Cabinet of Groysman: who are all these people? (part 1)

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

Source : 112 Ukraine

112 offers to become better acquainted with the new Ukrainian ministers
11:53, 15 April 2016

After three days of scandals Verkhovna Rada has approved the composition of the Cabinet, to lead entrusted former parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman. Tough political negotiations were taking place on Monday in the presidential administration, and Groysmanalmost resigned. Well, it is according to the information by Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BPP).

Five factions took place in negotiating the candidates for the previous Cabinet. This time, members of BPP could not share the chairs. "People's Front" has “conquered” seven ministerial seats long time ago, but Groysman and the president went into a clinch over their quotas. Yatsenyuk against this background seemed to be a model of composure, watching these outrageous bids and inserting his two cents about each candidacy. Without public discussion, without the submission of the programs the places in the Cabinet were considered.

In general, the Cabinet is not fully updated, but only by three quarters. Six ministers retained their posts, three men from Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk. Question: can we expect from the Cabinet some serious reforms if the new prime minister keeps people who has not been able to implement them for one and a half years of their powers. This is the result of affirmative action approach.

Who are they - the new ministers of Groysman’s government? 112 offers to get acquainted with them closer.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Groysman approached the nomination for prime minister as a reliable partner of the president. During the talks, the public was given to understand that Groysman is not a fool, and he has his own point of view and his own people. Is this true, or whether is was a good performance to show his independence? In the meantime, the new prime minister is involved into Poroshenko’s, Yatseniuk’s teams and BPP business groups. The question of his effectiveness will also be tested by time.

Volodymyr Groysman was born in Vinnitsa. In his autobiography he indicates that after graduation in August 1994, barely reached the age of 16, he was immediately appointed as a Commercial Director in a private enterprise under the name "OKO", and in November of the same year began his work as a commercial director of enterprise "Yunist", which was founded by his father. He received higher education later, in 2003; he graduated from the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, Jurisprudence, presumably in absentia. In 2010 he graduated from the National Academy of State Administration, becoming the master of the specialty "management of social development" and "regional and local administration."

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In 2002, he was elected in the electoral district №29 of Vinnytsia City Council. He was deputy head of the permanent parliamentary commission on human rights, the rule of law, parliamentary activities, and ethics. In the early 2000s, he met with Petro Poroshenko, since then they are close associates. In November 2005, he was elected secretary of the Vinnytsia city council. Since November 25, 2005 he has been Vinnytsia city mayor. March 26, 2006 at the age of 28-years, Volodymyr Groysman was elected mayor of Vinnitsa. Re-elected in 2010 from the "Conscience of Ukraine" party.

February 27 –  November 27, 2014 he was a Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Policy - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing, and Communal Services of Ukraine. November 27, 2014, after the early elections to the Rada, he has been appointed Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of VIII convocation.

Stepan Kubiv, first vice prime-minister – Minister of Economic development and Trade

Stepan Stepan Kubiv was in the Cabinet as a compromise figure, when the negotiations reached an impasse. Initially, the president nominated Vitaliy Kovalchuk, but Groysman refused to work with him.

Stepan Kubiv was born in the village Mshanets Zborowski district, Ternopil region. In 1984 he graduated from the Mathematics Department of the Lviv State University. Then he continued his career as a Komsomol functionary.

During perestroika, he was the secretary of the Regional Coordinating Council for Science and Technology of creative youth, a member of the Scientific Council of the Lviv State University named after Ivan Franko, Deputy Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Lviv Region Executive Committee on scientific and technical creativity of youth, a member of the Audit Commission of the Central Committee of Lenin's Communist Society of Youth of Ukraine. He worked with youth even during the first years of independence.

And since 1994, he joined the banking sector. He worked in various positions in JSC “ZUKB”: 'from the expert in planning and economic department to the chairman of the board. In 2000-2008 he was a Chairman of the Board of JSC "Kredobank" (in 2000, this bank was named JSC "ZUKB," in 2003-2005 - JSC "Credit Bank").

In 2006 he was elected deputy of the Lviv regional council. For the first time he ran through the list of "Our Ukraine", the second time in 2010, from the "Front for Change."

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Since 2010 he has been a Member of the Supervisory Board "Lviv". Since November, 2012 Kubiv has been People's Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VII convocation, №23 in the party list of "Fatherland".

Stepan Kubiv is an old friend of Yatsenyuk. February 24, 2014 Kubiv became the head of the National Bank, where he worked until 19 June. All activities of Stepan Kubiv in the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) are one big scandal. Hryvnia for these months has fallen off by 23% - from 8.9 to 11.8 UAH / USD. Stepan Kubiv is also suspected in an opaque refinancing banks. In the summer of 2014 the media reported that Stepan Kubiv is prosecuted. Allegedly, the head of the National Bank offered to master the first four billion hryvnia of refinance to his colleagues and old friends. For information about the imminent collapse of the hryvnia bankers demanded 25% of the official amount of allocated refinancing. The banks received from the NBU refinancing of billions and then allowed them to buy dollars, exchange rate which is just a couple of weeks, broke all records. Of 101.279 billion UAH allocated by the National Bank in mid-June for refinancing, 20.2 billion went to "PrivatBank". More than 10 billion went to "Delta-Bank."

It has been reported about the alleged arrest of Stepan Kubiv, however, the story of the alleged criminal case Stepan Kubiv not found. In the fall, he was in the electoral list of the BPP to the parliament, became a MP in November, and in January 2015 Poroshenko appointed Stepan Kubiv his representative in Parliament.

Many MPs and experts called Stepan Kubiv completely dependent on Poroshenko. At the same time Stepan Kubiv suits the "Popular Front" Yatsenyuk.

Vice Prime Minister for Social Affairs - Pavlo Rozenko

Pavlo Rozenko was born in 1970 in Kyiv. In 1993 he graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He started his career in 1993-1994 in the National Television Company of Ukraine. Then for7 years he was assistant-consultant of MP. Later - adviser to the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. Then, in 2001, he became assistant to the MP, while in 2005 did not become the First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine. On a similar position, he worked during the premiership of Tymoshenko in 2008-2010 (then headed by Ministry of Social Policy). From 2010 to 2012 - the independent expert on Social Policy, the leading expert of Razumkov Center.

Since December 2012 - deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation of the party "Udar". He became deputy chairman of the Committee on Social Policy and Labour.

Since the autumn of 2014 he has been deputy of Ukraine of the VIII convocation from BPP, №26 in the electoral list. December 2, 2014 Rada appointed him to the post of Minister of Social Policy in the second government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Rozenko came from "Udar" to the team of Poroshenko. As in 2014, now the appointment Rozenko to the government is rather a tribute to the former members of “Udar”, but the candidacy is fully satisfied with the president.

Vice Prime Minister for European Integration - Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Groysman’s Cabinet will deal with European integration. Not long ago, Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk said that the reform plan for Ukraine is registered in the Association Agreement with the European Union. That is, European integration is reforms and reforms. Cabinet of Yatsenyuk on every street corner talked about reforms and European integration. And in the Cabinet Groysman thought it was insufficient and decided to create additional ministerial seat. And not even one! Dmytro Shymkiv was offered the post of deputy prime minister for reforms. And it would have two vice-premier with strange powers. But he understood everything and refused.

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Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze is from Kyiv, her father and her husband are diplomats. She was born July 5, 1972, the son of Orestes Klympush, Ukrainian politician, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine of the 1st class. Her grandpa Dmytro Klympush was the commandant of the Carpathian Sich. Her husband Archil Tsintsadze is Georgian Colonel, a military diplomat who at one time was an attorney in the affairs of Georgia in Ukraine.

Ivanna in 1994 graduated from the Ukrainian Pedagogical University named after Dragomanov. In 1993-1994 she has been studying in Montana (USA) State of the State University. In 1997, she graduated from the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv University named after Shevchenko, international relations, BSc with honors.

10 years ago, she worked as a reporter in Ukrainian service of BBC in the United States. In addition, prior to her election to parliament, she served as director of the Yalta European Strategy (YES), an organization that was founded in 2004 by Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk.

In 2014, during the early parliamentary elections, Ivanna became a people's deputy from BPP (№61 in the list).

Vice Prime Minister of the ATO and the occupied territories - Volodymyr Kistion

Groysman wanted to take to the Cabinet more people from Vinnitsa. Kistion is one of these people. He was born in the village of Dolzhok, Yampilsky district, Vinnytsia region. By occupation, he is an engineer, graduated from the Odesa Civil Engineering Institute, majoring in "Water and Sanitation". He holds a Master of Public Administration in the Odesa Regional Institute of Public Administration.

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The first place of work was master housing Yampilsky plant utilities. Since 1990, headed the company Yampil water and sewage. Since 2001, he has been the head of the regional municipal industrial enterprise water supply and sanitation "Vinnytsavodokanal". From 2008 to 2011, he was deputy mayor of Vinnytsa, he was in charge of housing and communal issues. From July 2011 to October 2014 - the first deputy mayor of Vinnitsa. With the transition to the Cabinet of Groysman, Kistion also followed his boss - October 13, 2014 he became First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services. In June 2015 Kistion went to work in the Verkhovna Rada, which at that time was headed by Groysman - first deputy chief of staff - business manager. Appointment of Kistion to the Cabinet is a quota of Groysman.

Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing, and Communal Services - Gennady Zubko

He was born in 1967 in Odesa. In 1991, he graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, majoring in "Automated control systems". In 2003 graduated from the Kyiv Institute of Civil Engineering, the course "Investment and financial management in the construction industry." In 2006 graduated from Northwestern University (Illinois, Chicago), the rate of "innovation management". In 2007 graduated from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv Mohyla Business School (MBA). Later in NaUKMA he was educated in the specialty "management of organizations", he graduated from the graduate school of Ukrainian Research Institute. In 2012, he defended his thesis at the Kharkiv National University of Construction and Architecture at the Department of Technology and building structures. Author of more than 10 scientific papers. Candidate of Technical Sciences.

He started his career as a programmer in Zhytomyr. In the 90s he headed various businesses in Zhytomyr. In 2001 he was a head of the project of "LINOS". He was Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC "Zhytomyr plant walling" from 2002 to 2010. Then he led the factory.

His political career began in 2006, he became a member of Zhytomyr City Council of the V convocation. In 2010-2012 – Member of the Zhytomyr Regional Council of the VI convocation, chairman of the "Front for Change" faction. On December 12, 2012 - deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation from "Fatherland". June 10, 2014 he was appointed the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Media wrote that Zubko moved into the sphere of influence of the president.

In December 2014 to the quota of the president, Zubko became Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services. He was responsible for the reform of decentralization, which is still not implemented. Now Zubko remains in the Cabinet, because he suits both the president and the "People’s Front".

Vice Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs - Vyacheslav Kyrylenko

Kyrylenko came to the Govenrment as a part of the quota of "People’s Front". Initially, he was proposed to head the Ministry of Culture, but Groysman rested. As a result, the "People's Front" agreed to send Kyrylenko in the vice-premiers.

Kyrylenko was born in 1968 in the village Poliske, Kyiv region. In 1993, he graduated from the Philosophy Faculty of Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko, in 1996 finished his post-graduate studies. The candidate of philosophical sciences.

In 1992-1993 Kyrylenko led the Ukrainian Student Union. In 1993, he became a member of the Narodnyi Rukh of Ukraine, and later - a member of the Presidium of the Central Wire of Narodmyi Rukh. At the same time (from 1993 to 2002), led the All-Ukrainian youth public organization "Molodyi Rukh". In 2001 he was a member of the Presidium of the civil committee "For Truth!", co-chairman of the youth coalition of "Our Ukraine". In 2002, he became deputy head of the Ukrainian People's Party. Five times became a people's deputy of Ukraine.

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Kyrylenko proved to be an active participant in the three resonant political actions of civil disobedience - "revolution on granite" (student hunger strike in 1990, which accelerated the declaration of independence of Ukraine), "Orange Revolution" of 2004, and the Revolution of dignity 2013-2014.

In 2005, after the victory of Viktor Yushchenko in the presidential elections in Ukraine, Kyrylenko was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Policy in the first "orange" government of Yulia Tymoshenko. September 27, the same year, after the resignation of the Cabinet, the politician became Vice-Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Social Policy in the government of Yuriy Yekhanurov. He headed the party "People's Union Our Ukraine".

Since December 2012 he has been a deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation from the "Fatherland." In September 2014, he joined his party "For Ukraine!" with the "Popular Front" of Arseniy Yatsenyuk. In the winter of that year he was in the government of Yatsenyuk, sparking criticism from the artists, who are skeptical about his figure. While serving as a half years, Kyrylenko might be remembered because of ban of ​​Russian films in Ukraine.

Minister of Internal Affairs - Arsen Avakov

Avakov is unsinkable. For the third time in a row he will lead the Interior Ministry, a very important agency. It was one of the conditions for Yatsenyuk’s resignation. The balance in the power structures maintained.

Avakov was born in 1964 in Baku in the family of Armenian soldier. In Ukraine he has been living since 1966. In 1988, he graduated from the Kharkiv Polytechnic University, majoring in automatic control systems (systems engineer).

While studying at the institute, in the summer of 1985, Avakov worked as a foreman (Detachment Commander) building management №18 trust in the Tyumen region. In the summer of 1986 he was the commander of student construction team of "Urengoytransstroy" trust. In the late 80’s Avakov was the engineer of the Kharkiv Research Institute of water protection, engaged in scientific activities.

In 1990, he founded one of the first in Ukraine joint-stock companies - "Investor" (coordinates the activities of 40 different enterprises), taking the post of the president (until 2005). In 1992, he founded and headed the commercial bank "Bazys." This is the foundation of his business empire.

In 2002, he was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Kharkiv City Council. February 4, 2005 he was appointed chairman of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration. On the same day, as stated in the official biography, resigned as chairman of the supervisory boards of controlled business structures JSCB " Bazys" and JSC "Investor".

February 5, 2010, on the eve of the repeat voting in the presidential election, Avakov has supported Tymoshenko and was released from the post of head of the Kharkiv regional state administration due to a conflict with Yushchenko.

Since the autumn of 2010 Avakov was a member of the regional council of the "Fatherland" party, led the Kharkiv regional organization of the party. Since December 2012, he has been deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation from "Fatherland." February 27, 2014 he was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the government of Yatsenyuk. In the summer it became clear that Avakov and Yatsenyuk are good friends, and he left the "Fatherland" to go to the polls for the premiere party list.

As a minister, Avakov is remembered by reform of the Interior Ministry and a number of scandals associated with the liquidation of Sasha Bilyi, raiding, control of volunteer battalions. Avakov was also often called "Facebook Minister" for his enthusiasm in social networks.

Long time Avakov is "fighting" with the Kharkiv group of Mikhail Dobkin, Gennady Kernes and Vasyl Salygin. Avakov is also regularly included in the list of the richest Ukrainians, who owns more than $ 300 million.

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