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Norilsk Says Rusal’s Board Nominee Burt Withdraws Candidacy

December 12, 2008

OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s biggest mining company, said Tye Burt, nominated as a candidate for a board seat, withdrew his candidacy.

Burt, chief executive officer of Kinross Gold Corp., sent a letter to Norilsk Chairman Vladimir Potanin and Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Strzhalkovsky saying he changed his mind “in light of recent developments,” Moscow-based Norilsk said today in an e-mailed statement.

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who heads Fiat SpA, dropped his candidacy yesterday. Montezemolo and Burt were nominated to the 13-strong board by United Co. Rusal, the second-biggest shareholder in Norilsk after Potanin.

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