MOSCOW, August 1 - RAPSI. A commercial court in the Republic of Khakassia has set February 6, 2013, as the date to hear the lawsuit by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg's SUAL Partners Ltd against RUSAL Global Management B.V. and Oleg Deripaska, the court spokesperson told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Wednesday.
The plaintiff seeks to obligate the codefendants to compensate the losses inflicted by Department of Temporary Operation, which operates the bridge over the Abakan river that collapsed in May 2011. SUAL Partners are also claiming for payment from the Ingosstrakh and Alliance insurance companies worth 1.773 billion rubles ($54.99 million).
Ingosstrakh, Alliance, the Department of Temporary Operation, RUSAL pls and Russian Aluminum are third parties in the lawsuit.
There were no victims following the bridge collapse. The Sibmost bridge construction company reported in April 2012, that it had reconstructed the bridge. It is via this bridge that raw materials are supplied to RUSAL Sayanogorsk Aluminum Plant.
Sual Partners, owned by Viktor Vekselberg and Leonard Blovatnik, holds a 15.8 percent stake in Rusal. Rusal is the world's leading aluminum producer. It accounts for roughly 10 percent of the world's aluminum production and 10 percent of alum earth production. Rusal has production assets in 19 countries and sells its products in Europe, North America and South-Eastern Asia.
Ingosstrakh is a leading insurance company, operating on international and domestic markets since 1947. It has offices in 220 Russian cities and towns, as well as subsidiaries and representative offices abroad.
The Alliance construction company was established in 1991. Allianz New Europe Holding GMBH, a subsidiary of leading insurer Allianz SE in Central and Eastern Europe, holds the controlling stake (100 percent minus one share) in the company.