Green not always clean in Ukraine

Graham Stack in Kyiv for Business New Europe (

Controversial gas oligarch Dymtro Firtash’s star is rising in Ukraine. Already chairman of Ukraine’s main employers’ association, Firtash bagged his first state post on February 17 as head of the National Tripartite Social and Economic Council, and is now looking to boost his reputation further in the eyes of the population.

The wheeze he’s alighted on is to invest $100m in a greenhouse pilot project designed to revolutionise Ukrainian agriculture – and that in the impoverished West Ukrainian village he grew up in. But bne enquiries have raised questions about the nature of the investment and potential use of state subsidies.




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