MOSCOW Dec 20 President Vladimir Putin said he
hopes the tycoons selling out of TNK-BP will reinvest
the proceeds from Russia's largest ever takeover deal back into
the country, but he would not force them to do so.
Rosneft this month finalised a deal to buy half of
the Anglo-Russian oil firm for $28 billion from AAR, a
consortium of four billionaires - Mikhail Fridman, German Khan,
Viktor Vekselberg and Len Blavatnik.
"I hope that they will invest the proceeds in the Russian
economy," Putin said in answer to a question at a news
conference broadcast live to the nation on Thursday.
"If they are the legitmate owners, receiving this money
legally, they can invest it where they want," he added.
The quartet will receive cash on completion of the deal,
which should win a green light from Russian and European
regulators in the first half of 2013.
British oil firm BP is also selling its one-half
stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft, the state-controlled oil major, for
$27 billion in cash and stock, valuing the entire takeover at
The transaction could add to chronic capital outflows from
Russia, an issue that Putin highlighted in his annual
state-of-the-nation address last week.
In his speech, Putin called for the "de-offshorisation" of
Russian business and said officials and their relatives should
be banned from opening foreign bank accounts and owning