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(Corrects to remove Interfax tax-rate calculations in last two paragraphs after news service changes estimates.)
Russia’s Finance Ministry proposed linking the natural-gas extraction tax to increases in the regulated domestic price for the fuel, according to a copy of draft amendments on its website.
Producers other than OAO Gazprom, which owns the country’s pipelines, would get a discounted rate, according to the document. The government has planned to raise average regulated gas prices for industrial consumers by 15 percent a year.
The tax rate for so-called independent producers would gradually near Gazprom’s, Interfax said.
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