Heineken is closing in on a fifth Russian brewery, according to local reports. Citing sources close to the deal, business daily Vedomosti said today (30 June) that the brewer has applied to Russia's anti-monopoly service for permission to buy Saint Petersburg-based Stepan Razin from a group of private shareholders.

The purcahse price for the brewery, which has 2.8% market share in Russia, is thought to be between US$80m and US$130m.

Speaking to Reuters, a spokeswoman for Heineken said: "We want to make takeovers in Russia, but we don't comment on any possible cases." No-one at Heineken was available for comment when contacted by just-drinks.

Heineken already controls 9% of the Russian beer market through its West Siberian Sobol Beer brewery, Central European Brewing Company, Volga Brewery and Patra brewery in Yekaterinburg, which it bought last month.