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VimpelCom Russia CEO resigns

Jaclyn Jaeger | September 6, 2016

Mikhail Slobodin, chief executive officer of VimpelCom Russia, will resign with immediate effect amid a corruption probe.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s chief investigative body, this week announced that it has detained Slobodin regarding bribery allegations with his prior employer, T Plus. The investigation concerns suspicious payments of over 800 million rubles (US$12.3 million).

Kjell Johnsen, head of major markets, will lead VimpelCom’s business in Russia with immediate effect. Johnsen, who joined VimpelCom to lead its major markets in August, has international expertise in senior roles across a variety of industries, with responsibility for markets such as Russia, Scandinavia, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Amsterdam-based telecommunications company Vimpelcom is...

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