According to Russian Apple reseller re:Store, the iPad mini will be available in Russia on December 14th. There’s no official word from Apple about this (and from personal experience I know that they generally try to keep a tight lid on resellers), but the date certainly makes some sense.
TNW reports that re:Store is announcing availability in a couple days:
An Apple Premium Reseller in Russia, re:Store has announced that Apple’s iPad mini tablet will go on sale in the country on December 14, a week earlier than it was rumored in local media.
If you speak/read Russian (or want to use Google Translate) you can check out the store for yourself:re:Store — iPad mini в России. While this is going to be big news in Russia, the real news for Friday will be the launch of the iPhone 5 in China.