According to reports in the Russian press, the Russian brewer, Patra, has said that five of the country's leading brewers have put in bids to acquire the 25.5% of the company which is to be privatised at an auction on 25 April.

Among the bidders is reported to be the country's second largest beermaker, Sun Interbrew, part of the Belgian brewing combine, Interbrew, which already has a minority interest in Patra.

The other bidders are thought to be Heineken Brewery, Ochakovo, Krazny Vostok and the country's leading brewer, Baltika, part of the Baltic Beverage Holding (BBH) joint venture between Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle (S&N).

Bids for the Urals-based brewer must be received by 22 April.