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CORRECTED-MegaFon says to launch London IPO

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MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Russia's second-largest mobilephone operator MegaFon , in which Russia's richest manAlisher Usmanov took control in April, said on Tu esday it plansto launch an initial public offering on the London StockExchange.

The IPO, to be completed in the fourth quarter, will giveinvestors the chance to buy into a Russian telecoms company thatis outpacing its peers in a growing home market, but unlikerivals is shielded from tricky overseas operations and complexcorporate disputes.

MegaFon said it plans to use the proceeds of the offering ofits treasury stock to repay debts.

(Reporting by Megan Davies)

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Keywords: RUSSIA MEGAFON/IPO