Citigroup’s Russia Research Chief Quits as Pandit Cuts Start

Citigroup Inc. (C)’s Russia research chief Mikhail Seleznev said he quit as the U.S. bank begins to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide to control costs.

“I’ve decided to leave the company,” Seleznev said by phone in Moscow today, declining to give a reason. His departure follows that of colleagues including sales trader John Heisel.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to control expenses, we are making targeted headcount reductions in certain businesses and functions across Citi,” said Denis Denisov, a Moscow-based spokesman for the bank, by e-mail. “Russia is a priority market for Citi and we continue to invest in our businesses and hire new talents.”

Seleznev rejoined Citigroup in 2009 after leaving in 2008 to join Deutsche Bank AG in Moscow as co-head of research.

Other departures include equity traders Alexander Zorov and Sergey Akimov, according to Citigroup director Pavel Zinoviev, who answered Zorov’s phone today.

Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit said Dec. 6 that he aims to cut 4,500 jobs as part of a bid to trim costs amid slumping revenue and what he called “unprecedented” market conditions.

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