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most independent editorial policy, even if they don’t have the most viewers) claim that they lost some frequencies, awarded, previously, because of Khoroshkovsky’s interference. He counters, with some support from observers, that their additional frequencies were awarded with irregularities. At any rate, his group owns 9 TV channels including the most popular one, Inter.

Born in Kyiv in 1969. Married, two sons and a daughter.

15. Oleksandr Yaroslavsky: US $797 million Chemicals, construction, steel, sport

that Kharkiv needs to host the Euro 2012 football matches. His business group, DCH, owns much of the former UkrSibBank assets, including banking, heavy industry, construction and development. He was a member of the last Parliament.

Born in 1959 in Mariupol, Donetsk region. Married, has a son.

16. Leonid Chernovetsky: US $776 million Banking, real estate

Born in 1951 in Kharkiv. Married, has a son and a daughter.

17. Yevhen Sihal: US $712 million Food industry For Sihal, Ukrainian chickens lay golden eggs. His company Havrylisvky Kurchata has opened more than 600 franchises during the last 2 years. He is looking to increase exports of poultry to the EU. Has been an MP three times, and is still in parliament in a BUT faction.

Born in 1955 in Kyiv region. Married.

The owner of Kharkiv’s football club Metalist is pretty vexed by the Ukraine Football Federation who took 9 points from his club over a 2008 match with Karpaty, which was judged to have been fixed. He says he is going to fight the decision which had the national team coach resign in protest. Yaroslavsky’s group is the main investor in building the infrastructure

Chernovetsky sold his main asset, Praveks- bank, two years ago for $750 million and claims not to hide his wealth. However, his ever-diminishing income declarations have drawn the attention of the media. Scandals and accusations are never far away from the eccentric Kyiv mayor who remains in this post despite dwindling popularity. He is known as Lyonya Kosmos (Space) for his unorthodox ideas. The New York Times in a 2009 interview wrote: “Chernovetsky seemed a little off. For much of the interview, he would not look at his questioner, speaking in almost a monotone while staring at the floor.”

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18. Oleh Bakhmatyuk: US $700 million Food industry Avangard Agro-holding owns 19 poultry factories, 9 farms and 3 incubators. Oleh Bakhmatyuk estimates that his holding controls 23% of the country’s egg market and 52% of dried egg market. This year he sold 20% of the company’s shares on the London Stock Exchange. Avangard exports its produce to 16 countries, mainly the Middle East and Asia, but it has European ambitions. Bakhmatyuk came to agriculture from gas and energy; he used to own regional energy firms and had a stint in the state gas company Naftohaz Ukrainy.

Born in 1974 in Ivano-Frankivsk. Married, has three daughters.

19. Heorhiy Skudar: US $670 million Heavy machinery manufacture The president of the Novokramatorsky Machine-Building Plant has metal companies in Ukraine and abroad among his clients. Lately, according to him, the

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