

At the end of the festival, the International Victory Cup will be handed over to the Assembly of Russians in Bashkortostan.

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Radiy Khabirov: "Buy-out offer is no longer relevant for BSC"

Politics

The republican authorities are no longer considering the possibility of buying out part of the shares from the main owners of the Bashkir Soda Company. The Head of Bashkiria Radiy Khabirov stated it in an interview with RBC. The main option for regaining control over the enterprise is now the recognition of illegal transactions of 2007 and 2013 to dilute the controlling stake, as a result of which the republic reduced its stake in the company from 62% to 38%.

The Head of Bashkiria, Radiy Khabirov, proposed to return to the republic a control over the Bashkir Soda Company (BSC), increasing the republic's share in the authorized capital to a controlling stake. Now the republic owns 38.28%.

On August 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the conflict around the BSC having named the situation “siphoning off money uncontrollably and with no investment obligations”. The Russian President said that the controlling stake in Bashkir Soda Company belonged to private owners, but “the money earned by the company is hardly ever invested in its development and does not stay in the region. Considering that the company’s total revenue in 2019 was about 45 billion rubles, only 2.5 billion was invested. Where did the money go? It went to offshore accounts, of course.”

The head of state instructed the Prosecutor General’s Office to investigate the legality of the deal that resulted in the state losing control over these assets.

Prosecutors are already conducting the check. The republic's leadership provided them with all the documents on the transactions of 2007-2013. The damage from the privatization of Soda is estimated, according to preliminary calculations, at several tens of billions of rubles.

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"The First Republic" film was awarded statuette of Interregional Film Award "Altyn Telinke"

Culture

The feature film "The First Republic" by Bulat Yusupov was awarded the statuette of the 1st Interregional Film Award "Altyn Telinke" ("Golden Plate"). The ceremony of awarding the laureates took place on the Day of Russian Cinema, August 27, in the cultural center "Saydash" with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The film "The First Republic" was awarded in the nominations "Audience Award" and "Frame by Frame" — for the work of costume designer Aliya Bayramgulova.

More than 300 works from all over Russia were submitted for the film award.

The film won in the "Audience Award" nomination according to the results of the first stage of voting on the prize website and was awarded a cash prize of 300 thousand rubles. The honoring of the winner took place within the framework of the first award stage "Altyn Telinke" on December 27, 2019, on the International Day of Cinema.

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Arkada received approval of Expert Council for creation of garment factory in Alga SEZ

Economy/Business

The Arkada company received the approval of the Expert Council for the implementation of an investment project to create a garment factory in the Alga SEZ. The project for the creation of a modern garment factory that produces workwear was presented by the Deputy Director of the company Evgeny Romanov.

Production enterprise Arkada LLC was created for the implementation of an investment project and was registered in Ishimbay in December 2019. The company expects to receive the site No. 1 of the Alga SEZ (3.2 hectares). The total cost of creating a factory from scratch is 680 million rubles, including project — 6 million rubles, 240 million rubles. — equipment, construction, and commissioning — 234 million. The company invests 240 million rubles of own funds and 440 million rubles of borrowed funds. It expects to complete the investment phase and begin work in September 2021. The company plans to purchase equipment that will make it possible to produce a wide range of protective clothing with special properties — suits, signal vests, waterproof raincoats, uniforms, clothing for work in low temperatures.

The company signed an agreement with Anastasia Zadorina, owner of the Zasport brand, which has been producing equipment for the Russian Olympic team since 2017.

For ten years of project implementation (until 2029), Arkada plans to gain a net discounted income of 2.2 billion rubles, and receive revenue in the amount of 18 billion rubles, net profit — 3.5 billion rubles. These calculations show that cash flows will be sufficient to cover investments and make a profit. The discounted payback period is about 4 years.

To date, the company has invested 10.5 million rubles of preparatory work — a pre-design plan, engineering and geodetic surveys, the temporary connection of electricity from a machine-tool plant. After obtaining resident status and permission for land work, the company is ready to start construction.

According to the head of the Expert Council, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Government Office of Bashkiria, Ilshat Tazhitdinov, the construction of the Alga SEZ is carried out in accordance with the "road map". Agreements of intent were signed with nine investors for projects worth RUB 25 billion. “This year the SEZ should have at least five residents, in 2023 — at least 10. This year, it is necessary to invest at least 100 million rubles in fixed assets and create 30 jobs. After 2023, 1,300 jobs should appear, the volume of investments is planned for 20 billion rubles, taxes to the budget of the Russian Federation — at least 5 billion,” the official reminded of the planned indicators of the Special Economic Zone. Until 2025, the regional budget undertook to invest 6.33 billion rubles in the creation of the infrastructure of the Alga SEZ.

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Tatarstan President thanked Radiy Khabirov for attention to cultural needs of Tatars

Politics

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov thanked the Head of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov for his attention to the spiritual and cultural needs of the Tatars, as well as for strengthening interethnic relations.

A working meeting of the leaders of the two republics took place in Kazan on August 27.

It was also attended by representatives of the state authorities of the two regions. The leaders of the twin republics discussed the prospects for strengthening interregional cooperation in the fields of economy, education, and culture.

Rustam Minnikhanov thanked Radiy Khabirov for his attention to the development of comprehensive cooperation between the republics.

“Tatarstan and Bashkortostan have developed a true brotherly friendship for a long time. Our peoples are united by a common history, culture, national traditions, a single religion, the similarity of languages​​, and the similarity of economic interests,” Rustam Minnikhanov stated.

The President of Tatarstan recalled that last year the heads of the regions signed a new agreement on cooperation between the republics and an action plan for its implementation for 2019-2021. Tatarstan enterprises are successfully developing partnerships with colleagues from Bashkortostan.

The President of Tatarstan noted that many Tatars live in Bashkortostan and expressed gratitude to Radiy Khabirov for attention to their cultural and spiritual needs, strengthening of interethnic relations. In turn, all the necessary conditions have been created in Tatarstan for the preservation and development of the spiritual culture of the Bashkirs living here.

The Head of Bashkortostan congratulated the residents of Tatarstan on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the TASSR, noting that the republic had passed an impressive path of development.

“Today Tatarstan is one of the most dynamically developing regions of Russia. Our republics have great opportunities for further cooperation and development of trade and economic cooperation,” said Radiy Khabirov. “The largest oil and gas producing and petrochemical enterprises of Tatarstan are actively working with Bashkir suppliers. The figures indicate an increase in trade turnover, which is about 34 billion rubles. I hope that such meetings will contribute to the further development of mutual trade ”.

Radiy Khabirov thanked Rustam Minnikhanov for supporting the project to erect a monument to the national poet of Bashkortostan Mustai Karim in Kazan.

He also noted that an important political event awaits Tatarstan in September — the election of the President of the republic.

“I believe that the residents of Tatarstan can really be proud of their leader for his work, which allows Tatarstan to move forward,” the Head of Bashkortostan said.

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Radiy Khabirov and Rustam Minnikhanov walked along Lake Kaban in Kazan

Politics

Head of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov and President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov visited today the embankment of Lake Kaban and saw the progress of reconstruction of one of the favorite recreation places of Kazan citizens. The excursion along the embankment was conducted by the assistant to the President of Tatarstan Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova.

She said that the Kaban Lake system is a unique natural monument and the largest lake system in terms of water area (193 hectares) in Tatarstan. The embankment is being improved as part of the program for the development of public spaces in Tatarstan, the press service of the President of Tatarstan explained.

In May, a section on Mardzhani Street from the monument to Shigabutdin Mardzhani to Tatarstan Street was opened for citizens. In this territory, there is a lower deck near the Kamal theater, a boat rental, a developed pedestrian zone, and a bicycle trail.

This year the second stage of reconstruction is being completed. Several more cascades of phyto-treatment facilities, a multifunctional rowing school, a barbecue area, and a sports pier for functional training will be equipped.

Rustam Minnikhanov and Radiy Khabirov walked along the landscaped embankment, examined art objects, talked to vacationers, including tourists from Ufa, and also went down to the cascade of aquatic plants and a wooden pier.

Earlier in Kazan, the heads of the two regions took part in the unveiling of the Mustai Karim monument.

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Number of seriously ill COVID-19 has increased in Bashkiria

Society

The number of cases of the coronavirus infection in Bashkiria increased by 33 people per day and reached 7,667, the regional Ministry of Health informs.

6,859 people have been discharged as recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, 39 of them over the past day.

Today, there are 72 people infected with the coronavirus in hospitals in cities and regions of the republic, 10 of them are in serious condition.

Another 708 people with a mild form of COVID-19 are treated on an outpatient basis.

"No new deaths from COVID-19 have been registered, the number of deaths is still 28 people," the Ministry of Health of Bashkiria stressed.

As for the patients with community-acquired pneumonia identified in the last day, their number has increased to 82 people. 113 patients were discharged as recovered during the same time.

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Monument to People's Poet of Bashkortostan Mustai Karim was opened in Kazan

Society

Today in Kazan, in the park named after Mustai Karim, at the intersection of the Orenburgsky tract and Daurskaya streets, the unveiling ceremony of the monument to the Hero of Socialist Labor, People's Poet of Bashkortostan Mustai Karim took place. The guests of the celebration were the Heads of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan — Rustam Minnikhanov and Radiy Khabirov.

Its author was the chairman of the Union of Artists of the country, People's Artist of Russia, sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk. Today he was awarded the gratitude of the President of Tatarstan, and also received the state award of Bashkortostan — the Order of Friendship of Peoples.

According to Radiy Khabirov, the monument will forever become a symbol of prosperity and forward movement of the two republics for the good of Russia.

Rustam Minnikhanov awarded Radiy Khabirov a medal for the 100th anniversary of the formation of the TASSR for his contribution to strengthening relations between the two republics.

The poet's grandson Timerbulat Karimov said that his grandfather's love for Tatarstan began in childhood when he listened to the poems of Gabdulla Tukai.

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FC Ufa lost to Kazan Rubin with 0:3 score

Sport

Yesterday the football club "Ufa" in the match of the 5th round of the Tinkoff RPL met with FC Rubin. The match took place in Kazan at the Ak Bars Arena stadium and ended with the defeat of our team — 3:0. The first half ended goallessly.

During the break, Rubin's coach Leonid Slutsky made a double substitution. Denis Makarov scored a double (46th, 59th minutes) for the winners of the match in the second half, and the rookie of the team, the midfielder of the South Korean national team Hwang In Bom scored once (47).

FC Ufa will play the next match at home, on August 30. Ufa players will meet with Moscow Dynamo at the "Neftyanik" stadium.

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BSC state share alienation is under personal control of Prosecutor General RF

Politics

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, on the instructions of the country's President Vladimir Putin, began checking the alienation of state shares in the Bashkir Soda Company. This was reported by TASS with reference to the official representative of the supervisory agency, Andrey Ivanov.

On Wednesday, at a meeting with the government, the head of state instructed the Cabinet of Ministers and the leadership of the Republic of Bashkortostan to sort out the situation with the Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) and withdrawal of money to offshores.

“The Prosecutor General's Office of Russia has organized a check on the legality of reducing the state's share in the largest enterprise in the industry — the Bashkir Soda Company. A consistent and fair assessment will be given to the actions of all persons involved in transactions with shares of the enterprise, as a result of which the state has lost control over it, ”Andrey Ivanov told the newspaper.

Based on the results of the check, the issue of taking measures to return the property complex to the state will be resolved.

Its implementation is under the personal control of the Prosecutor General of Russia Igor Krasnov.

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We estimate damage from BSC privatization at tens of billion rubles - Khabirov

Economy/Business

The losses from the privatization of Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) is estimated, according to preliminary calculations, at several tens of billion rubles. This was announced on the air of the Russia-24 TV channel by the Head of Bashkiria Radiy Khabirov.

According to him, a special legal counseling group has been organized under the government of the republic, which studies the essence of transactions. Besides, a statement has already been sent to the Prosecutor's Office of Bashkiria about causing damage to the republic's budget.

The controlling stake in the enterprise belongs to several individuals (the beneficiaries were Dmitry Pyatkin, Albert Kharisov, Viktor Islamov, Sergei Chernikov), the profits were transferred to offshore companies, and practically nothing was invested in the development of the enterprise.

According to Radiy Khabirov, the story is developing so far. The enterprise was offered civilized ways to solve the problem, however, after it became known about the ban on the Kushtau development, there were reports of possible job cuts in the BSC team.

“The conflict around the Shikhan Kushtau ended due to the solidarity support of the inhabitants of Bashkiria, who strongly opposed the Shikhan exploitation. Then it became clear that the mountain cannot be used as a raw material base,” said Radiy Khabirov.

Let us remind you that Vladimir Putin instructed the Prosecutor General's Office to check the legality of the company’s privatization transaction.

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Vladimir Putin instructed to check situation with Bashkir Soda Company

Economy/Business

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the situation around the Bashkir Soda Company. “The company I have just mentioned has a majority stake owned by individuals. No money is invested in development, no money remains in the region,” he said at a meeting with the government, REN TV reports. The head of state noted that with a revenue of 45 billion rubles, only 2.5 billion rubles were spent on investment purposes. Vladimir Putin said that the money did not stay in the region but was channeled offshore.

“First of all, you have to think about people, about jobs and the social sphere, and the uncontrolled money-making without any obligations is such a sad story,” the Russian president said.

The head of the state instructed the government and leaders of the republic to investigate the situation in detail and then propose a solution. He also instructed the prosecutor's office to check the deal, as a result of which the state lost control over the assets.

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M Sintez will build plant in Alga SEZ to produce cetane improver additives for diesel fuel

Economy/Business

Ishimbay M Sintez LLC defended its project for the production of a cetane improver additives for diesel fuels in the territory of the Alga Special Economic Zone. The application was considered and approved by the Expert Council in the government of Bashkiria. The company will soon receive official resident status and the tax benefits it entails. The project was presented by the director of the company Alexey Balyanov, a major specialist in the field of petro-chemistry.

He explained that the location of the Alga SEZ was strategically important for the future plant — the main supplier of raw materials, Gazprom neftekhim Salavat, and the sales market are located nearby. “Out of 24 Russian refineries, most of them are located nearby — the refineries of Ufa, Salavat, the central part of the country,” the M Sintez CEO said.

After reaching full capacity (Q2 2023), the company plans to occupy 30-40% of the domestic diesel additive market. 20% of the diesel additives market is imported, mainly from Poland and the USA. Another growth driver is the transition of diesel fuel to the Euro-6 standard — the cetane number increases from 51 to 55.

The equipment for the new plant will be supplied by the German company Joseph Meister, which has built more than 500 similar plants in various countries since the 70s. “The technology was chosen for reasons of reliability and safety, the stability of regimes, economic calculations,” explained Alexey Balyanov.

At the moment, M Sintez has agreed with the government of the Federal Republic of Germany the import of equipment, and soon the supplier will start manufacturing the order. According to the plan, construction should begin in the summer of 2021 on site No. 3 with a square area of ​​23 hectares.

The plant will need not only electricity, gas, and water but also transport infrastructure: it is planned to build railway and automobile loading and unloading racks.

M Sintez plans to produce 30 thousand tons of products per year, which will require 25 thousand tons of 2-ethyl hexanol (produced only by "GNS" and the Perm plant "Sibur") and 12 thousand tons of nitric acid.

The cost of the project is 5.57 billion rubles, of which the project — 580 million, equipment — 2.3 billion, construction — 1.7 billion, commissioning — 400 million. M Sintez will invest 1.6 billion rubles of own funds, plans to borrow 3. 9 billion rubles at Gazprombank. Germany's Commerzbank will finance the European part of the project. The transaction is insured by the Euler Hermes export insurance agency.

The company expects to receive a yield of 18% at a discount rate of 12.5%. Net discounted income for 15 years is assumed to be 1 billion rubles. In 2024, M Sintez will be able to contribute 355.7 million rubles of tax deductions to the republican treasury.

M Sintez LLC was established in March 2019 to implement an investment project. The founder of the company is "M Industry" LLC of Moscow businessman Alexei Matyushov.

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