Cabinet of Groysman: who are all these people? (part 2)

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

Source : 112 Ukraine

112 offers you to become better acquainted with the new Ukrainian ministers
16:44, 15 April 2016

Minister of Defense - Stepan Poltorak

Stepan Poltorak was born in 1965 in the village of vesela Dolyna, Tarutino district of Odesa region. He graduated from the Ordzhonikidze Higher Military Command School named after Kirov and Academy of the USSR Interior Ministry and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Since August 1983, he has been at the military service. Stepan Poltorak served as a platoon commander, company commander, battalion chief of staff, commander of the battalion, regiment, and brigade. Since March 2002 he has been the Head of the Academy of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Associate Professor and Colonel-General is listed on the Honour roll of Internal Troops of Ukraine.

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February 26, 2014, the Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov appointed Poltorak to the post of commander of the Interior Troops, and in April, Parliament appointed him to lead the National Guard. In October 2014, Poroshenko introduced to the parliament the candidacy of Poltorak and Parliament approved it. He is close to the president. Poroshenko once said that he is not going to fire Poltorak.

Poltorak has the rank of colonel general. He is honored Worker of Education of Ukraine, professor. He was awarded the Order of Bogdan Khmelnytsky of III degree and a medal "For Service in Battle". He is also a honorary Citizen of Kharkiv.

The Minister of Finance - Olexander Danyluk

Danyluk was born in the city of Grigoriopol, Moldova. He graduated from the Kyiv Institute of Investment Management, National Technical University, and the School of Business (MBA) at Indiana University (USA). He speaks five languages.

Since 1995, he worked as a broker. Then, two years was head of the department in CJSC "Alfa Capital", then went to the state enterprise "Akademproekt". In 1998, Danyluk worked in "Western NIS Enterprise Fund" in Ukraine, and then went to study in the United States. Back in 2001, in Ukraine, Olexander was promoted to Vice President in "Avechurs" company. Then, for three years, Daniluk has worked on projects for the company "McKinsey & Company" in London and Moscow, four years headed one of London Investment Funds.

Since September 2010, he led the Coordination Centre for the implementation of economic reforms. Coordination Center was directly under the patronage of the head of the AP Serhiy Lyovochkin. He was even an adviser to President Yanukovych, but then he was dismissed by Turchynov.

July 17, 2014 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Danyluk representative of the President of Ukraine in the Cabinet. Danyluk was considered for the post of deputy head of the AP, designed to oversee reform, but this place was given to the general director of Microsoft Ukraine Shymkiv. September 25, 2015 Danyluk was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on judicial reform.

Appointment of Danyluk in the Cabinet – it is the president's proposal. Now Danyluk will negotiate with the IMF for loans. He is a man of Western thought, studied in America and worked in Britain. And, unlike Greusman, he speaks English. In this case, it is very important.

The Minister of Justice - Pavlo Petrenko

Petrenko was born in Chernivtsi. In 2001 he graduated from the Chernivtsi University, specialty - "Jurisprudence", and in 2004 - Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, specialty - "Management of foreign economic activity." In 2014, he received the degree of Candidate of Legal Sciences.

He started his career in 2001, the General Counsel of "Oschadbank", soon took the leading positions in the bank. In 2006, he resigned to engage in private practice. In politics came he appeared in 2010 as the deputy of the Kyiv regional council. Since 2009, he has been a member of party of his old friend Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was a member of the Party Bureau and Head of the Legal Department.

In 2012, elected deputy of VII convocation from the "Fatherland." In 2013, after the unification of "Front for Change" and " Fatherland", he was elected one of the deputies of Yatsenyuk.

During Euromaidan Petrenko handled legal matters of the revolution. After the change of government, he was elected Justice Minister in the government of Yatsenyuk. Petrenko is a longtime friend of Arseniy Yatsenyuk. They have become friends at the university.

Ministry of Justice is a very important ministry. All bills go through the Ministry of Justice before getting into parliament. Petrenko’s task was to reform the judicial system, but so far, in this direction no any progress is visible. However, he disclosed of a number of registers. But behind Petrenko’s back is Arseniy Yatsenyuk, which means that the new Cabinet will take into account the opinion of Arseniy.

Foreign Minister - Pavlo Klimkin

Pavlo Klimkin was born in 1967 in Kursk, Russia. In 1991, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Faculty Aerophysics and space research in the specialty "Applied Mathematics and Physics". He speaks Ukrainian, English, German, and French.

In 1991, he went to work at the Institute of Electric named after Paton, two years later moved to the post of attaché and secretary of the Department of Military Control and Disarmament Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He began the diplomatic work of the future Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 1997, Klimkin became the Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany on scientific and technical and policy issues. Klimkin later worked as an advisor of the Department of Foreign Economic Cooperation of Ukraine on nuclear and energy security, headed the department of economic and sectorial cooperation between EU and European Integration Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 2004-2008 he worked at the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom, and then headed the Department of the European Union of MFA of Ukraine.

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In 2010, he became the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He was responsible for preparation of the Association Agreement with the EU. In 2012, he became the ambassador in Germany. President Petro Poroshenko took Klimkin from Berlin and appointed the new Foreign Minister. June 19, Parliament approved the appointment.

On the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Klimkin was forging links with Western countries. Klimkin is an active user of social networks, often publishes their photos and reports of diplomatic meetings. He is not involved into scandals, except for the strange sensation around the dismissal of the ambassador to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev.

The head of the Foreign Ministry is a quota of the president. Poroshenko initially said he would like Klimkin to stay in the new government.

Minister of Energy and Coal Industry - Ihor Nasalyk

Energy Minister post has become one of the most arguable one. The parties agreed to appoint Ihor Nasalyk, who until now has been working as a deputy chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. And this is a very controversial decision.

Nasalyk was born in Olexandria, Kirovohrad region, and grew up in Rohatyn. In 1989, he graduated from the Physics Department of the Lviv State University named after Ivan Franko as an engineer optoelectronic systems. In the early 1990s, Nasalyk was an advisor Director of Economic Affairs at the enterprises in Lviv and Rohatyn, in 1995 became the president of industrial-production Corporation "Tehnoinvesttsentr". This is the heart of the business empire of Nasalyk. He is a multimillionaire, owner of eight vehicles, including the Bentley, Porsche, the Mercedes, sports motorcycles, boats, once he even bought a plane. He has a house in Koncha Zaspa, apartment on Khreshchatyk, and so on. He is a business Partner of Diminsky.

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For the first time he appeared in politics in 1998, when he became a national deputy. Then he came to the committee on fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety, which he does not change until now. Why did he chose this committee? His business is connected with fuel and energy complex.

Patrimony of Nasalyk is energy-rich Kalush, where he was a mayor for two times in 2006-2014 years. He ran for the post of mayor of Kyiv in 2014, as a member from the Radical Party of Ukraine, but failed.

In the parliamentary elections in 2014, Nasalyk ran for the District №85 from BPP. By the way, before that, he has been a people's deputy of III and IV convocations. During that time, he has joined the four factions, including "Our Ukraine" and "Fatherland". Now he is one of the sponsors of BPP. It is possible that a ministerial post is a kind of gratitude to the party for all the "donations".

Minister of Infrastructure - Volodymyr Omelyan

Omelyan  was born January 30, 1979 in Lviv. In 2000 he graduated from the Lviv University; 2001 - from National University "Lviv Polytechnic". He received a degree in finance, international relations, economics and entrepreneurship.

In 2000-2008 he held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He worked in the embassy of Ukraine in Vienna. Then two years he worked in the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Then he returned to the Foreign Ministry. From 2012 to 2014, he has been Deputy Director of the Department to ensure the activities of the head of the Ministry of Finance. In December 2014, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. At the same time, he was appointed member of the Supervisory Board state enterprise "Ukrekoresurs". At the national level, this enterprise organizes the collection system of harvesting and recycling of waste as secondary raw materials. Media published an investigation which refers to the business of family members of Omelyan in the field of waste treatment and conflict of interest.

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One of the priorities of Omelyan’s work in the Ministry of Infrastructure was reform of "Ukrzaliznytsia". So far, his work has no success. He blamed "oligarchic groups" in blocking the efforts of the Ministry.

The other day, Omelyan became head of the "Ukrzaliznytsia". Omelyan announced the arrival of Uber taxi service in Ukraine. However, the official assured that he was not lobbying for this company, and just wants to create the competitive conditions in the country.

Today's appointment of the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure is a quota of the "People’s Front".

Minister of Social Policy - Andriy Reva


Reva is another “creature” of Greusman. Reva was his deputy in Vinnytsia, when he was mayor of the city. Greusman would like Reva to come into the Ministry of Health, but the place for him found only in the Ministry of Social Policy.

Reva was born in Bogodukhiv, Kharkiv region. In 1987, he graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military-Political School. He is an officer with higher military-special education. His second higher education is jurisprudence.

In 1983-1987, he was a student of the Leningrad Higher Military-Political School of Air Defense. 1987 – 1989 he has been deputy company commander for political affairs. From 1989 to 1995 he worked as a school teacher in Vinnytsia.

Then he became deputy head of the Vinnytsia Dmytro Dvorkis. Then Reva went to work as the head of department of social protection of the population in Zamostyanskiy District Council in Vinnytsia.

Greusman's victory became Reva’s victory - he returned to the office of the deputy, where he remained until this day. He has not been seen in scandals. He likes to talk about himself, that he was one of the authors of the current method of calculating subsidies for housing and communal services.

Minister of ATO and the occupied territories - Vadym Chernysh

Chernysh was born in the village of Kazanka, Mykolaiv region. In 1999, he graduated from Kharkiv National Law Academy. He worked as a lawyer, and he has some teaching experience. In the presidential election in 2004 was a confidant of Viktor Yushchenko. He was head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration (2006-2007). Thereafter, Chernysh has worked as an expert on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. Since 2010 he has been the member of the international organization ACAMS, USA. Also he is the head of the NGO Centre for Security Studies and the anti-money laundering.

In June 2015, Chernysh was appointed head of the State Agency for the recovery of Donbas, which, however, has not worked. His candidacy has not been discussed with the local authorities of Donbas or Crimea.

Minister of Education and Science - Lilia Grynevych


Grynevych was born in a family of teachers in Lviv. She has two diplomas: teacher-biochemist (Lviv National Ivan Franko University), economist-manager (Interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Studies and Retraining at Lviv Polytechnic Institute). She has an internship at Warsaw University and Columbia University. She speaks English and Polish.

She began her career at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology of the Lviv State University. Then she worked as a teacher, biology teacher, deputy director of the Lviv schools. In 2002, she moved to Kyiv to teach at the Department of Education Management at the Institute of Economics and Law. At the same time, she worked as director of "Renaissance" International Foundation Center for test technologies. In 2006-2009, Grynevych was the Head of Education and Science of Kyiv City State Administration. She studied quality monitoring problems of education at the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

In the parliamentary elections in 2012 she was an MP from "Fatherland". Verkhovna Rada has headed the Science and Education Committee. June 15, 2013, after the unification of "Front for Change," and "Fatherland", she was elected one of the Vice-leaders of "Fatherland". In the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada in 2014 she became the MP froom "People's Front," and led the Science and Education Committee.

She has become a leading lobbyist of the new Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education" (adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of July 1, 2014), which claims the autonomy of universities and academic freedom of teachers and students, introduces a system of quality assurance in higher education. 

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