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Investors guide to Russia. Why Republic of Tatarstan, Russia is one of your best options.

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"Many well-known international brands have already selected Tatarstan as a hub for their operations, including Ford Sollers, Air Liquide, Rockwool, Marriot, Sisecam, Hayat Group, Daimler, Fujitsu, Kastamonu, Haier, Wienerberger, 3M, and others... Legal guarantees, social, economic and political stability, a tested system to support investment ensure the most comfortable conditions for businesses", - notes the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

Located just 800 kilometers east of Moscow at the confluence of the Volga River and the Kama River, the Republic of Tatarstan is proud to be one of the most economically developed regions of the Russian Federation, and one of the most rapidly developing. The republic has a population of 3.8 million and boasted 1.4 trillion rubles ($44.7 billion) of Gross Regional Product in 2012, a 5.5% increase over the previous year, and more than double the GRP of 483 billion rubles posted in 2005. Foreign Direct Investment into Tatarstan totaled $577 million in 2012.

Tatarstan’s strategic location in the heart of Russia is a strong contributing factor to its economic success. Seven of Russia’s 14 largest cities (constituting nearly half of the country’s population) are located within a 1,000 km radius of Kazan. This ideal location puts the republic at the crossroads of major rail, air, water, and overland transport corridors, linking not only Russia but also Europe with Asia.

Equally important is the republic’s richness in natural resources, around which a strong industrial foundation has been built. The backbone of Tatarstan’s economy has been and continues to be heavy industry – energy, petrochemical, automobile production, manufacturing of synthetic rubber, tires, polyethylene, helicopters, aircrafts, compressors, river & sea vessels, and electric & radio engineering. Heavy industry accounts for 44.1% of the republic’s Gross Regional Product, followed by construction (8.6%), transport & communications (7.7%), and agriculture (7.1%).

The republic has identified eight priority industries for attracting foreign investment: chemical & petrochemical, machinery & automotive parts production, construction & building materials production, medicine & pharmaceuticals, IT & telecommunications, agriculture & food processing, halal industry, and service industry & tourism.

The Republic of Tatarstan has pursued a series of legislative and organizational measure to foster a favorable environment for all businesses, aimed at accelerating investment and innovation-driven activity.

The Republic of Tatarstan has also worked to provide investors with a range of tax preferences. Qualified investment projects that have a production facility in the Republic of Tatarstan are eligible to receive reduced tax rates. Tatarstan also boasts two special economic zones, whose residents are eligible for a range of tax preferences and free customs on equipment imported for production.

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