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Silk Way Gets Russian Support


Three presidents were on hand to greet the winners of the first Silk Way rally - 2,800 miles in eight days over mountains and deserts from Kazan, the capital Tatarstan in Russia via Beyneu in Kazakh-stan to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev joined Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedovall in Turkmenbashi, on the Kaspian sea, to greet Dutchman Gerard De Rooy who finished the truck competition second overall in an IVECO to Russian Firdaus Kabirov in a KAMAZ.

Of the 62 cars and 21 trucks that began the rally, 34 and 16 respectively made it to the finish. Spain's Carlos Sainz led a victorious VW Toureg car team that included Qatari Nasser Al Attiyh who lost the lead after destroying his vehicle on the final stage.

Volga-Dnepr provided logistics air support for the rally including AN-124s, AN-74s AN26Bs and several helicopters. Oil-producer Kazakhstan has been granted a $500 million short-term loan by the Asian Development Bank to help mitigate the impact of the global economic crisis. It was the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to be directly affected by the recession, due to its banking sector exposure. After a decade of nine percent GDP growth per year, the economy slowed dramatically in the second half of 2008, growing only 3.3 percent. This year, GDP is expected to contract by two percent.


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