Russia to allocate half $ 7.8 million to Deripaska’s plant to fight garbage-pollution in Africa
The GAZ Group will deliver 200 trucks to Sierra Leone free of charge.
Sierra Leone, a country rich in diamonds, asked Russia for 200 garbage trucks on the GAZ-3309 chassis, which would cost the budget 455.6 million rubles ($ 7.8), Baza reports. The main shareholder of the supplier, Commercial Vehicles - GAZ Group, is billionaire Oleg Deripaska, whose structures have repeatedly asked the government for financial assistance.
It is assumed that Russia will supply the African country not only the garbage trucks, but also pay for spare parts, warranty service and transportation. The situation with garbage in Sierra Leone is supposedly critical.
In April, the GAZ Group asked the Russian government for almost 30 billion rubles ($ 473 million), citing the risks of production cuts by 40% and default. In May, Deripaska’s En+ group asked the government for benefits in the energy market. In June, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov offered the government to instruct VEB.RF to issue a loan of 100 million euros to GAZ Group for the implementation of its projects in Cuba.
Deripaska’s structures were under the US sanctions until the billionaire reduced their shares in them. In January, the US Treasury Department lifted sanctions on En+ and Rusal, but not on the GAZ Group.