SOURCE: Aviva PLC

February 27, 2013 07:26 ET

Aviva Announces Sale of Russian Business

LONDON--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2013) -




27 February, 2013



      AVIVA ANNOUNCES SALE OF RUSSIAN LIFE AND PENSIONS OPERATIONS

Aviva plc ("Aviva") today announces the sale of Aviva Russia to
Blagosostoyanie, a non-state pension fund in Russia, for a
consideration of EUR35 million. The consideration is payable in cash and
represents a modest premium to IFRS book value. This transaction is
consistent with Aviva's strategy to narrow the Group's focus to
businesses and markets where Aviva has leadership positions.

The transaction, which is subject to the approval of the Federal
Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, is expected to complete
in the first half of 2013.

Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Aviva plc, said:"We are pleased to
have agreed the sale of our life and pensions
operations in Russia to Blagosostoyanie. This transaction builds on the
progress we have made to narrow Aviva's focus."

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Notes to editors:

About Aviva

* Aviva provides 43 million customers with insurance, savings and
investment products.

* We are the UK's largest insurer and one of Europe's leading
providers of life and general insurance.

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management businesses under one powerful brand.

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About Aviva in Russia

* Aviva Russia was established in 2005 focused on the life and
pensions market.



About Blagosostoyanie

* Headquartered in Moscow, Blagosostoyanie has been operating in
Russia for over 17 years and is currently one of the largest non-state
pension funds in the country.

* Blagosostoyanie's core activities include non-state pension
coverage and compulsory pension insurance. Blagosostoyanie's mission is
to assist its clients in maintaining financial independence after
retirement through pension savings management.

* As of September 2012, Blagosostoyanie's total assets are
approximately EUR6.5 billion, including approximately EUR4.2 billion of
pension reserves and EUR1.9 billion of pension savings. Blagosostoyanie
serves over 2.8 million individual customers.



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