Meet Ukraine's First Lady: who is Olena Zelenska and what does she do

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Source : 112 Ukraine

Who is she - the potential first lady of Ukraine?
11:48, 20 May 2019

112 Agency

According to the results of the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine, wannabe prez Volodymyr Zelensky has got 30.24% of votes. The second round to take place on April 21, where Zelensky would face off current president Petro Poroshenko.

In the meantime, we will acquaint you with Olena Zelenska, the wife of a presidential candidate and a potential first lady of Ukraine.

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What do we know about Olena Zelenska?

In fact, we do not know much - she has always preferred to stay in the shadow of her famous husband, even while he was a popular comedian and showman.

Olena Zelenska was born in Kryvyi Rih on February 16, 1978. She and her future husband were schoolmates, but they were not acquainted. Zelensky once said, he knew many of her classmates, but he did not know about Olena. They got acquainted much later - when Olena Kiyashko (birth surname) studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Kryvyi Rih National University, and Volodymyr Zelensky got a degree in law at the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute.

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Relationships between the couple developed gradually - they were dating for 8 years before they got married in 2003.

Volodymyr Zelensky and Olena Zelenska, wedding
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Olena almost did not work by the specialty of the architect - she wrote texts for Kvartal 95 Studio. In her youth, she often accompanied Zelensky on performances and rehearsals, then gradually helping in the preparation of team acts, and then became a full-fledged author.

According to the declaration of Volodymyr Zelensky for 2017, Olena owns two flats: one 129,8 square meters in Livadiya (occupied Crimea) and 284 square meters flat in Kyiv. Moreover, the spouse of Zelensky is one of the ultimate beneficiaries of Kvartal 95 Studio, Zelari fish, Aldorante Limited (Cyprus), Film Heritage inc (Belize), and San Tommaso SRL (Italy).

The incomes of Olena Zelenska in 2017 made almost 7,000 USD. She also possesses 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 500.

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According to Olena, at first, she was strongly against the idea of the presidency of her husband.

“I was frankly and aggressively against the beginning of this project. Because it is a very difficult project, even not a project but another direction in life. But I was possibly protected. At the earliest planes, when it was discussed with the colleagues, close allies, I cannot say that it was concealed from me but I was protected from the unnecessary information to prevent me from being nervous ahead of time,” she said to ICTV.

However, Volodymyr, according to her, is a very self-motivated person and it is pointless to resist his decision. Therefore, Olena not just resigned herself to his decision but strongly supports the husband. She was seen in his headquarters many times, however, she does not participate in the election campaign of Zelensky.

Volodymyr Zelensky and Olena Zelenska, headquarters of Zelensky's team on March 31, 2019
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“Of course, within the talks during the family dinner, I can express my opinion about everything. But I think that does not matter,” Olena specified.

At the same time, Olena Zelenska states that she does not think about the status of the first lady as she is afraid to gain in advance.

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