Espresso TV, under fire for dodgy change in ownership, says it is facing ‘political pressure’

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Espresso TV’s editorial board members say they see a sign of “political pressure” in lawmaker’s Sergii Leshchenko request to National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to investigate the sales of the Espresso TV shares by ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Inna Avakova, wife of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

On Dec. 30, Yatsenyuk and Avakova sold their shares (30 and 40 percent respectively) in Espresso TV channel to Atmosphere Entertainment Inc., a firm registered in New York and owned by Ivan Zhevago, son of Ukrainian oligarch and lawmaker Kostyantyn Zhevago.

Yatsenyuk bought his shares in June for a price of Hr 3.8 million (or $145,000) and sold it six months later to Zhevago for $1.5 million, making a profit of nearly 1,000 percent.

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