Olexiy Poroshenko was born in the village of Safyany (now Odesa region), then moved to Lviv, where he received education of a mechanical engineer for mechanization of labor-intensive processes in agriculture.
After university, he returned to Bolgrad, where for 15 years he worked as chief engineer of the regional agricultural machinery association.
After Ukraine gained independence, in connection with the war in Transnistria, he moved to Kyiv.
Here he worked as deputy general director of JSC "Exchange House Ukraine", which general director (coincidentally or not) was his son Petro Poroshenko. Further, Oleksiyi Poroshenko became again the deputy general director of CJSC Ukrainian Industrial and Investment Concern, where the general director was ... (drum roll) Petro Poroshenko!
And after his son went into politics, in 1998, Olexiy Poroshenko became the general director of the Ukrprominvest concern. And since 2005, he became the head of the Prime Assets Capital investment fund.
In 2012, the Focus magazine included him in the list of 20 most successful landowners in Ukraine. For achievements in agriculture, received the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Poroshenko-father was a shareholder in the enterprises of his son - the Roshen factory and the Kyiv factory of experimental designs. He was also the founder of the International Investment Bank.
Apparently, having decided to keep up with his son, Olexiy Poroshenko was also engaged in political activities.
So, from 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Vinnytsia regional council.
He participated in the 2012 parliamentary elections, but stopped campaigning allegedly by family decision.
Before that, he was already trying to get into the Verkhovna Rada - in 2002, but he was not elected.
Problems with law
In 1974, Oleksiy Poroshenko was threatened with expulsion from the party on charges of embezzlement of public funds during the construction of a private house in Safyan.
In 1989, a criminal case was initiated against him. At that time he worked in Tiraspol as the head of the construction and assembly column of the Moldselgosmontazh trust.
The matter was rather ridiculous: he was imprisoned for having received from the director of the Moldselgosmontazh plant two enameled cable coils, which he kept in his garage. And also for the fact that he purchased from an unidentified driver a 64 liter of alcohol, "knowingly obtained by criminal means." It’s a crime, because it was impossible to get such a quantity of alcohol legally in the Soviet Union at that time.
In addition, Poroshenko was found guilty of having acquired two homemade knives, which he kept at home and which were recognized as weapons. Also there were accusations of unreasonable receipt of bonuses. But these charges were eventually dropped.
Poroshenko was sentenced to 5 years in a penal colony with a general regime with confiscation of property and deprivation of the right to occupy managerial posts for five years. Later, the court dropped charges against theft of cable and reduced the term of imprisonment to two years.