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Business news, 13.01.2006 13:09

Sibur Moves To Petersburg

sibur_gazprom January 1 saw Gazprom-controlled ‘Sibur,’ the country’s largest petrochemical holding, begin work with a new judicial address in the northern capital. Local authorities anticipate Sibur to contribute around 2.5 billion rubles ($87.7 million) a year to the city budget.

According to Sibur representative Gennady Fedotov, the company was previously registered in Salekhard Yamal-Nenetsky Autonomous District, and the Sibur Holding office will stay in Moscow.

Fedotov said that Sibur pays about 10 billion rubles a year to budgets on all levels, but refused to say how much would stay in St. Petersburg.

A representative of the city’s legislative budget-finance committee, Vladimir Barkanov, affirmed that in 2006 the city could already expect Sibur to pay 2.5 billion rubles in taxes.

“The company will not move its operational activities, nor do they own any property in the city,” Barkanov said.

Barkanov considered the reregistration of Sibur to be the result of an agreement between governor Valentina Matviyenko, and the director of Gazprom, Alexei Miller.

According to the head of tax practice at Pepeliaev, Goltsblat and Partners’ St. Petersburg branch, Maria Andreyeva, the tax code states that the local part of profit-related tax is divided between those regions where the company is registered and carries out its activities. By this coefficient the division depends on the amount of office workers and property.

“If Sibur doesn’t move its head office, then city authorities will be in for a big disappointment,” Andreyeva said.

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