Ukraine prepares for nationwide local elections: Who to fight for Kyiv mayoral office?

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Source : 112 Ukraine

The election campaign in Ukraine’s local elections started on September 5. The candidate registration deadline ended on September 24, and the voting itself will take place on October 25
10:00, 6 October 2020

Elections in Kyiv
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The election campaign in Ukraine’s local elections started on September 5. The candidate registration deadline ended on September 24, and the voting itself will take place on October 25.

On this day, Kyiv residents will receive two ballots - for voting for the city council members and for the mayor. We would like to tell you who is running for the Kyiv mayoral office this year.

Boryslav Bereza, EcoParty

Place of birth: Kyiv.

Age: 46

Education: Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Public Administration and Administration, correspondence course, 2018).

Non-factional deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation, member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaker of the far-right Right Sector (February - December 2014). Boryslav Bereza is running for the post of mayor of Kyiv for the second time.

In the previous elections in 2015, he passed to the second round, but lost to Vitali Klitschko, gaining 32.30% of the vote.

When explaining his decision to run in the upcoming election, Bereza said that "the capital was ruled for decades by random people who had no strategy or vision for the future of Kyiv."

Iryna Vereshchuk, Servant of the People

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Place of birth: Rava-Ruska, Lviv region.

Age: 40

Education: Military Institute at the National University "Lviv Polytechnic" (International Information department), Lviv National University named after Ivan Franko (Jurisprudence).

MP of the Verkhovna Rada, lawyer, former mayor of Rava-Russkaya Iryna Vereshchuk on July 16 won the internal party primaries, beating four of her colleagues: Oleksandr Dubinsky, Mykola Tyshchenko, Dmytro Gurin and Oleksandr Kachura.

Vereshchuk entered the parliament of the IX convocation on the list of the Servant of the People party (No. 29 in the list), from September 4, 2019 to November 15, 2019, she was the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Verkhovna Rada.

He is a member of the parliamentary committee on national security and defense, head of the subcommittee on state security and defense.

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Maksym Goldarb, independent candidate

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Place of birth: Lypky, Tula region, Russia.

Age: 42

Education: Donetsk National University (Jurisprudence), Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (Master's degree).

In 2013-2014, Maksym Goldarb headed the Department of Internal Audit and Financial Control of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Since September 2014 he has been the chairman of the "Public Audit" organization. In 2018 he was a co-organizer of the All-Ukrainian "Party of Peace" movement.

Diana Grantseva, independent candidate


There is little information about this candidate in open sources. As Grantseva herself wrote on her Facebook, she comes from Kerch (Crimea) and now lives in Kyiv.

Grantseva is the head of the National Ukrainian Housing Association, which deals with housing and communal services. She also founded the Grani Grantesevoy project.

Grantseva posted a video in which she announced her intention to run for the capital's mayor:

"We were promised a fortune many times, and then we could not get even the simplest things. And at the same time, I believe that the collective mind rules, and this time we will make the right choice. And it does not matter if it is me or some other candidate, the main thing is that there was a result. So that we, and our parents, our children, and grandchildren, in a few years, proudly for our common successes, will tell the whole world," the candidate noted.

Grantseva said that in 1998 she came to Kyiv as a "young graduate" and "fell in love with it at first sight."

Serhiy Gusovsky, For the future

Volodymyr Petrov

Place of birth: Kyiv.

Age: 53

Education: Kyiv Higher Military Aviation Engineering School (Electrical Engineer), Moscow State University.

The current deputy of the Kyiv City Council, a well-known entrepreneur-restaurateur Serhiy Gusovsky has already taken part in the elections for the mayor of the capital - in 2015 but won only 7.71% of the vote (5th place).

Since December 2015, he has been a member of the permanent City Council Commission on local self-government, regional and international relations.

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Last year, during early parliamentary elections, he ran as a self-nominated candidate but did not get into the Rada.

Andriy Ilyenko, Svoboda

Andriy Ilyenko, the Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”
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Place of birth: Kyiv.

Age: 33

Education: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Political Science).

MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the VII and VIII convocations Ilyenko became a member of the far-right Svoboda party in 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he was the deputy chairman of the Kyiv city organization of the party, and since 2010, he has been heading it.

Ilyenko ran for mayor of the capital in 2014 but finished sixth. He announced his intention to compete for the mayor's seat for the second time back in August:

"Kyiv has a great history and its own mission. But, unfortunately, today there are people in power who are destroying our country and our city. I challenge them - I will run for the office of Kyiv mayor," the politician said.

Vitaliy Klitschko, Udar

Vitali Klitschko

Place of birth: Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan.

Age: 49

Education: Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky Pedagogical Institute (1995), National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine (postgraduate study), National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (Management of Social Development).

The world-famous boxer, multiple world kickboxing champions, MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the VII convocation, current Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has been heading the capital for the past six years - since June 5, 2014. Since June 25, 2014 - Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration.

Klitschko managed to work as an adviser to the President of Ukraine in 2005-2006 and 2006-2008 (Viktor Yushchenko), and from 2010 to 2015 he was the leader of the Udar political party, from 2015 - Block of Petro Poroshenko...

WBA Super, WBO, IBF, IBO, and The Ringworld heavyweight boxing champion. Klitschko's professional sports career ended in December 2013.

European Solidarity party, led by Poroshenko, decided not to nominate its candidate for mayor of the capital and announced that it would support Vitali Klitschko in the elections. The latter replied that he is going to the elections on his own, because "any union is possible only around the interests of the people of Kyiv."

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Oleksiy Kucherenko, Batkivshchyna

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Place of birth: Vinnytsia.

Age: 59

Education: Kyiv State University (1983), Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2001).

MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the III, V and VI, XI convocations, candidate of sociological sciences Oleksiy Kucherenko was a confidant of candidate Yulia Tymoshenko at the next presidential elections in Ukraine last year. Passed to the parliament of the current convocation on the list of Batkivshchyna (18th number in the list).

Kucherenko is running for mayor for the first time. From June 2000 to March 2001, he headed the Zaporizhya Regional State Administration.

In 2005 he was the chairman of the State Committee for Housing and Communal Services. From November 2007 to March 2010 - Minister of Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.

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Yuriy Levchenko, Narodovladdia

Open source

Place of birth: Vinnytsia.

Age: 36

Education: London School of Economics and Political Science (Faculty of Economics), Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg (Master's degree).

MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation, deputy of the Kyiv City Council (2014) and Vyshgorod District Council (2010–2014), Yuriy Levchenko was a member of far-right Svoboda for almost ten years.

In November 2019, he announced his resignation from the party, and in the summer of 2020, he created and led the People's Power Party.

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Oleksandr Omelchenko, Yednist

Oleksandr Omelchenko
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Place of birth: Zoziv, Vinnytsia region.

Age: 82

Education: Kyiv Civil Engineering Institute (graduated in 1974), Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1978).

The leader of the Unity party, MP of the VI convocation, Oleksandr Omelchenko, was the mayor of Kyiv in 1999-2002 and in 2002-2006.

Then he ran for this position twice, however, unsuccessfully: in the spring of 2014, the politician took 4th place with 7.52% of the vote, and in the elections of the mayor of Kyiv in 2015 he was in the third position, gaining 8.46% of the votes...

Omelchenko has twice appeared in fatal road accidents. In November 2009, he shot and killed a 48-year-old man who died at the scene. And in December 2015, a car belonging to Omelchenko hit a woman at an unregulated pedestrian crossing - she died in hospital a few days later. The accused was the politician's driver, although the husband of the deceased claimed that Omelchenko was driving at the time of the accident.

Another road accident involving the ex-mayor happened in 2016, but it did without casualties and injuries.

On September 25, Omelchenko was registered as a candidate for the capital's mayor. Here is how, shortly before that, on the air of Ukraine 24, he explained his intention to take part in the elections:

"I am obliged to go to elections as long as I am alive, healthy and not indifferent to the fate of Kiev and Ukraine. I am sick with this - both Kyiv and the state."

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Andriy Palchevsky, Peremoha Palchevskoho

Open source

Place of birth: Kyiv.

Age: 59

Education: Military Institute of the USSR Ministry of Defense in Moscow.

Ukrainian entrepreneur, TV presenter, founder and financial director of the Eurolab clinic Andriy Palchevsky lived in Russia until 2005 and even ran for the State Duma of the Russian Federation in 1995.

In the mid-2000s, he sold his business in Russia and moved to Ukraine, and in September 2009 he received Ukrainian citizenship.

From March to July 2010 he worked as the Deputy Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports in the government of Mykola Azarov. Since 2011, he has been the host of copyright programs on the Inter and First National TV channels, and since 2018 he has been an expert on political talk shows on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and NASH.

In June 2020, he created Peremoha Palchevskoho (Victory of Palchevsky) political party, and on September 18, the Kyiv City Territorial Election Commission registered him as a candidate for the capital's mayor.

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Viktor Petruk, Hvylia public movement

Open source

Age: 43

Education: National Aviation University.

Engineer and transport expert Viktor Petruk worked as a chief specialist in the Department of Transport Infrastructure of the Kyiv City State Administration.

According to the candidate himself, back in 2010, he presented an alternative junction project over Shuliavka, which provided for a three-level junction with a reversing ring for turns.

The city authorities gave preference to another project (it is currently being implemented), after which Petruk became an active critic of the capital's transport policy.

The Khvylia Public Movement is a party founded in 2014 by members of the Tax Maidan. Its members declared the struggle for the rights of small business and defending the interests of the middle class to be a priority of the political force.

Related: Ukraine launches nomination process for local elections on 29 December, - CEC

Mykhailo Pozhyvanov, Radical Party

Place of birth: Dnipropetrovsk.

Age: 60

Education: National Research Technological University (Moscow) (Metallurgical Engineer), Dnipropetrovsk National Metallurgical Academy (doctoral studies), National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (lawyer).

Mykhailo Pozhyvanov, MP of the II, IV, V, and VI convocations, began his political career in the 1990s. He was the mayor of Mariupol, deputy ex-mayor of Kyiv Oleksandr Omelchenko, head of the State Reserve of Ukraine, and from 2008 to 2010 he worked as deputy minister of economy.

In March 2010, Pozhyvanov was dismissed from his post in connection with the resignation of the Tymoshenko government, shortly after that he went abroad.

During the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych in 2011, the Security Service opened a criminal case against Pozhyvanov and put the politician on the wanted list - the former head of the State Reserve was charged with embezzlement of 1,2 million USD. There were speculations that the case was politically motivated.

In 2014, the criminal proceedings were closed as illegally initiated, charges were lifted. In March of the same year, the politician returned to Ukraine.

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Oleksandr Popov. Opposition Platform - For Life

Open source

Place of birth: Kryvy Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region.

Age: 59

Education: Tyumen Civil Engineering Institute (Faculty of Industrial and Civil Construction).

MP of the VI convocation, lieutenant colonel of the reserve of the Security Service of Ukraine, the former head of the Kyiv City State Administration (2010-2014), Oleksandr Popov, submitted documents to the city electoral commission on September 24 for registration as a candidate for mayor of Kyiv.

In 1994 to 2006, Popov has been the mayor of Komsomolsk. He also worked as Deputy Minister of Architecture, Construction and Housing and Utilities of Ukraine (2007) and Minister for Housing and Utilities (in 2007 and 2010).

Serhiy Prytula, Holos


Place of birth: Zbarazh, Ternopil region.

Age: 39

Education: Ternopil Academy of National Economy.

Ukrainian TV presenter, showman, stand-up comedian, volunteer Serhiy Prytula announced his intention to run for mayor of Kiev on August 11 during the congress of the Holos party.

Shortly thereafter, on August 19, he left the Varyaty TV Show project and suspended his acting career.

During the parliamentary elections in 2019, Prytula ran for MP from the Holos party at No. 30 on the electoral list, but failed to get to the parliament.

Since 2014, he has been actively involved in volunteer activities - collecting material assistance for the Ukrainian military in Donbas. He have visited the front-line zones more than once.

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Ihor Smeshko, Syla i chest


Place of birth: Khrystynivka, Cherkasy region.

Age: 65

Education: Kyiv Higher Anti-Aircraft Missile Engineering School named after Kirov (Military engineer in radio engineering, 1977), the National Academy of Defense of Ukraine (Management of the actions of formations and associations of the Armed Forces, 2000), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Jurisprudence, 2002).

Colonel-General, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (2003-2005) and Chairman of the Strength and Honor Party Ihor Smeshko also headed the list of political forces in the elections to the Kyiv City Council.

In 1997-2000, Smeshko headed the head of the Main Directorate of Military Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense, in 2002-2003, served as a Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

From October 2014 to March 2015, he headed the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine. He was an advisor to the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

The politician took part in the presidential elections in 2019 - he gained 1.14 million votes (6.04%), taking sixth place.

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Mykola Tomenko, Ridna krayina

Place of birth: Mali Kanivtsi, Cherkasy region.

Age: 55

Education: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (History department).

MP of the IV-VIII convocations, candidate of historical sciences, doctor of political sciences Mykola Tomenko is the leader of Ridna Krayina party.

Tomenko is former Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs (2005, the government of Yulia Tymoshenko), and twice Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (2007, 2008-2012).

From June 2014 to July 2015, he worked as a freelance advisor to the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on humanitarian issues and Kyiv. In 2014, Tomenko entered parliament on the lists of the BPP and headed the committee on environmental policy, environmental management, and liquidation of the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster.

In March 2016, the congress of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc decided to deprive Tomenko of his mandate after he left the party. The ex-people's deputy appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, but the latter did not recognize the deprivation of Tomenko's deputy mandate as illegal.

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Olena Filonova, Razom syla


Place of birth: Kyiv.

Age: 36.

Blogger, presenter of the "Inspector of Beauty" program Olena Filonova is running for the Razom syla party, which was created by public organizations, including the "Auto-Euro-Power" movement.

The leader of the party is Oleg Yaroshevych, who is also the head of the Auto-Euro-Power organization.

Yehor Firsov, Ecological alternative

Place of birth: Donetsk.

Age: 31.

Education: Donetsk National University (Jurisprudence).

Related: It will take extra $7.3 million to hold elections in Ukraine due to coronavirus, - Committee of Voters

MP of VII (from the Udar party Vitali Klitschko) and VIII (from the Block of Petro Poroshenko) convocations Yegor Firsov in November 2019 was appointed Acting Head of the State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine. Four months later, he was fired from his post.

Firsov himself claimed that they tried to "solve" issues with him, and he learned about his dismissal "from some link on YouTube."

The motive for nominating his candidacy for the mayor of Kyiv, Firsov said, was that none of the politicians proposed a clear solution to environmental problems.

Serhiy Shakhov, Nash Krai

Place of birth: Sayak village, Kazakhstan.

Age: 45

Education: Vocational school №21 in the city of Bryanka (specialty "Pastry Chef"), KROK University of Economics and Law (Jurisprudence), National Law Academy of Ukraine named after Yaroslav the Wise, Luhansk Theological University in honor of Archangel Michael, Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (Public Administration).

MP of the VIII and IX convocations Serhiy Shakhov is a member of Doviria deputy group (before that he was non-factional). Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Policy and Environmental Management.

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