Let us talk about Ukraine’s presidential elections again. The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates has appeared. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019. The elections are scheduled for March 31, 2019.
We all know that the electoral pledge at the presidential election is 2,5 million hryvnia (90,000 USD). And, of course, each of the 44 registered candidates with the CEC has contributed this large amount. That is, having such money already suggests that the simple teacher or doctor would unlikely take part in this race. However, some candidates have much larger amounts. But there are those who, according to the declarations, live quite modestly or at the expense of their spouses.
Based on the candidate’s declarations for 2017, we have calculated which of them are the richest and who lives on 600 USD per month. We summed up the incomes of specific candidates, added their cash and bank savings, dollar rate of 27 UAH, euro rate of 30 UAH.
The richest candidates for the presidency of Ukraine
- Evgeny Murayev, 94,8 million UAH (3,35 million USD)
Evgeny Murayev, a former member of Party of Regions, Opposition Bloc, and former chairman of the political council of the For Life (Za zhyttia) party. In September 2018 he left For Life and created his new political party Ours (Nashi). By adding and multiplying incomes and savings, we have calculated 94.8 million UAH (3,35 million USD). The bulk of the amount, however, falls on savings.
- Oleksandr Vilkul, 139 million UAH (4,96 USD)
Vilkul is a member of the political party "Opposition Bloc - Party of Peace and Development," former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Chief of State commission for technogenic and ecological safety and emergency situation. He receives his main income from interest for keeping funds in a bank. But the basis of his sum is savings.
- Serhiy Taruta, 156 million UAH (5,6 million USD)
Serhiy Taruta is Ukraine’s current MP, Ukrainian oligarch, founder of Industrial Union of Donbas, former President of FC Metalurh Donetsk, and the former governor of Donetsk Oblast. He is one of the few representatives of the electoral list who keeps savings not only in dollars and euros but also in pounds sterling.
- Yuriy Derevyanko, 404,5 million UAH (14,5 million USD)
Yuriy Derevyanko is Ukraine’s MP of the VIIth and VIIIth convocations. Derevyanko is a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction. In addition to an impressive fleet of vehicles, Derevyanko has an impressive amount of savings. However, they are almost half the size of the list leader.
- Petro Poroshenko, 711 million UAH (25,4 million USD)
Petro Poroshenko has been engaged in business for a long time, and his business was engaged rather successful. So his leadership in our list of the richest presidential candidates is unlikely to surprise anyone. Securities and savings are the basis of his budget.
The poorest candidates for the presidency of Ukraine
- Oleksandr Solovyov, 400 thousand UAH (14,000 USD)
Oleksandr Solovyov is a member of the Rozumna Force party, which nominated him as a candidate. In addition, he is the deputy director of a law firm, which is the only source of his income. In addition, Solovyov has 6,100 USD of savings. His wife of the presidential candidate is much richer; she has a little more than a million hryvnia savings (40,000 USD).
- Ruslan Koshulynsky, 300 thousand UAH (10,700 USD)
Far-right Svoboda party, as well as far-right extremist organizations Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists, Right Sector and C14 ( included in the American terrorist base) endorsed Koshulynsky candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election. The far-right leader lives on a salary from his party, where he serves as the deputy head. He gets 890 USD a year. The remaining amount was calculated from the savings declared by Koshulynsky.
- Ruslan Rygovanov, 250 thousand UAH (890 USD)
Ruslan Rygovanov is the acting head of "Sevastopol Sea Fishing Port" State Enterprise, however, he is better known as a person dealing with IDPs issues. Rygovanov was registered as an independent candidate. Salary and small savings – that’s everything he has.
2.Yuriy Tymoshenko, 200 thousand UAH (700 USD)
Yuriy Tymoshenko, Ukrainian MP of the VIIIth convocation, was registered as an independent candidate. He did not have any savings as of 2017, except salary from the the Verkhovna Rada.
- Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, 18 UAH (64 cents)
No, this is not a typo, it’s 64 cents. This is how much former Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko receives. The family does not have any savings. At least, he stated so in his 2017 declaration. Nalyvaichenko's wife, by the way, earned 39,400 UAH (1,400 USD) for the year.
10 presidential candidates have declared less than a million hryvnia in 2017: Nalyvaichenko, Rygovanov, Koshulynsky, Solovyov, Lytvynenko, Sadovyi, Kaplin, Bezsmertny, Moroz, and Yuriy Tymoshenko.
Zhuravlyov, Kyva, Gnap, Karmazin, Novak, Dobrodomov, Petrov, Boyko, Kryvenko, Hrytsenko, Gaber, Danilyuk, Kupriy, Oleksandr Shevchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko have from one to ten million.
More than 20 million were declared by Balashov, Bogomolets, Vashchenko, Zelensky, Lyashko, Kornatsky, Bondar, Murayev, Vilkul, Taruta, Derevyanko, and Igor Shevchenko.
If we add up the fortunes of these 44 candidates, we will get almost 73,95400 million USD. This is more than the nominal value of GDP for 2017 of Comoros, Tonga, Sao Tome and Principe, Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and Tuvalu.