For Sale: Russian Mobile-Phone Towers, Bear Fences Optional

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  • MegaFon, VimpelCom, Tele2 Russia to divest once-prized assets
  • Local bidders backed by investors Macquarie Group, Mubadala

A visitor looks at the city skyline as he speaks on a mobile phone from a viewing deck in the Federation Tower at the Moscow International Business Center, in Moscow.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Across Russia’s vast expanse, thousands of wireless phone towers worth $1.5 billion are coming up for sale, a rare investment opportunity for foreign buyers as the country’s mobile carriers shed assets to raise funds.

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