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SBD Global/August 4, 2014/International Football
Russian Premier League Boss Awakens Feud With Claim RFS Is Nearly Bankrupt
Published August 4, 2014
HINTS OF TROUBLE: Igor Vladimirov, head of RFS' information policy department, told SBD Global, "We won't respond to these accusations." However, he declined to comment on the organization's finances. Meanwhile, RFS is widely believed to have had financial problems since its sponsor contract with the natural gas giant Gazprom expired in late '12 and was not renewed. The arrival of smaller sponsors, such as the country's second largest gas producer, Novatek, and Chinese telecom company Huawei, has apparently failed to completely compensate for the loss of the Gazprom deal. Relations between RFPL and RFS have been strained since Nikolai Tolstykh was elected the latter organization's president in 2012. Incidentally, Pryadkin worked at RFS for several years and held the No. 2 position of general director before moving to the RFPL.
Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.