“Rain,” called the source of the loan to the publisher of Russian...

“Rain,” called the source of the loan to the publisher of Russian Forbes

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“Artpol KHOLDING” the former Minister of energy Sergey Shmatko has provided a loan to recycle the magazines GEO, “Geolenok” and “GALA Biography”, sources told the TV channel “Rain”

Money to restart closed due to financial problems, GEO, “Geolenok” and “GALA Biography” gave the company “Artpol KHOLDING”, which is 100% owned by former energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, said the TV channel “Rain” , citing two sources close to holding.

Magazines were closed shortly after holding Alexander Fedotov ACMG bought the House Axel Springer publications, including Forbes and Russian.

Source RBC, close to the presidential administration, confirmed that Alexander Fedotov was able to use other investors for the acquisition of assets of ID.

According to TV channel, part Shmatko in business ACMG is not limited to this loan: three sources in the media market told me that he was also involved in negotiating the sale of Forbes along with Fedotov.

Another interviewee said that the head of the Axel Springer Russia Regina von Flemming was negotiating the sale of the publishing house of the frame and on one of these meetings was attended by Shmatko.

The representative of the holding ACMG Oksana Maneluk declined to comment on the loan, citing commercial secrecy. However, she denied part Shmatko in this transaction. According to her, he was not involved in the negotiations and is not a partner of holding.

Chief editor of the Russian Forbes magazine Nikolay Uskov said channel that he Shmatko on the participation in the transaction is not known, adding: “I Think this is another mess”. Flemming declined to comment, Shmatko questions ignored.