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You're reading: Back Story: Rinat Akhmetov and mining disasters

I have never met Rinat Akhmetov.

I have had, of course, several Akhmetov sightings while in the lobby of his Donbas Palace hotel in Donetsk, which he owns and where he has a reserved seating area.

There also was a curious nod from him as I paced and practiced for a speech in a public area of the same fine hotel.

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