Sberbank has sent out proposals to major debt collecting agencies about participating in a tender to buy retail debts, Interfax reported, citing an article in Kommersant.
Sources from the collections industry told Kommersant that the proposal had been received a few days ago and the amount of principal debt was about 8 billion rubles ($275 million).
The debt being offered for sale is mostly on unsecured retail loans. Bids for participation in the tender are being accepted until the end of February. A top manager from Sberbank confirmed that the bank was planning a tender and said that with penalties, the volume of debt offered would exceed 10 billion rubles.