|People's Deputy of Ukraine|
December 12, 2012
|Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine|
11 March 2010 – 24 December 2012
|People's Deputy of Ukraine|
May 25, 2006 – March 11, 2010
October 25, 1962 |
Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR,
|Political party||Party of Regions|
|Children||Son (born 1992) and daughter (born 2004)|
Borys Viktorovych Kolesnikov (Ukrainian: Борис Вікторович Колесніков, born October 25, 1962) is secretary of the Party of Regions presidium, people deputy in Verkhovna Rada, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Transport and Communications, former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine. He is the owner and president of the HC Donbass ice hockey club. The team is participating on Kontinental Hockey League and as HC Donbass-2 on the Ukrainian Professional Hockey League (PHL).
Beginning from 1991 – Director of “Yug” trading company; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Production Association “Kyiv-Konti”, CJSC (later the Konti Company). From 1998 – Vice President of football club Shakhtar Donetsk. From 2002 – Chairman of the Football Federation of Donetsk Oblast.
From 2001 to 2006 he was head of the Donetsk Regional Council.
Known as one of the organizers of the Congress of Deputies of All Levels in Severodonetsk on November 28, 2004. At the 2006 parliamentary elections in Ukraine and 2007 parliamentary elections in Ukraine was elected to Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) as a member of the Party of Regions (both times listed number ten).
In 2010 appointed to the position of the Vice Prime Minister responsible for Euro 2012. On 9 December 2010 by the Decree of the President of Ukraine was appointed to the position of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
Kolesnikov entered politics in 1999 when Victor Yanukovych was Donetsk Oblast governor, Then another five years as Chairman of the Regional Council. First as Deputy Chairman of the Donetsk Regional Council. In November 2004, during the Orange Revolution, Kolesnikov stated that if Viktor Yushchenko would become President of Ukraine that "would prompt the establishment of a new federal state in the form of a southeastern republic with its capital in Kharkiv". Yushchenko did become President and this federal state never materialized. Kolesnikov was arrested early 2005 on charges of abuse of office, extortion and making a death threat. Kolesnikov has repeatedly denied the charges, which were later dropped. The Party claimed to be a victim of a political persecution campaign organized by the new government. The Party of Regions claimed the arrest was an example of political repression. The Council of Europe called the investigation "in full compliance with European standards". Kolesnikov has since been cleared of charges and released from pre-trial detention in August 2005 when he offered a written pledge not to flee the country. By October 2005 Kolesnikov had resumed his job as head of the regional council.
After winning the 2010 presidential election Victor Yanukovych stated (on February 9, 2010) that Kolesnikov was his preferred next Prime Minister of Ukraine. Instead of becoming Prime Minister Kolesnikov was anointed by the Verkhovna Rada (on March 11, 2010) Vice Prime Minister in the Azarov Government (responsible for hosting Euro 2012).
On March 11, 2010 Borys Kolesnikov was appointed to the position of Vice Prime Minister for Euro 2012. And in December he took the office of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
In June 2010 the UEFA Supervisory Board decided to approve the country’s right to host European Football Championship 2012 in all four Ukrainian cities - Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv, which Borys Kolesnikov commented as follows: “Ukraine may fear no more lest any of its cities was suspended from the list of European Football Championship 2012 hosting cities”.
Borys Kolesnikov’s further work on Euro preparations was related to construction and reconstruction of Ukrainian stadiums and airports, and also development of infrastructure objects.
According to Borys Kolesnikov, the total UEFA EURO preparation expenditure was about $5 bln. "We have built four international level airports in just 18 months. In Kyiv, we have completed the runway and constructed a new terminal. Fifty million euros have been used as operating costs, including for specialist services such as translators, personnel recruitment and training", Borys Kolesnikov said in his interview to an Italian newspaper.
UEFA President and Executive Committee thanked the Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov for the excellent organization of EURO 2012 in Ukraine. "This EURO was a spectacular success at every level. As Vice-Prime Minister you have played a crucial role in ensuring that Ukrainian games are held to the highest standards. I am very grateful to you for your valuable support in the preparation process", Michel Platini, UEFA President, wrote in his letter to Vice-Prime Minister, according to the Ukraine-2012 Infocenter website and Ukrainian IA Interfax.
According to Le Cercle Les Echos, the French newspaper, during the championship Ukraine was visited by many tourists who were very happy with the organization of EURO 2012. The event attracted foreigners to a previously unknown country, which will help develop tourism business in the future.
According to the Research & Branding Group survey, nearly two-thirds of Ukrainians were positively impressed with the championship. Three-quarters of Ukrainians believe that their country hosted EURO 2012 at a high level, and only 12 percent think otherwise.
“Every time I come to Borys Kolesnikov’s office I see all constructions displayed on the monitor of his PC, and he follows them online”, said Mr. Tigipko, adding also that he highly estimates efforts made by Mr. Kolesnikov when preparing Ukraine for the European Championship. "It’s very good we keep up with the UEFA schedules, and we fulfil the obligations undertaken, implementation of which had been seriously threatened before. I think it is a personal credit of Borys Kolesnikov, since he is the man actively managing the matters of Euro 2012”, stated Serhiy Tihipko.
According to Kommentari paper “After the Euro 2012 Kolesnikov may become the most popular ‘white-and-blue’ politician. Depending on how successfully will be Euro 2012 hosted in Ukraine, the whole activity of Borys Kolesnikov, the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, will be evaluated for the whole period of his office in the Cabinet of Ministers”.
Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine
As a Head of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in 2010 Borys Kolesnikov defined key priorities of activities and infrastructure development in the following directions:
For the time under the management of Kolesnikov the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has increased its presence in social networks: from June 2011 the Ministry has been an active user of Facebook social network. A prohibition to photographing at railway stations and airports was raised. Entire ticket: by Euro 2012 one will be able to purchase in Ukraine a ticket for any interurban transport. Starting from June one can pay in payment terminals for railway and bus tickets purchased over the Internet. Insurance benefits for the passengers against traffic accidents now have become twice as much, in 2011 insurance settlement increased up to UAH 102,000.
In 2011 a contract was signed with Ilyushyn Finance, CJSC, a leasing company, on supply of first An-158 aircraft.
On May 19, 2011 Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov presented state enterprise “Antonov” with a certificate to synthetic flight training system of the D level.
On June 26, 2011 – a new flight strip of International Airport in Donetsk (4 km long, 75 m wide, 1 m thick). Now Kolesnikov plans to make full modernization of flight strips at Kharkiv and Lviv airdromes.
New airdrome control tower was launched in Simferopol, it is the first tower built at times of Ukraine’s independence.
Talking about reforming of Ukrainian Railway at the summary press conference “Summing up results of the first half of the year. Development plan of the branch.”, Borys Kolesnikov defined three priorities. “First is to forget night train travelling in six years: any location in Ukraine will be reached during a day. And that thanks to new trains again. Second is traffic electrification (“Out of 22,000 kilometres of railroads only a half was electrified, we must increase this figure to 15,000”). Third is locomotive fleet modernization: we still use out-of-date Soviet Fleet”.
To implement the plans being shaped, to make high-speed train connection between Kyiv and Ukrainian cities hosting the Euro 2012, at the end of December 2010 a contract was signed with Hyundai Corporation under which Ukrainian Railway obtains 10 new multi-region electric trains. Moreover, first six trains will allow express traffic between Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv. For instance, one will be able to get to Kharkiv in 3.5 hrs, Lviv in 4.5 hrs, Donetsk in 5.5-6 hrs.
According to Focus magazine in 2006 Borys Kolesnikov was ranked 10th in the ranking of most influential representatives from Donetsk region. In 2007 Borys Kolesnikov took 20th place in the Top 100 most influential Ukrainian people by Korrespondent magazine.
Last year’s (2010) total turnover of Konti and APK-Invest exceeded UAH 4 billion. Only the assets of Borys Kolesnikov himself were estimated at $810 million.
By that time charity was made as personal gifts. Beginning from 2004 under his initiative best pupils were granted trips to Disneyland in Paris, foreign trips for war veterans were organized, a reconstruction of Olimpiyskyi regional sport complex in Donetsk was made. Significant means were given to health recovery of children, support of country’s cultural inheritance.
According to the Fund aide, today’s activity of organization is made within the programs dedicated to development of education, search for and support of gifted and active youth, formation of healthy lifestyle, preservation of country’s cultural and historical inheritance and creation of new historical, cultural and scientific values.
At the end of 2010 Borys Kolesnikov’s Foundation spent over 8 million hryvnias (USD 1 mln) for charity. In 2011 the Foundation spent more than UAH 11 000 000(USD 1,4 mln) on the realization of the charitable programs. The funds were used to support S. Krushelnitska National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, the best Ukrainian athletes, health care maintaining  and other programs. In 2012 the size of the charitable investment has exceeded over UAH 18 000 000 (USD 2,2 mln), more than UAH 10 000 000 (USD 1,2 mln) were spent on the development of sport. In 2013 Borys Kolesnikov’s Foundation was admitted as the leader in the National Rating of Philanthropists in the nomination "Support of sport and physical education".
Kolesnikov is married (a wife Svitlana), has two children – a daughter Kateryna (2004) and a son Kostyantyn (1992).
Owing to his passion for hockey in 2010 Kolesnikov bought a hockey club.
“I became a 100% owner of the club in July, in the last year. I always loved hockey, since I was a kid. I remember hockey since the USSR first match played against Canadian professionals on September 1, 1972, since we were dumped the first puck on the first minute. The USSR team won then 7:3”, said Kolesnikov to the journalists of Ukrainska Pravda.
Honours and awards
- Deputy Head of the Party of Regions.
- Member of the Political Board of the Party of Regions.
- Deputy Head of the Fraction of the Party of Regions in Verkhovna Rada.
- Member of parliamentary committee for economic policy.
- Member of the Interim special parliamentary committee for elaborating draft laws on amending the Constitution of Ukraine.
- Member of joint committee for cooperation of Verkhovna Rada and Federal assembly of Russian Federation.
- Deputy Head of Ukraine’s permanent delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
- Member of parliamentary group for interparliamentary ties with Japan, Germany, France.
- President of Football Federation of Donetsk region.
- Awarded with the Order of Merit of the II Degree.
- (Ukrainian) Колесніков Борис Вікторович, Verkhovna Rada
- VR approved structure of Cabinet of Ministers (update), UNIAN (March 11, 2010)
- Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)
- (Ukrainian) Колесніков Борис Вікторович, Довідники про сучасну Україну
- Yanukovych’s inner circle, Kyiv Post (January 24, 2009)
- (Russian) Борис Колесников, file.liga.net (September 3, 2008)
- Donetsk State University of Management
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Party of Regions
- Yushchenko and Yanukovych aides to return to table as momentum builds for revote, Kyiv Post (28 November 2004)
- Supreme Court considers Ukraine election appeal, eastern region sets referendum on autonomy, Kyiv Post (29 November 2004)
- Ukraine timeline, BBC News
- Countries at the crossroads: a survey of democratic governance by Sanja Tatic & Christopher Walker, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006, ISBN 978-0-7425-5801-4 (page 580)
- Yanukovych’s inner circle, Kyiv Post (January 24, 2010)
- RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs) - UKR101137.E, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (April 12, 2006)
- Corruption Watch: October 3, 2005, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (October 3, 2005)
- "Yanukovych opts for Borys Kolesnykov to become premier", Z I K (February 9, 2010)
- Ukraine's Party of Regions to choose new leader, RIA Novosti (April 23, 2010)
- Kyiv Post, Yanukovych’s inner circle
- Kommentary, Колесников должен выстрелить через год (russian)
- IA Minprom, Персоны (russian)
- Ukrrudprom, Forbes недооценил Бориса Колесникова (Russian)
- Delo (Russian)
- Liga:File, Person Elena Bondarenko (Russian)
- Kontrakty, Rankings (Russian)
- Korrespondent magazine, Article "The Art needs donations. Main philanthropists of Ukraine"
- gazeta.ua Article “Fedorishin and Osipenko-Radomskaya became “Heroes of Sportive Year””
- segodnya.ua, Article “Kolesnikov presented the doctors with the C class car”
- segodnya.ua, Article “Rating of main philanthropists of Ukraine”
- Ukrainska Pravda (Russian)
- Web-site of Sergey Rudenko
- Liga File
- Web-site of Ukrainian Government 
- Web-site of the Party of Regions 
- Web-site of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine 
- Web-site of EURO 2012 
- UEFA official web-site 
- Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine 
- Inter TV Channel “Big Politics” with Evgeniy Kiselev 
- sport.bigmir.net