8 Sep 2010 12:51

Kerimov denies visiting Uralkali this week

MOSCOW. Sept 8 (Interfax) - An assistant to Russian billionaire and Federation Council Senator Suleiman Kerimov, the leading shareholder in fertilizer maker Uralkali , has denied that Kerimov visited the Berezniki-based company this week to meet with officials from Rio Tinto.

Kerimov has been located in Moscow all week engaged in his duties as senator, Alexei Krasovsky told Interfax.

It was reported earlier, citing sources close to Uralkali and its shareholders, that Kerimov led a delegation to Berezniki on Monday. At that time a delegation from Rio Tinto was also visiting Uralkali. Rio Tinto is reportedly interested in acquiring a 10%-15% stake in Uralkali.

Kerimov, Filaret Galchev and Alexander Nesis purchased a controlling stake in Uralkali from Dmitry Rybolovlev in June 2010. Kerimov acquired a blocking stake.