On the evening of May 21, the information on the new appointments of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was published. Andriy Bohdan took office of the presidential administration head. Ruslan Homchak became the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, Andriy Yermak, Ruslan Stefanchuk, Mykhailo Fedorov, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Yuri Kostyuk and Serhiey Trofimov got their new posts. The first assistant to the president is now Serhiy Shefir. There was a discrepancy with another appointment of Olena Zerkal, and it eventually did not take place.
Who are these people, what are they known for and what will they do?
Serhiy Shefir, First Assistant to the President, was born in Kryvyi Rih, he is a screenwriter, producer and co-founder of Kvartal 95 Studio. In addition to writing text of the jokes, he worked with popular television projects, films and TV shows. Serhiy Shefir is Zelensky's business partner and his long-time friend.
Andriy Yermak became an assistant to the president. Yermak is a lawyer specializing in financial and banking law, constitutional law, commercial and international law. He has been engaged in advocacy since 1995. He was one of the first in Ukraine to participate in the development of legislative acts in the field of intellectual property and economic interests. The current member of the IBA and the Ukrainian Lawyers Association.
Ruslan Stefanchuk became the presidential representative in the Verkhovna Rada. Stefanchuk is a Doctor of Law and Lawyer. Previously, he worked as an assistant to the MP from Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc, Anatoly Matvienko, and assistant to the vice-premier Stepan Kubiv. Two years, from 2011 to 2013, he was in charge of the department of national legislation development issues at the Institute of Legislation of the Republic of Belarus.
Mykhailo Fedorov is a freelance adviser to the president. Ukraine learned about Fedorov during Zelensky’s election campaign - he was the curator of digital sector. It was he who built the "grid" of potential voters of the current president on the Internet and promoted the campaign in social networks and other communication channels. These accounts in Telegram, Instagram and YouTube are the work of Fedorov.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko is appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Tymoshenko is the founder of GoodMedia, a company specializing in political and social advertising. Among its customers are Yuriy Lutsenko, Petro Poroshenko and many other top officials. The broadcast of the inauguration of the ex-president Poroshenko in 2014 was organized by the production of Tymoshenko. Moreover, already during the Zelensky presidential campaign, GoodMedia broadcast the Poroshenko team forum. Nevertheless, it was GoodMedia that filmed all the Ze-videos. Tymoshenko also partially fulfilled the duties of the current president’s press service.
Ruslan Ryaboshapka - another deputy head in the Presidential Administration. Ryaboshapka has worked in the Ministry of Justice since 1998. Under President Yushchenko, he was the head of the Anti-Corruption Policy Bureau, then he worked in one of the departments of the Cabinet of Ministers. In 2013-2014 Ryaboshapka worked in the Ukrainian office of Transparency International. His resume also includes the work of the Deputy Minister of Justice.
Yuri Kostyuk - deputy head of the Presidential Administration. He is a screenwriter. Images of heroes and storylines of the series "The Servant of the People" was created by him. During the election campaign, Kostyuk was a member of the creative team of Zelensky headquarters. It was he who spoke about the "tricks" at the inauguration of Zelensky.
Sergey Trofimov - First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration. He, like many in this list, comes from Kvartal 95 Studio. Trofimov worked there as a producer.
Olena Zerkal was appointed to the post of deputy head of the Presidential Administration, but the deputy foreign minister refused the post. She agreed to be only authorized on issues of international courts of Ukraine in relation to Russia, and not deputy head of the Presidential Administration. The decree on this appointment has disappeared from the website of the president.