Ukraine leader’s wealth grows despite war, economic woes

By Dmitry ZaksOctober 30, 2015 2:16 PM


Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, addresses the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly September 29, 2015 in New York

Kiev (AFP) – The value of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s assets soared despite economic crisis and conflict while those of other tycoons shrank in an annual wealth list published Friday.

The 50-year-old Western-backed president’s business empire ranges from chocolates to media holdings still under his control.

Friday’s independent Novoye Vremya weekly showed the Ukrainian leader — often criticised for failing to curb the political powers of fellow tycoons — ranked as the country’s sixth-richest man.

His assets reportedly rose by 20 percent to $979 million (889 million euros) — only just supporting his claim he is no longer a billionaire.

Poroshenko retains control of a top TV channel and has failed to follow through on his promise to sell off his Roshen chocolate empire due to a lack of foreign interest and a dearth of rich-enough investors in Ukraine itself.

The president’s official spokesman did not pick up his phone when contacted repeatedly by AFP.

“Poroshenko’s (wealth) rose thanks to the rise in value of his candy business that — even in the midst of the deepest of crises — is developing quickly, building new capacities and conquering new markets,” the weekly said.

The wealth list is topped by metals magnate Rinat Akhmetov.

The 49-year-old Akhmetov is a controversial figure accused by some local media of impeding Poroshenko’s efforts to halt the 18-month war in the pro-Russian east.

Novoye Vremya said Akhmetov’s fortunes had plunged by 56 percent to $4.5 billion due in part to the sharp recent fall in global commodity prices.

Poroshenko’s sworn political foe and banking giant Igor Kolomoyskiy came in third with an estimated fortune of $1.9 billion.

The 52-year-old grey-bearded and fiercely outspoken figure finds himself in the peculiar position of being at odds with both Kiev and Moscow.

Russia’s state media accuse him of funding Ukrainian neo-Nazi combat units that commit grave crimes in the separatist east.

Poroshenko’s fight against Kolomoyskiy began with efforts to strip him of his indirect control of a state-owned oil company and culminated in the businessman losing his seat as governor of the industrially important Dnipropetrovsk region in March.

Kolomoyskiy’s wealth reportedly slipped by 17 percent due to the country’s financial woes.

All the others in the top 10 also lost money in the year since the last Novoye Vremya poll.

Ukraine’s economy is on track to shrink by about 12 percent this year and only return to marginal growth should the eastern campaign end in 2016.

– ‘No benefit to president’ –

Poroshenko promotes himself as a Western-style businessman who built his empire from the ground up and kept to transparency standards that most others simply ignored.

Many of Ukraine’s other mega-rich scooped up their holdings at cut-price rates in pre-arranged privatisation deals in which which they rewarded the government by funding its parliamentary parties and campaigning for them in the media.

But analysts said Poroshenko’s reputation may still suffer for being the only one of the country’s already-despised oligarchs to profit while presiding over Ukraine’s worst crisis since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

“This will not benefit the president’s ratings or help improve Ukraine’s image as a nation run by oligarchs,” Vadym Karasyov of Kiev’s Institute of Global Strategies told AFP.

“The world views Ukraine as a poor country with a super-rich minority,” Karasyov said.


Russia 24 TV Channel: Evidence of the 25th frame in a news release (VIDEO)

By Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance.
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine.

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The Kremlin’s media disinformation manipulates the minds of its citizens. Old technology [although it is] not very convincing [alone], but in conjunction with other means of informational and psychological influence it can be effective.

[Watch the video news broadcast below.]
At 4:34 min. [you can see the] insert: “Right Sector set the fire.”
At 4:57 min. [you can see the] insert: “Banderites killed people.”

Video: 25th frame in a news release from Russia 24 05/03/2014

Russian terrorists attacked ukrainian soldiers, news from Ukraine on May 22, 2014 Andriy Hlebrez,





31 people are wounded and moved to the hospital, 11 people are killed … It’s a result of morning attack of russian terroristic groups near Volnovakhy (Donetsk region).

2 persons are wounded and 1 person is killed near the same attack near Rubezhne (Donetsk region).

Are you still thinking that russians are brothers for Ukraine, ukrainians and for all other people in the world?!!


Donbas Volunteer Battalion Rescued a Group of French Journalists











On 28 April 2014, Donbas’s patriotic volunteer defense batallion held an operation in which they thwarted an attempt to kidnap three journalists of France-press near Kransoarmiysk (Donetsk Oblast). The taxi driver, a previously convicted active member of the pro-Russian separatist movement from Krasnoarmiysk, was planning to take the group of journalists to a separatist base and later transferring them to the separatist stronghold city of Kramatorsk.

INFORMATION RESISTANCE: Putin farmed out Crimea to Caucasus criminals

By Information Resistance.  
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine.


According to data from Information Resistance, in two districts of the occupied Republic of CrimeaSaky and Yevpatoria–an unprecedented rampage by visiting criminals in the spirit of the daring 90s is observed. It’s worth noting that Saky and Yevpatoria are famous resorts with a long-standing history. The former is famous for its therapeutic muds and specialized health centers, the latter is traditionally considered an ideal place for families with children. Or more to the point, it used to be considered–because very few parents will dare to go to that locality now, it has recently been infested with natives of Chechnya and Dagestan.

According to our emissaries, in the aforementioned areas raiders seize businesses and real estate. They require the most prized property to be split 50/50–half should go to the bandits, who are the real-life embodiment of the slogan “Crimea is ours…” According to the information from our emissaries, these once calm and somewhat sleepy resort cities have become, to put it mildly, unsafe. The Caucasus natives already feel themselves the masters here–it’s better to forgo restaurants and cafés since the bandits arrange feasts in the “best” traditions of the 90s. Local residents ironically joke: soon they will start shooting into the air with their automatic machine guns, just as they do at their weddings in Moscow. It’s good, if it’s in the air… One thing is obvious: the region is farmed out to the Caucasus criminals, and this has been clearly done with the consent of “emperor” Putin.

His purposes, in this case, may be several. For example, to tame local criminals who control the business and cash flows to the ARC [Autonomous Republic of Crimea] one way or another, in this manner–in order to ensure that the schemes set in place by locals come under the control of the Caucasus natives. The Chechens and the Dagestani probably received this generous gift to threaten the Crimean Tatars. The fact that Putin intended to place a bet exclusively on the Chechens and other natives from the Caucasus to establish control over the occupied resort peninsula became obvious when a Chechen businessman, Ruslan Baysarov, was “appointed” to be “responsible for resorts and health centers of Crimea.” Earlier, the media reported under what scheme Baysarov began to “work” in the ARC. He, allegedly, blackmails Ukrainian businessmen using the “quarter” principle. That is, the owner gets left with only 25%, whereas ¾ goes to the “warden Baysarov.” If the owner refuses–the established business is completely “squeezed out.”

Obviously, the majority of thinking and working (especially–for themselves) Crimeans have already fully realized the profound meaning their Russian brothers put into the sacred slogan “Crimea is ours…”

Source: Information Resistance web



My heart is aching…aching for those who live with us side-by-side, for our fraternal nation — the Ukrainians. In their fight for freedom, independence and democracy they’ve demonstrated to the world that they are a true European nation.

However, their fight still goes on. Let’s not be indifferent and let’s pray together for Ukraine.

As an artist I couldn’t stay aside. I don’t want to draw your attention away from the song by revealing my name. Let the music unite our hearts!