Married with one daughter and two sons
Interests: Beer breweries
In a beer market dominated by multinational brewers, Oleksandr Slobodyan has held his own.
Running Ukraine’s first privatized company and last independent, mass production brewery in Obolon, Slobodyan has long led Ukraine’s beer market, only relinquishing first place in 2009 to Sun InBev Ukraine with still a strong 32 percent showing in output share.
Being by far Ukraine’s largest exporter of beer – 80 percent of all beer exported from Ukraine – Obolon brewery has suffered in its most lucrative export market of Russia, as excise taxes there have increased almost three times.
Now it could suffer further as the new tax bill foresees a 25 percent export tax hike on beer.
The nation’s brewer said that the government’s hopes of boosting its revenues with a hike on the tax on beer would merely hit the profits of brewers, which in turn would reduce corporate tax receipts.
Still, the brewery in 2009 opened malting plants in two oblasts and launched three new beer sorts under the Zibert trademark in Fastiv, Kyiv Oblast whose facilities underwent large-scale remodeling, and received advanced boilers and bottling lines.
A member of parliament with the Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense faction, Slobodyan is bent on regaining the number one position on the beer market.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the
www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials
contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior
written permission of Public Media at firstname.lastname@example.org
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal
use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of