Negations are underway to sell Russia’s independent RBC media outlet, company sources have confirmed.
RBC journalists were told on Wednesday that the outlet’s current owner, business tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, will sell the holding.
Potential buyers include oligarch Grigory Berezkin, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper reported. Berezkin, who already owns the Komsomolskaya Pravda and Metro newspapers, is rumored to offer up to $50 million to add RBC to his business empire.
If Berezkin secures the deal, then Alexei Abakumov, a former employee of the Russian state broadcast group, stands as a prime candidate to manage the holding. Abakumov is also the candidate of choice for Russia’s presidential administration, a source close to RBC told Vedomosti.