Ukrainian outlet "Correspondent” compiled an annual Top 100 most influential Ukrainians. Politicians, public servants, businessmen included in the list – all those who define the line and policy of our country.
Viktor Medvedchuk (“Opposition platform — For Life”) is in the top 10 not for the first time. He is ranked the 9th in 2018. The experts involved in building up the rating noted the efforts of Medvedchuk in the negotiation process with Russia.
“This figure has influence in Ukrainian back-door policy as he affects a significant part of the voters in the white-blue sector (former Party of Regions, - ed.), he is one of the leaders of the Opposition platform — For Life. This man also has influence in international politics, being perhaps the only communication channel between Ukraine and Russia. This man is also economically influential. He is one of those “grey cardinals” of Ukrainian politics who to a wide extent define Ukrainian socio-cultural political and economic life,” Ruslan Bortnik, political expert, states.
“This politician confidently makes the rank and stays there for quite a long period. At that he remains recognizable and influential,” Oleksandra Reshmetdilova, policy analyst, says.
According to social research, the Opposition platform — For Life has more and more credibility among the voters. The party notes that this is due to Viktor Medvedchuk.
“Trust is very important on the high inter-state level. I listened to the press conference of Poroshenko where he says that he will go on using services of Medvechuk, because he is the only person, whom Putin obeys. Yes, he believes him, and he is right because he doesn’t lie. Is it useful for Ukraine? Of course, it is,” Vadym Rabinovych, Ukrainian MP and a founder of the Opposition platform — For Life, said.
“I am sure that such a high rating of Viktor Medvedchuk was made taking into account that he indeed is a foundation for the association of oppositional forces and the experts couldn’t but appraise that. And of course, the fact that 486 persons came back home thanks to Viktor Medvechuk. Another thing that influenced the decision of the experts is that Viktor is performing a tremendous job to get our navy men back,” Nestor Shufrych, Ukrainian MP and a representative of the Opposition platform — For Life, summed up.
Ukrainian outlet “Correspondent" compiles the “Top 100 most influential Ukrainians” rating every year. This time 17 independent experts were involved into selecting the persons for the rating.