|Minister of Education of Ukraine|
March 11, 2010
|Prime Minister||Mykola Azarov|
|Preceded by||Ivan Vakarchuk|
|Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine|
August 4, 2006 – December 18, 2007
|Prime Minister||Viktor Yanukovych|
|Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine|
September 2, 2003 – February 3, 2005
|Prime Minister||Viktor Yanukovych|
|Head of Presidential Administration|
July 1994 – December 1996
|Preceded by||Mykola Khomenko|
|Succeeded by||Yevhen Kushnaryov|
November 26, 1963 |
|Political party||Party of Regions|
|Spouse(s)||Tatiana Nazarova (1960)|
Dmytro Tabachnyk (Ukrainian: Дмитро Табачник, Russian: Дмитрий Табачник; born November 26, 1963) is a Ukrainian politician, science and education minister of Ukraine since March 11, 2010. Tabachnyk has the equivalent of a doctorate in historical science, has the title of professor, and is a current member of the Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.
Initially he worked in the State Archives as a curator of materials about the Kiev chapter of the Komsomol.
In 1990 he became a delegate to the Kiev City Council. From 1991-92 he was a consultant in the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada. From 1993 he was in charge of Information and Press for the Cabinet of Ministers.
In November 2002 through February 2005, he served as vice premier in the First Yanukovych Government. April 2006 through December 2007, Tabachnyk was a vice premier in the Second Yanukovych Government. He became a Party of Regions MP again following the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary election.
He was forced to resign from Parliament because he illegally procured for himself the military title of colonel.
From 1997–8[clarification needed] he was an advisor to President Kuchma.
In 2002–2005 he became vice-premier minister of Ukraine under Victor Yanukovych. During this period he was involved with the scandal of donating letters by Ukrainian historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky to the Ukrainian archive in Kiev which had previously been stolen from the Lviv archives.
Minister of education and science of Ukraine
On March 11, 2010, the day the Azarov Government and thus Tabachnyk was installed, the Lviv branch of Forward, Ukraine! started to collect signatures in support of the dismissal of Education and Science Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk. On March 17, 2010 the Administration of the Ukrainian Catholic University appealed to the education community in Ukraine to come out publicly about the situation in the education field after the appointment of Tabachnyk as education and science minister. According to them "Tabachnyk has been openly and publicly humiliating the Ukrainian intelligentsia, as well as Ukrainian language and Ukrainian culture, kindling hostility among the various regions of Ukraine, vindicating the human-hating Stalinist regime, which has been condemned alongside fascism for crimes against humanity by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe; he doubts the sacrifices born by the Ukrainian people in the times of the Soviet totalitarianism". 5,000 people hold a rally in Lviv in support of Tabachnyk's dismissal on March 17, 2010. Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, leader of For Ukraine!, stated during the rally that his party would work tirelessly to oust Tabachnyk from his post. Kyrylenko has introduced a resolution asking the Ukrainian parliament to dismiss Tabachnyk; the vote could take place as early as March 30, 2010. The initiative is being supported by other opposition groups, including Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko.
Faced with these protests Tabachnyk stated on March 17, 2010 he would keep his ideas about the country’s history to himself. Tabachnyk also promised not to backpedal on the "progressive educational reforms" (the Bologna education system and independent testing, which claims to "objectively determine students’ knowledge and is a critical component in ensuring they can enter university without paying bribes") that have already been introduced. President Victor Yanukovych had campaigned on the promise to abolish testing in 2009. As late as March 15, 2010 his deputy, Hanna Herman, maintained they would be eliminated. Herman also stated Yanukovych had privately met with Tabachnyk on March 15 and put him on notice. “He had to promise the president to hide under lock and key his personal views and anti-Ukrainian statements and strictly follow the education policy approved by the parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers. If he breaches that agreement, the president will take an adequate decision”.
By March 17, 2010 four of western Ukraine’s regional councils had passed resolutions calling for the minister’s dismissal. A host of civic and student organizations from all over the country (including Kherson in southern Ukraine and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine), authors and former Soviet dissidents also signed petitions calling for his removal.
At same moment rectors of some leading Ukrainian colleges and universities, intellectual and cultural leaders of Ukraine applied to the President and Prime Minister of Ukraine, the chairman of the Supreme Rada, in support of Dmitry Tabachnyk. They named opened propaganda campaign against Tabachnyk in this position as “gamble and speculations of certain political forces”. Authors of the said statement recalled a positive results of Tabachnyk's work in a position of the vice-premier in Yanukovych Government in the past.
On March 20, 2010 Ukrainian national television broadcasting company — Inter — made live sociological interrogation at prime time, asking respondents to answer a question if they are supporting Tabachnyk in position of Science and education minister or against him. Results were that 67% have supported him in this position and 33% said that he has to be resigned. It being said that about 30 thosands respondents voted.
A website was created to support Tabachnyk in position of Science and education minister. It contains open letter to President and Prime Minister of Ukraine “from representatives of intellectuals, mass media and the non-governmental organisations of Ukraine in support of Dmitry Tabachnyk on a post of the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine”. Everybody can join this iniatiative and sign this letter.
Former President Viktor Yushchenko warned his successor, Viktor Yanukovych, against appointing Tabachnyk as minister, stating "This is a minister who can only bring division in higher education and in Ukrainian education".
On March 19, 2010 the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea applied to President Viktor Yanukovych, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament), and the Cabinet of Ministers to keep Tabachnyk in position of Science and Education Minister of Ukraine. While by March 25, 2010 the Volyn Oblast council (the provincial parliament), Lviv Oblast council, Ternopil Oblast Council, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast council, Rivne Oblast council, as well as Sumy municipal council, Lutsk municipal council and Lviv municipal council had applied to these same institutions with the exact opposite demand.
On March 30 a total of 202 lawmakers with 226 needed voted in favour of a bill asking for Tabachnyk's dismissal. A new bill was registered the same day; "We'll do that until this man leaves Ukrainian education" Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction member Viacheslav Kyrylenko stated.
On May 13, 2010 Tabachnyk announced Ukraine and Russia intend to develop a common textbook for history teachers. March 2010 Tabachnik had stated that Ukrainian history textbooks contained "simply false" information and announced his intention to rewrite them. He also promised to personally re-read high school books on history, literature and humanitarian subjects.
In 2013 the Ukrainian Ministry of Education removed leading figures in Ukraine after the Russian Revolution, Ukrainian nationalists like Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych and a number of Soviet dissidents of the list of "minimum necessary knowledge of graduates" and replaced them with Soviet military leaders and Communist Party of the Soviet Union party activists.
View of Ukraine’s history
Tabachnyk is loathed by opposition politicians for his view of Ukraine’s history which includes the thesis that western Ukrainians aren’t really Ukrainian. In an 2009 article for the Russian newspaper Izvestia Tabachnyk wrote: “Halychany (western Ukrainians) practically don’t have anything in common with the people of Great Ukraine, not in mentality, not in religion, not in linguistics, not in the political arena” “We have different enemies and different allies. Furthermore, our allies and even brothers are their enemies, and their ‘heroes’ (Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych) for us are killers, traitors and abettors of Hitler’s executioners.”
On 12 March 2010, Member of Parliament Vyacheslav Kyrylenko of the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc faction registered with the Ukrainian parliament a draft resolution to dismiss Tabachnyk from the ministerial post. On 30 March (2010) a total of 202 lawmakers with 226 needed voted for a bill on Tabachnyk's dismissal. Kyrylenko stated after this he would register new bills "until this man leaves Ukrainian education".
A request to dismiss Tabachnyk by 25 March 2010 was made by the Volyn Oblast council (parliament of the province), Lviv Oblast council, Ternopil Oblast Council, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast council, Rivne Oblast council, as well as Sumy municipal council, Lutsk. municipal council and Lviv municipal council in an appeal to President Viktor Yanukovych, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and the Cabinet of Ministers. On 19 March 2010 the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea asked parliament, government and Yanukovych to keep Tabachnyk in the minister post.
According to Anders Åslund (in October 2012) Tabachnyk "could hardly care less about the real problems in Ukrainian education" but instead "His endeavor to sovietize Ukrainian historiography and promote russification attracts most attention". Åslund further argued that Tabachnyk's "greatest 'reform' had been to reduce ordinary school from the European standard of [year] 12 to [year] 11, seemingly inspired by the destruction instigated by the late Turkmenbashi".
Tabachnyk is married to Tatiana Nazarova, an actress of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama.
- Табачник, Дмитрий Владимирович
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise
- Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd class
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (October 28, 1996).
- Order of Merit (Portugal)
- Commander's Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
- Medal "For Courage in a Fire" (USSR)
- Tabachnik Dmitry, Kyiv Post (March 24, 2009)
- Табачник Дмитро Володимирович, Політична Україна сьогодні
- Tabachnyk becomes education minister, Kyiv Post (March 11, 2010)
- Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)
- Табачник зізнався, як фальсифікував соціологію на виборах президента Українська правда, 10 липня 2009
- Hand-me-down cabinet, Policy Documentation Center (June 4, 2001)
- Звинувачують Табачника Свобода. Нью-Йорк. №218, 1996 рік
- «Лебедина» пісня Дмитра Табачника, або Як глава адміністрації президента України про російських терористів піклувався
- http://sprotiv.org/2010/02/04/dmitrij-tabachnik-korol-falshakov/ Валерий Маркулевич, Дмитрий Табачник — король «фальшаков»
- Янукович купил на сэкономленные деньги от загранкомандировки письма Грушевского
- Зоряна Іленко, Архівна справа Януковича, Оглядач
- Signatures being collected in Lviv in support of dismissal of education minister Tabachnyk, Kyiv Post (March 11, 2010)
- An appeal by the Ukrainian Catholic University administration to the education community of Ukraine, Kyiv Post (March 17, 2010)
- 5,000 people holding rally in Lviv in support of Tabachnyk's dismissal, Kyiv Post (March 17, 2010)
- Furor over Tabachnyk appointment rising, Kyiv Post (March 18, 2010)
- Rectors of leading high schools of Ukraine and art workers support appointment of Tabachnyk as head of Ministry of Education and Science
-  Site of TV channel “First Capital”
- copy of that programm on RUTUBE.RU site
- Internet site in support of Dmitry Tabachnyk on a posision of the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine was created
- Protests mount in bid to oust Tabachnyk, Kyiv Post (March 25, 2010)
- Lviv city council demanding cabinet and rada sack Tabachnyk, Kyiv Post (March 26, 2010)
- Meeting of Tabachnyk's supporters was hold in Odessa on 2010-03-27
- Update: Parliament fails to dismiss Education Minister Tabachnyk, Kyiv Post (March 11, 2010)
- (Ukrainian) Табачник: українські й російські вчителі будуть викладати історію за спільним посібником, Ukrainian News Agency (May 10, 2010)
- (Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
- (Russian) Степан Бандера не прошел тест Bandera has not passed, Kommersant (24 January 2013)
- "1932-1933 genocide in Ukraine was invented by foreign historians, Tabachnyk says".
- New Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (March 11, 2010), Табачник став новим кандидатом у список ворогів української культури ; Захистимося від пропаганди людиноненависництва, ксенофобії Д.Табачником!; Заява партії «За Україну!» Відкритий лист до громадськості України
- Дмитрий Табачник: сначала спросим мнение руководителей органов управлений образованием, и лишь потом примем решение
- Outdated educational system translates into lagging economy, Kyiv Post (4 October 2012)
- "Tabachnik S.E. Dmitro Vladimirovich". Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "President of the Republic of Lithuania. State Decorations". Retrieved 29 March 2010.
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