Gazprom chief to get $4 million iPad

Jul 29, 2013
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Russia Beyond the Headlines details  a tender for a new iPad custom-made for Gazprom chairman Alexei Miller. The Russian energy giant announced a tender for a computer system costing up to 120 million rubles ($3.7 million) for the use of Miller and other Gazprom brass, the news site reports. The system is to be based on Apple’s iOS operating system and will run on an iPad. It will be designed to interface with a Gazprom management system installed last year, a spokesman told Izvestia, according to RBTH. This pricey tablet is meant to help Miller “run the company more efficiently,” Bloomberg writes.

Recently President Vladimir Putin urged Gazprom to do just that. Gazprom stock has fallen13 percent this year on reduced energy demand and investor concerns the company is spending more while paying smaller dividends, Bloomberg notes.

One Russian software developer told Bloomberg, “Even though the $3.7 million price looks a bit exaggerated to me, it should be clear that we aren’t talking about an iPad decorated with diamonds. “An automated work station for a CEO” matching Gazprom’s specifications “could be indeed quite a complicated and costly solution,” he said. Apple refused to comment on the report.

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