The latest edition of 'Korrespondent' contains a well-researched and detailed article on Ukraine's latest rising star - recently-appointed first vice Prime Minister and a favourite if the Yanukovych clan - Serhiy Arbuzov. Most commentators agree that aging current PM Mykola Azarov is on the way out..and the so-far obscure 36 year-old Arbuzov will soon head the cabinet for benefit of Yanuk himself.
In the last few months of 2012 Arbuzov's podgy face wast thrust upon the Ukrainian man on the street on billboards and light-boxes across Kyiv in a two-month campaign that was estimated to cost up to $500,000.
The Ukrainian State Bank set up a television company, 'Bank-TV', at a cost of around $1,000,000, to broadcast never-ending panegyrics in praise of Arbuzov and the State Bank which he headed.
A few weeks ago the obscure 'German Center for Intercultural Cooperation and Communication' astonishingly reported: 'Sergiy Arbuzov Receives the Highest Marks of Any of the Heads of Governments or Central Banks in Eastern Europe'
However, 'Forbes.ua' smelled a rat. Their investigation revealed the Cologne-base German Centre was merely a highly dubious hollow shell outfit run by a Ukrainian CEO. Nevertheless their glowing reports were widely broadcast in the Ukrainian mass media to build up the young Arbuzov's image....
'Forbes' claim all of these PR schemes were dreamt up at Arbuzov's own initiative...
He loves the aura of power. When he is in Donetsk visiting his old pal - Yanukovych's elder son Oleksandr, his escort includes three vehicles filled with bodyguards...more than even Ukraine's richest oligarch, Rinat Akhmetov employs.
This is a serious creep...a real 'merchant banker...*'
p.s. 'Korrespondent's piece omits some of the more sinister aspects of Arbuzov's rapid ascent...
p.p.s. In rhyming cockney slang 'merchant banker' means 'wanker...'