Who is Mr. Ze: All we need to know about Volodymyr Zelensky

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The biography and key moments of the life of Volodymyr Zelensky
20:58, 21 April 2019

112 Agency

The elections of the president of Ukraine comes to the end and the Central Election Commission will announce their results. Bu the main discovery of these elections is showman Volodymyr Zelensky, who announced on New Year's Eve that he runs for the presidency. He was the leader of the presidential race for a few months and received the maximal support of the voters at the first tour of the elections. We introduce the possible new president of Ukraine to you.

General information

Volodymyr Zelensky was born on January 25, 1978, in Kryvy Rih to Jewish parents. He lived in Erdenet, Mongolia for four years before entering the gymnasium and later his family returned to Kryvy Rih. Father of the showman Oleksandr Zelensky headed the CS Department at a local branch of Kyiv Economic University. He holds a Ph.D.'s degree in economics. Volodymyr’s mother Rimma Zelenska worked as an engineer and does the housework currently.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine

In 2003, Volodymyr Zelensky married Olena Kiyashko, his schoolmate. They have two children: daughter Oleksandra (born in 2004) and son Kyrylo (born in 2013).

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Zelensky graduated from Kryvy Rih Economic Institute based on Kyiv Economic University. He received a legal education bud has never worked on a specialty.


Zelensky got involved with KVN (Club of the Funny and Inventive People, humor TV show) in college and created a theatre of miniatures Bespryzornyk (Guttersnipe). Meanwhile, he along with Oleksandr Pikalov and Denys Manzhosov, created KVN team Molody Kryvy Rih. Later he was a member of Zaporizhia-Kryvyi Rih-Transit team. Kryvy Rih Team was next stage in his life and in 1997, Kvartal 95 Studio was created and Zelensky became its captain, actor, and author of many performances.

Since 1999, the team participated in the Major League and the highest open league of KVN. However, the conflict between Kvartal 95 Studio and Amic Company, which ruled the KVN, took place in 2003. Zelensky was offered to stay in KVN as the author and editor but without his team. Volodymyr refused from the offer and left KVN along with his team.

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The Ukrainian TV channels showed an interest in KVN team and Kvartal 95 Studio began to prepare the number of the concerts consisting of the best acts of the team for 1+1 TV channel. In 2005, the first issue of Evening Kvartal took place at Inter TV channel. Since December 23, 2010, up to September 3, 2012, Zelensky occupied the position of the Producer General of Inter. In October 2012, Zelensky and Kvartal 95 Studio signed a contract with 1+1.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine

Besides Evening Kvartal, the studio released a number of the projects, including Biytsivksy Klub (Fighting Club), Ukrayino, vstavai (Rise up, Ukraine), Rozsmishy komika (Amuse a comedian), Kyiv Vechirny (Kyiv at night) and Liga smikhu (League of Laughter).

Zelensky is also the screenwriter, producer and actor of a few films and TV series: Svaty (Matchmakers), Lyubov u velykome misti (Love in the Big City), Sluzhbovy roman: nash chas (Office Romance. Our Time), 8 pershykh pobachen (8 First Dates), Ya, ty, vin, vona (Me, You, He, She). In 2015, the first season of TV series Servant of the People was released. Zelensky played a role of the president of Ukraine there.


After the release of Servant for the People TV show, Zelensky was associated with Vasyl Holoborodko, his character in the series. Due to this, showman was included on the lists of the potential candidates for the post of the president of Ukraine. In 2017, the lawyers of Kvartal 95 Studio registered political party Servant for the People.

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The statement of Zelensky that he decided to fight for the first post in the country was shown by 1+1 TV channel on New Year's Eve on January 1, 2019. It was announced stroke of midnight, instead of the New Year greeting of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. On January 21, 2019, political party Servant for the People officially nominated Zelensky as the candidate for the presidency.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine

Almost immediately after the registration of Zelensky as the candidate for the presidency, he headed the election rating. However, many people criticized Zelensky for the absence of the political experience and holding of the closed election campaign. According to the results of the voting on the first round, the showman occupied the first place with 30,24% of the votes. Current President Petro Poroshenko got the second place with 15,95% and entered the second tour along with Zelensky.

Before the second round, Zelensky offered Poroshenko to hold the public debates at Olympic Stadium and to be tested for the presence of alcohol and drugs in the blood and Poroshenko agreed.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine
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In the election program, Zelensky promised to turn Ukraine into the state, where business “can be opened during an hour, a foreign passport can be issued during 15 minutes and voting at the elections can take place on one second.” Besides, “the doctors and teachers get real payment and corrupt officials get real imprisonment” in “Ukraine of a dream” of Zelensky. While “old people get decent retirement instead of a heart attack due to the payment for the utilities.”

Zelensky is tied with oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky; however, both of them deny it.

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Many Russian politicians support Volodymyr Zelensky during the elections. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (who negatively spoke about Ukraine and Ukrainian people and also urged to hold a war with the neighboring country), Natalia Poklonska, the ex-prosecutor of Crimea and current lawmaker of the Russian State Duma are on this list.

On March 28, 2019, odious Russian actors Ivan Okhlobystin and Mikhail Porechenkov expressed the support of Zelensky. They were put on the list of the anti-Ukrainian views, posting of the threat to the national security of Ukraine due to their anti-Ukrainian statements and support of the Russian occupation forces in Donbas. Zelensky reacted to the video and statements of the Russian actors and said that the video was made on purpose.


Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine at TV series Servant for the People
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According to the declaration, the general incomes of Zelensky made $178,471 in 2017. The main part of this sum is the incomes from the business owned by the showman. His wife earned $29,900.

The family keeps $727,500, € 50,100 and 1,4 million of hryvnia on the bank accounts.

Zelensky family owns a house and the land plot not far from Kyiv, three flats and three places for a car in Kyiv and occupied Crimea.

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Showman drives Land Rover 2016 and his wife drives Mercedes-Benz 2014.

High-profile scandal

Zelensky and Kadyrov. In 2014, Kvartal 95 Studio released a video with crying head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. The video with Kadyrov was mounted with a voice of the Ukrainian pensioner, who got upset due to the dismantling of Lenin monument in Kharkiv. Later Russian lawmaker Shamsail Saraliev recommended Zelensky on Twitter to “prepare for ground.”

It turned out that the video with Kadyrov was shot during namaz (Muslim prayer). Shoman apologized for a bad joke and added that the issue is not in the name of a person but in the things, which cannot be laughed.

The car of Zelensky was burned in December 2014. At the beginning of 2015, Anton Herashchenko, the advisor of the Interior Minister, reported on Facebook that the law enforcers detained the group of seven people. One of the detainees was tied to “head of the Chechen Republic.”

“This group have been gathering information about Volodymyr Zelensky and members of his family in Kyiv and Kryvy Rih for six months…To prevent the further destruction of the property and possible physical elimination of Zelensky and his relatives, we decided to detain this group,” Herashchenko reported.

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“Ukraine reminds actress from German adult movies.” In 2016, Zelensky compared Ukraine to “the actress of German adult movies,” which “is ready to accept any number from any side” during the performance in Latvian Jurmala.

It raised the displeasure of some TOP officials of the state and MPs. Thus, Oleg Lyashko described showman as “degenerate without roots and tribe.”

Ban of Svaty series. In 2017, the broadcasting of Svaty series was banned. The participation of Russian actor Fedor Dobronravov became the reason for such decision as he supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and illegally crossed the Ukrainian border visiting Crimea.

Zelensky stood for the defense of the series and recommended the law enforcers to “defeat nepotism and only then fight against Svaty”.

“You fight against thing, which unites people, united millions of viewers,” Zelensky stated.

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Offshores and business in Russia. In January 2019, the journalists have found three Russian companies, which deals with the production of movies, video films, and TV programs: Weisberg Pictures, Platinumfilm, and Green Films. The founder of these companies is Green Family Ltd. the company from Cyprus. It was reported that this company is the co-founder of Kvartal 95 Studio in Ukraine and its ultimate beneficiaries are Volodymyr Zelensky, his business partners Andry Yakovlev, Borys and Serhy Shefir and Timur Mindich, the ally of Ihor Kolomoysky.

The most successful company is Green Films. According to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service, in 2014, the sum of the incomes of Green Films made $5,3 million, in 2015 - $3,25 million, in 2016 - $1,9 million. In 2017, Green Films got $547,000 from the state budget of Russia for the production of the film. Later Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he withdrew from the shareholding of Green Family LTD.

Mansion in Italy. The journalists of Slidstvo.Info (Investigation.Info) published the documents, according to which, Italian Company San Tommaso SRL declared by Zelensky, bought 15-rooms house in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany in 2017. The Italian paid 3,8 million of euro for it. However, it is unknown, whether Zelensky visits Tuscany villa.

It is noteworthy that Russian oligarchs Roman Abramovich, Oleg Deripaska and relatives of deceased Boris Eltsyn visit Forte dei Marmi very often.

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Conscription. The Defense Ministry of Ukraine stated that Volodymyr Zelensky ignored summons from the conscription office four times in 2014-2015.

“For the conscription during the mobilization, he was delivered the summons on April 15, 2014, June 23, 2014, August 15, 2014, and May 10, 2015, at the address defined at his records. V. O. Zelensky did not come to the conscription office on the summon,” the message said.

It is noted that Zelensky stays in the military register of the persons liable for military duty since December 22, 2008. His military rank is a soldier and specialty is an administrator. He is suitable for the military service but did not serve at the Armed Forces of Ukraine. it was reported that Zelensky and Kvartal 95 Studio transferred $37,100 for the Ukrainian military.



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