The last few months have seen a large
number of media resources being bought by people considered close to President Viktor
Yanukovych and his family. On June 17 it was announced that the Ukrainian
Media Holding (UMH) had sold its Focus package (including a weekly of the same name)
to the Ukrainian company Vertex United, owned by two men from Odessa – Boris
Kaufman and Oleksander Granovsky.
But the real bombshell came on Thursday
night, with two announcements on Forbes.ua.
One informed that UMH (the owner of Forbes.ua, as well as Korrespondent
and other publications) had sold the holding to VETEK. The new owner is thus Serhiy
Kurchenko, a young oligarch with a football club, no links tp the media world,
but seemingly plenty with those close to the President, notably Deputy Prime
Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.