As had been predicted, the leading Russian brewing force, Baltika, has launched legal proceedings in its bid to recover a US$10m investment it made in the Krinitsa brewery in Minsk. Baltika is suing the government-owned brewery for the US$10m, which was to be the first phase of a $50 million investment in return for a 50%-plus share in the concern.

Last month, Baltika suspended the re-development work it had begun at Krinitsa in the summer after the Belarussian government's failure to issue a ruling on the transfer of the agreed controlling interest.