Adidas Closes Stores in Russia

The world’s second largest manufacturer of sporting goods, the German Adidas Group announced its financial results for 2014. This is stated in the press release of the company.

The company’s sales grew by 2.3% at the end of the year, up to 14.5 billion, In particular, thanks to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, gross profit decreased by 1.1%, to $6.9 billion.

Adidas Group CEO Herbert Heiner also commented to journalists on the company’s results in Russia in 2014.

The closure of 200 stores is due to the difficult economic situation in Russia, which affected the company’s financial results. First, Adidas experienced a decline in consumer activity. Secondly, despite the fact that the profit in rubles grew by 20%, the exchange rate difference leveled the final results. At the end of the year, due to changes in the exchange rate, the company lost more than 550 million euros in Russia.

The crisis has also forced a rethink of plans to develop the Russian retail chain Adidas, which includes more than 1000 stores. Heiner told reporters that the company will optimize the network: to reduce costs Adidas closes stores in Russia, namely, 200 outlets will be closed or temporarily shut down. Some of them will close due to unprofitability, some – to update the design. At the same time, Adidas plans to open 100 new stores.

Adidas does not want to lose the loyalty of Russian customers, heiner says, so the prices of the company’s products will be increased only by 10-15% depending on the type of goods, which is less than the real fall in the value of the ruble. In sales of sports equipment in Russia, Adidas takes the first place, its subsidiary Reebok – the third.

Kabaeva gave birth to her third child from Putin

The Swiss media write that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not appear in public for several days due to the fact that he allegedly had a child.

According to the Blick tabloid, local residents of the canton of Ticino reported that a famous Russian gymnast, former deputy of the State Duma of Russia Alina Kabaeva came to the clinic of St. rumors).

Earlier, the media have repeatedly reported that Kabaeva already has two children and now Kabaeva has given birth to a third child. These data remained unconfirmed, and the 31-year-old athlete herself denied such reports.

The publication notes that the clinic of St. Anne is known for its gynecological department, many rich Russian women allegedly came here for treatment and give birth, and this medical institution distributes its advertising and information materials, including in Russian.
European publications on the birth of Kabaeva’s third child

“Half of the canton is already talking about this: Putin’s friend Alina Kabaeva a few days ago registered at the St. Anne’s Clinic in the city of Sorengo to give birth to a baby,” writes Blick, pointing out that Kabaeva has also not shown up at work since March 6.

Local edition of Cathon Ticino Ticinonews writes with reference to its sources that Kabaeva’s third child has already been born. It is reported that while Kabaeva was in the clinic, Putin was visiting friends.

“Well-informed sources report that Vladimir Putin and his girlfriend came to Ticino last week, but not to visit, but just before the birth of a child. The woman stayed in the clinic while Putin was a guest with friends. Both were also spotted in Lugano, among others. The couple’s third child was born at St. Anne’s Hospital in Sorengo,” the newspaper writes.

At the same time, the article notes that “it is not possible to obtain confirmation from the clinic, which has not confirmed or denied this news for understandable reasons of confidentiality.”

“But the large flow of Russian cars seen last week in Sorengo, combined with the mysterious disappearance of the president for almost ten days and his friendship with a gynecologist who works at St. Anne’s Hospital, confirm the thesis of the birth of a child,” the newspaper notes, stressing that the sex of the newborn baby is unknown.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera writes that Kabaeva gave birth to a girl, but does not link this event with Putin’s disappearance.

“This is a joyous event (birth of a child – Ed.) happened at least a couple of weeks ago, and, above all, is not connected in any way with the “suspicious” disappearance from the public scene of Putin. The Russian president was not in Ticino,” the article reads.

According to information received from Ticino RSI television, the couple had to book two rooms at the clinic. One for the newborn, the other for the family and the guards. At the beginning of the week the rooms were occupied for a few days, now they are free.

Recall that the relationship between Putin and Kabaeva was written by the Western press Of The New York Post and Paris Match. “Moscow Correspondent” also wrote about the secret wedding of Putin and Kabaeva, after which the publication closed.

In 2013, Kabaeva said in an interview with Big Sports magazine that she had no children.

The French edition of ELLE France reported that in 2008 Kabayeva gave birth to a son, without naming his father.” And in 2012, the former gymnast flew to the U.S. to give birth there in one of the clinics of the second child – a girl. Again, the Olympic champion refused to reveal her father’s name.

Gontareva said that restrictions on the foreign exchange market can be gradually removed

Since the beginning of March, the NBU has bought $579 million on the foreign exchange market to replenish international reserves, said the chairman of the National Bank Valeria Gontareva.

Administrative restrictions on the foreign exchange market will be gradually removed if the trend towards its stabilization continues.

This was stated by the chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva.

He noted that since the beginning of March, the NBU has bought $579 million to replenish international reserves, which will help stabilize the foreign exchange market without administrative restrictions in the future.

“Now we have something to support the market. In the future, these funds can be used for currency interventions in case of market volatility or panic in the population. If the trend of stabilization continues, the administrative restrictions will be gradually removed,” Gontareva said.

The head of the National Bank added that the population also continues to sell cash foreign currency to banks more than it buys. The balance of such operations since the beginning of the month amounted to almost $70 million.

Gontareva also noted that the stabilization of the situation on the currency market was facilitated by reaching an agreement with the IMF on the EFF loan.

“In accordance with this program, on March 13, the National Bank received the first tranche worth about $5 billion.

In Odessa, the prosecutor threw himself out of the window

The senior prosecutor of the Malinovsky district of Odessa on Saturday morning fell out of the window of a high-rise building and died.

This was reported in the public relations department of the Odessa regional police department.

“About 5 a.m., the police department on duty received a complaint from residents of the house 33-B on Shevchenko Avenue that the residents of the nearby apartment started an argument and shouted to prevent them from resting,” said the head of the OSO Vladimir Shablienko.

When the patrol crew drove up to the house, the police received the following message: a man fell from the 8th floor of the building.

“When examining the body of the deceased, the police found documents that testified that under unknown circumstances the senior prosecutor of the Malinovsky district of Odessa was killed. An investigative and operational police team arrived at the scene, which establishes the causes and circumstances of the death of the prosecutor’s office officer,” Colonel Shablienko concluded.

It is worth noting that the lawyer of the 3rd class Sergei Melnichuk was appointed to the post of prosecutor of the prosecutor’s office of the Malinovsky district of Odessa on June 8, 2012.

Kabaeva gave birth to a son and was already discharged from the hospital of St. Anna

Russian gymnast and former Russian State Duma deputy Alina Kabaeva went to give birth in the canton of Ticino, possibly causing the disappearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, write the tabloid Blick and the channel RSI.

The reason for the long absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be the birth of a famous Russian gymnast, former Deputy of the State Duma Alina Kabaeva, with whom the president is credited with a long affair, according to Swiss media: tabloid Blick and RSI channel.

According to Blick, local residents of the canton of Ticino reported that a few days ago Kabayeva came to give birth in the clinic of St. Anne, known for the fact that there, supposedly, come to be treated and give birth to many wealthy Russians.

The RSI channel adds that the gymnast gave birth to a son and has already been discharged from the hospital. According to the channel, two rooms were reserved in the hospital: for the woman giving birth, the family and bodyguards.

It was previously reported that Kabaeva is the mother of two children – a boy born in 2008 and a girl born in 2012. She denies having children.