Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog has confirmed that Heineken is poised to buy another brewery in the country, according to local reports. The Moscow Times said today (1 July) that the Dutch brewer has filed for permission to buy Saint Petersburg-based Stepan Razin.

Citing Irina Kashunina, a spokeswoman for the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, the paper said that the application was made on 24 June.

Stepan Razin would join breweries in Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Sterlitamak, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg in Heineken's Russian stable.

The acquisition is expected to cost Heineken around US$138m. The Stepan Razin brewery currently has a 2% share of the Russian beer market.

No-one at Heineken was available for comment as just-drinks went to press, while the company declined to comment when contacted by the Moscow Times.