September 5, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– Aleksey Gladkikh, Life News – translated by J. Arnoldski
According to local journalists, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoysky have met on an Italian island in secret. Journalists have claimed that the reason for the meeting is the president’s desire to acquire 50% of the oligarch’s shares in the TV channel 1+1. In turn, Kolomoysky asked the head of state for certain preferences for his business, in particular for the activities of PrivatBank.
In journalists’ opinion, such an exchange is beneficial to both parties. Upon securing half of the assets of one of the country’s main TV channels, Petro Poroshenko will have a powerful information resource ahead of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine. Kolomoysky will be able to peacefully carry on with his business, given that a large part of the oligarch’s financial empire is tied to PrivatBank.
At the current moment, it is not known how the negotiations ended. Moreover, both sides have hastily denied reports that they held a meeting. Some Ukrainian media, however, citing sources from the president’s administration and the oligarch’s inner circle, have not only confirmed the negotiations, but also revealed that the plan for aiding PrivatBank was agreed upon with IMF experts.