Rosspirtprom, the Russian-state owned drinks operation, is to invest close to US$30m with a Leningrad distiller Veda in the construction of an alcohol production plant it was announced yesterday. Anatoly Maschenko, the general director at Veda, told reporters the final cost of the plant was still unknown but that Rosspirtprom is providing 51% of the financing with Veda chipping in the rest.