JSC VTB Bank is a public company and a Russian bank that forms the backbone of an international financial group. VTB Group provides services to its customers in countries across the CIS, western Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. VTB Group controls a worldwide network covering more than 30 banks and financial companies in more than 20 countries. As of 31 March 2013, VTB Group was the second largest financial group in Russia in terms of assets (US$ 229 billion/RUB 7.6 trillion) and customer accounts (US$ 112 billion/RUB 3.7 trillion). VTB strives to be the first-choice bank of its customers, the number one partner bank in international markets, and a business agent for foreign business in Russia and CIS countries.