Rus News Journal

Grigory Berezkin has connected itself with “ the Member of the Komsomol “

On Friday media holding “ Gazprom - media “ declared that negotiations with “ prof - media “ about acquisition of 60 +1 % of actions of the publishing house “ Komsomol truth “ (KP) it conducts in interests of group of unified social tax. Head of unified social tax Grigory Berezkin is close to Russian Railway Open Society, participants of the market mark. They consider that the decision on sale KP to unified social tax group was accepted in the Kremlin which thus creates one more centre of consolidation of mass-media under control of the second major state monopoly.
in the statement made on Friday head “ Gazprom - media “ Nikolay Senkevich asserts that “ final acquisition KP was not included initially into holding plans, as one more daily mnogotirazhnaja the newspaper (` Gazprom - media ` belong ` News `. - ) it is not entered in its structure “. “ Under the arrangement with the customer (unified social tax. - ) we have carried out financial and legal audit of the edition, have executed its estimation, - he has informed. - now the transaction is close to finalizatsii “. The Chairman of board of directors of group of unified social tax Grigory Berezkin says that is happy with cooperation with “ Gazprom - media “ which “ very professionally carries on negotiations “.

For the majority of participants of the market, including for “ prof - media “ and UK “ the Renaissance the Capital “ the Norwegian company A representing interests - pressen (25 % plus one action ID own), the statement “ Gazprom - media “ and unified social tax became a bolt from the blue. In UK “ the Renaissance the Capital “ have refused any comments, and head “ prof - media “ Raphael Akopov has laconically noticed: “ To us pohuj “.

unified social tax Group is created in 1990. Specialises on investments into power, anti-recessionary and strategic management. Owns shares in “ ENEL unified social tax of Energo “ managing director Severo - the Western thermal power station, the company “ Rusenergosbyt “ bulk-oil station Ujar. The Chairman of board of directors of group Grigory Berezkin is the councillor of directors of the Russian Open Society “United Power Systems“. Magazine Forbs estimates its condition in $830 million

In unified social tax assert that media - one of priority directions of development of business. Last year it has got ID “ the Russian Railway - the Partner “ owning the magazine with the same name, the Internet - a portal, advertising agency “ Reklamotiv “ and magazine “ the Sac - SV “. These actives have been united in holding “ Media the Partner “. “ Acquisition KP - a new stage in development ` Partner Media `, it considerably will raise its capitalisation “ - it is told in unified social tax statement.

the Sum of transaction of the party do not disclose. Under the information, “ Gazprom - media “ has agreed with “ prof - media “ about the $100 million price for 60 % of the publishing house. However experts consider that ID “ Komsomol truth “ costs much more expensively. Co-owner ID “ the Popular press “ Vadim Gorjainov estimates all ID “ KP “ not less than in $200 million: “ And at preservation of existing management its cost for some years can grow to $1 mlrd “.

ID “ Komsomol truth “ publishes newspapers “ Komsomol truth “ “ the Soviet sports “ and “ the Express train - the newspaper “. The basic active ID - the newspaper “ Komsomol truth “ with the greatest among national Russian newspapers in circulation - 30 million copies a month. Its turn for 2006 has made, under own data, $130 million

Participants of the market notice that “ Komsomol truth “ it is non-comparable on the size of business to already existing actives of unified social tax, and believe that this acquisition has political character. “ ` the Member of the Komsomol ` - very good direction of investments, is the unequivocal leader of the market, whose share constantly grows, - mister Gorjainov has noted. - But, unfortunately, it nobody considers as business, but only as a political active. And it is logical - whenever possible political influence it is comparable with ` the First channel ` “.

In this case Grigory Berezkina`s interest to media business has coincided with interests of the Kremlin, the vice-president of Guild of publishers of periodicals Marina Pereverzev believes. “ as a matter of fact, ` the Russian Railway - the Partner ` already operates Russian Railway media actives, and at aktsionirovanii state monopolies unified social tax group, obviously, is going to redeem other media actives of Open Society (for example, the newspaper ` Hooter `. - ), - she has declared. - having united audience ` Members of the Komsomol ` and rasprostranitelskie Russian Railway possibilities, they will receive one of the largest media holdings “.

Pereverzev`s Madam has reminded that on the World newspaper congress foreign journalists were indignant with the fact of transition KP under control “ Gazprom “. “ When it is formal most tirazhnuju the newspaper gets the private person, the Russian authorities cannot be accused of an establishment of total control over mass-media “ - Marina Pereverzev summarises. Chairman of board of directors ID agrees with it " also; Ashet Filipaki Shkulev “ Victor Shkulev, adding that thus the authorities create alternative “ Gazprom - media “ the centre of concentration of media actives under control of the second major state monopoly - Russian Railway Open Society. “ Grigory Berezkin is close to Yakunin (the head of Open Society. - ), to it is entrusted to create the second pole of concentration of mass-media “ - mister Shkulev is assured.