Fresh from the press:
Today Alexei Budnik, UTair’s head of fleet management, announced that the Russian carrier was in membership talks with Star Alliance. UTair would only join the alliance as ully-fledged member of the alliance.
It's about time Star finally adds a Russian member so this is good news, however I would have thought Transaero would have been in pole position.
On the other hand I could see Star adding more than one member in Russia, just like they did in the US, China (until FM left) and India (Star has invited both Air India and Jet Airways).
[Edited 2011-05-19 08:42:43]