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Mystery Woman Is Sberbank's Biggest Shareholder

A woman “nobody knows” has become the largest shareholder of state-run Sberbank after doubling her stake in a year, deputy chief executive Bella Zlatkis said Wednesday.

Her name is Oksana Ozornina “and it looks like she’s a wealthy woman,” Zlatkis said. Ozornina’s 0.9 percent stake is worth about 15 billion rubles ($481 million), Zlatkis said. “She is not revealing her identity publicly and doesn’t live in Moscow, as far as I understand.”

Nikolai Maximov, founder of scrap-metal processor Maxi-Group, has a wife named Oksana Ozornina, according to Ural Mountains-based news service Ura.ru.

In March, Vedomosti reported that Maximov and an unidentified partner used an $800 million credit line from VTB Group to boost their combined stake in Sberbank to 4 percent through various investment companies.

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