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Firtash’s Group DF bought Inter and other media outlets from a company owned by Valery Khoroshkovsky, who quit as first deputy prime minister in December after criticising Prime Minister Mykola Azarov for slow reforms.

Firtash contributed to the 2010 presidential campaign of Yanukovych, who plans to run for a second term in office in 2015. Firtash has interests in the energy and chemicals sectors.

As in most other ex-Soviet republics, television is far and away the main provider of news for 46 million Ukrainians, but there is no independent public TV channel and almost all TV stations have a wealthy backer.

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