* Merger will create Russia's potash mining giant
* Acron challenged the deal in court
MOSCOW, Feb 18 Russian fertiliser producer,
Acron (AKRN.MM), is asking Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the
country's most influential politician, to block a merger between
two potash producers, business daily Vedomosti wrote on Friday.
Acron has unsuccessfully challenged the deal between potash
companies Silvinit SILV.MM and Uralkali URKAq.L in court.
A merger of Silvinit and Uralkali to create a Russian
potash mining giant was engineered by billionaire tycoon
Suleiman Kerimov, who bought controlling stakes in both
companies alongside associates last summer.
Potash, a key ingredient in fertiliser, has emerged as a
valuable commodity in a world struggling to feed a growing
population while battling droughts and floods.
Vedomosti said Acron's president, Ivan Antonov, sent Putin a
letter where it asks him to stop the deal. It also applied to
the anti-monopoly watchdog in an attempt to block the merger.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)