Pro-Yanukovich Ukrainian businessman buys local media group (Reuters)

KIEV, June 21 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian multi-millionaire, widely seen as close to President Viktor Yanukovich’s family, is buying a local publishing group, tightening the leader’s allies’ control over the media well before a presidential election in 2015. Serhiy Kurchenko is friendly with the son of the general prosecutor who is himself a Yanukovich appointee, and Yanukovich’s elder son has links with Kurchenko’s VETEK company, local media say. VETEK and UMH, publisher of the Ukrainian version of the business magazine Forbes, said the deal was signed on June 21. …

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