Yermak replaces Bohdan as head of President's Office

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

For some time, he was president’s shadow, followed him everywhere, whispered in the ear provoking countless memes…He quarreled with journalists, claimed he rarely met Kolomoysky though he was his lawyer, he complained that nobody liked him, sang Vakarchuk’s songs in the airport. And now he is leaving, being replaced with another noticeable character from Zelensky team
18:16, 11 February 2020

Bohdan, Zelensky, Yermak

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has fired Andriy Bohdan from the position of the head of his Office. Such decree appeared today, on February 11 on the website of the head of the state.

Former aide of Zelensky, Andriy Yermak will chair the Office of President instead of Bohdan.


Who is Anfriy Yermak?

Andriy Yermak, the Head of the President’s Office
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Andriy Yermak was born in Kyiv on November 21, 1971. In 1995, he graduated from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv having received master degree in international private law.

The same year, he received license for law practice.

In 1997, Yermak founded international law firm, took part in developing first legal acts in spheres of commercial law and intellectual property.

President Zelensky appointed Andriy Yermak as his aide on May 21, 2019.

On this position, Yermak in fact took over all international negotiations of Ukraine, and first of all, with the Russian Federation.  

In particular, European Truth agency reported that Yermak was holding unofficial talks with Russia about Donbas and prisoner release.  

According to journalists, Yermak was responsible for two formats of negotiations - with the head of Russian government Vladislav Surkov and the Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.

The third direction of Yermak’s activisty is the Normandy format and everything associated with it. In this area, he acts together with Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

By the way, you can read about Kozak and Surkov and their work in the Ukrainian direction here.

Recently, the media has repeatedly reported the conflict between Bogdan and Ermak, although the latter has denied it.

Recently, the media have been reporting about the conflict between Bohdan and Yermak, though the latter one denied this.  


What will Bohdan be remembered for?

Andriy Bohdan

We have already reported about Bohdan after his appointment, and you can see some information here.

What did Andriy Bohdan do in the office?

Firstly, with Bohdan, the position of the head of the President’s Office turned to one of the centers of influence. In particular, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk admitted he was taking advise from Bohdan and Yermak about the candidates for ministers.  

Secondly, for a long time Bohdan was perhaps the closest person to Zelensky. Photos, where the head of the President’s Office constantly whispers something to the president, have become a meme.

By the way, later Bohdan told what he had whispered.

Thirdly, Bohdan was considered by many to be Kolomoysky's man. He told himself how often he talked to the oligarch.

Fourthly, it is, of course, constant scandals or just somewhat unusual situations.

Bohdan, in fact, also started with the scandal in a new position. He was demanded to be fired because the appointment violated the lustration law. Bohdan replied that there were no violations.

Later, journalists found out that Bohdan was combining civil service and legal practice bypassing the law, and illegally used concealed numbers and public security services. And more...

There was also a resignation letter where he wrote “by own volition from the moment of volition” (which, apparently, has appeared).

There allegedly was a fight with the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, as media reported,but the information was not confirmed. That, however, did not stop Bohdan from frank trolling.

There were scandalous allegations that the Servant of the People Party has “mentally ill people.” And that Bakanov makes such a law enforcement officer as he himself.

Bohdan also complained that nobody loved him.

Fifth, it is his trip to Saint-Tropez for a wedding of Andriy Dovbenko, a controversial lawyer accused of running shady schemes at the Justice Ministry. Some very interesting photos were taken there. For example, where one of the “gendarmes” handcuffed Bohdan.

And of course, there was that “clash” with Klitschko, which has not ended with anything good for Bohdan at the moment.

Well, singing Vakarchuk’s songs in Paris as such is the final chord.

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