$400-million deal was supposed to be closed by next spring, but was
in fact closed early this month.
journalists who quit the Ukrainian franchise complained about a
series of events that made it obvious there is a shift in the
editorial policy, former chief editor of Forbes.ua Oleksandr Ruban
Pravda. He said most lately chief editor Mikhail Kotov banned
journalists from writing about advisers to First Deputy Prime
Minister Serhiy Arbuzov, who is believed to be close to Kurchenko,
without explanation. Both are members of the so-called “family”
group of influential young businessmen and officials close to the
In the meantime, Kurchenko’s energy holding VETEK announced on Nov.
12 that it bought an oil transshipment complex in Kherson. The deal,
which was estimated by Delo.ua
to have cost $10 to 20 million, gives Kurchenko an oil terminal with
two berths can accommodate vessels with a carrying capacity up to 10