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Alexander Lebedev May Buy KBC’s Absolut Bank, Kommersant Says

August 03, 2012

Alexander Lebedev, a Russian billionaire, may buy ZAO Absolut Bank from Belgium’s KBC Groep NV (KBC) for 600 million euros ($730 million), Kommersant reported, citing three unidentified people familiar with the matter.

Lebedev didn’t confirm that he plans to buy the bank, and KBC declined to comment, the newspaper said.

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