"The New York Times
" and other outlets are reporting that Russia's Digital Sky Technologies
has picked up a nearly 2 percent stake in social-networking company Facebook
The price represents about a 30-percent discount from Facebook shares less than 18 months ago, judging by the "Times" numbers.
And the "Times" says it wants more:
Digital Sky Technologies also plans to buy at least $100 million of Facebook stock from current and former employees, the companies said. [...]
Its portfolio companies include two large social networks, Forticom and vKontakte, and a Russian Web portal, Mail.ru.
DST itself is less modest, claiming on its website
[O]ur companies comprise well over 70% of all pageviews in the Russian speaking Internet, targeting a potential audience of over 300 million people. Our companies hold the #1 and often also the #2 and #3 positions in all CIS states, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Armenia.
-- Andy Heil