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This profile was last updated on 10/7/13  and contains information from public web pages.

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Company Description: SPI Group makes no representation that the Materials and/or use of the Web Site are lawful, appropriate or available for use in your location and therefore those...   more
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SPI's decision is part of an ...
www.beverageworld.com, 7 Oct 2013 [cached]
SPI's decision is part of an overall global strategy to focus attention on its key international portfolio - at the core of which is Stolichnaya Premium Vodka - by divesting non-primary assets in line with the vision of SPI's owner, Yuri Shefler.
SPI owner Yuri Shefler, who ...
www.drinksint.com, 26 Sept 2013 [cached]
SPI owner Yuri Shefler, who is said to have a "tremendous passion for super-premium wines" and frequently travels to key winemaking regions, is spearheading this initiative personally.
The Russia Journal Daily::Business - Company says it wins international recognition in trademark dispute
www.russiajournal.com, 26 July 2003 [cached]
Also last year, with both SPI Group and Soyuzplodoimport claiming the right to export the vodka brands, Russian prosecutors accused SPI Group chairman Yuri Shefler of threatening to kill a top agriculture official.
Russian vodka tycoon Yuri ...
www.dailynews.com, 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler owns the $330 million ship named Serene. It is 440 feet long and was built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and launched in August 2011.
According to Forbes magazine, Shefler's net worth was $850 million in 2004. He was 39th on the magazine's list of the richest Russians.
Shefler earns his money as the head of SPI Group, a company he formed in 1997 when he was just 30 years old. SPI Group produces and distributes Stolichnaya vodka and other labels once owned by the USSR. The company is now the largest exporter of Russian vodka in the world, according to its website.
However, the company has struggled with the Russian government since its inception for control over ownership of vodka trademarks. Shefler has faced brushes with the law,
Latvian Mailer - May 7, 2006
www.latvians.com, 7 May 2006 [cached]
The deal wasn't sanctioned by the government, and S.P.I's founder, Yuri Shefler, also headed the company that sold the other brands. In 2002, a Russian court overturned the transaction. Shefler, who lives in Switzerland, faces arrest if he returns to Russia.
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