Media Advisory - Investing in Russia is Risky Business

    The Economic Club of Toronto Presents Robert Amsterdam, lawyer for
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former CEO for Yukos Oil Company who is now a
    political prisoner

    Mr. Amsterdam offers insights and political strategies for investments in

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Canadian auto parts giant Magna recently
committed to a major joint venture with Russian billionaire and Kremlin
loyalist Oleg Deripaska despite vociferous opposition from some shareholders
who feared government intervention and a watering-down of corporate
    Other blue chip Canadian firms including Bombardier, Petrocan, and
Kinross Gold are also looking at similar investments and deals with Russia.
    But before falling for the lure of Russian economic resurgence as an oil
rich nation with money to spend around the world, the most important question
for Canadian investors to ask is whether or not your money is safe in Russia,
and whether or not Canadians should participate in Russia's remarkable growth
    Mr. Amsterdam will offer important insights about the risks of investing
in Russia and a clear warning that Russia under Putin rolled back the
Westernization that was underway for the last few years.

    What:     Robert Amsterdam to address the Economic Club of Toronto

    When:     Thursday, January 31, 2008
              Speech begins at approximately 11:45am

    Where:    National Club
              303 Bay Street
              Toronto, Ontario
              Media Scrum immediately following speech, approximately 1:30pm

For further information:

For further information: or to set up an interview, please contact: Ian
Connerty, Freeman Mandel & Milne Inc., Tel: (416) 985-9855, Email:

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