|Secretary of the Security and Defense Council|
May 12, 2007 – November 26, 2007
|Preceded by||Vitaliy Haiduk|
|Succeeded by||Raisa Bohatyryova|
|1st and 4th Chairman of Verkhovna Rada|
February 1, 2000 – May 14, 2002
|Preceded by||Oleksandr Tkachenko|
|Succeeded by||Volodymyr Lytvyn|
December 5, 1991 – May 11, 1994
|Preceded by||Leonid Kravchuk|
|Succeeded by||Oleksandr Moroz|
|First Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada|
June 6, 1990 – December 5, 1991
|Succeeded by||Vasyl Durdynets|
|Born||September 11, 1941
Borzna, Chernihiv Oblast,
|Died||June 25, 2014(aged 72)|
|Alma mater||National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine|
Ivan Stepanovych Plyushch (Ukrainian: Іван Степанович Плющ; September 11, 1941 – June 25, 2014) was a Ukrainian politician. He thrice served as the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament of Ukraine), from July 9 to July 23, 1990 (acting), from December 5, 1991, to May 11, 1994, and from February 1, 2000, to May 14, 2002.
Ivan Plyushch was born on September 11, 1941, in Borzna in Chernihiv Oblast. After graduation in 1959 from Borzna Agricultural College he started his professional career as a mid-level worker, an agronomist, and the head of a division in a few state farms (Ukrainian: radhosp) and collective farms (Ukrainian: kolhosp) in Baryshivka Raion. Between 1967 and 1974 Plyushch was the head of Kirov collective farm and the head of Lenin state farm in Baryshivka Raion. Between 1975 and 1977 he was in Kiev working as a vice-deputy of a Kiev Oblast regional committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Between 1977 and 1979 Plyushch studied in Moscow at the Central Committee of the Communist Party Academy of Social Science. After his studies he continued working in Kiev in the divisions of the Communist Party of Kiev Oblast. In 1984 he became the vice-head, and later the head of Kiev Oblast Administration. In 1990 he was elected the head of Kiev Oblast Rada.
In 1990 Plyushch was elected to the Supreme Council of Ukraine where he has been working for four consecutive сonvocations. Thrice, between July 9, and July 23, 1990 (acting), between December 5, 1991, and May 11, 1994, and between February 1, 2000, and May 14, 2002, he served as the Chairman of the Supreme Council.
In the 2006 parliamentary elections, Plyushch was leading the electoral block named after him and Kostenko. The block won 1,87% of popular vote, short of the required 3% threshold, and obtained no seats in the parliament.
In May 2007 Plyushch was appointed secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council by President Viktor Yushchenko. Plyushch interpreted the Council's responsibilities to include economic, environmental and energy security as well as military matters. This made it a key instrument in the President's efforts to assert his authority over the government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
In the 2007 parliamentary elections, Plyushch was elected as a candidate of the President's Our Ukraine bloc. He opposed a coalition with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and he was dismissed as Security and Defence Council Secretary by the President in November 2007, shortly before Yanukovych was replaced as Prime Minister by Yulia Tymoshenko.
Plyushch died on June 25, 2014, at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.
- Hero of Ukraine with the Order of the State (2001)
- The Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise 5th (1996), 4th (2007) and 3rd (2011) Cl.
- Cross of Ivan Mazepa (2010)
- (Ukrainian) Українська Народна Партія, Database DATA
- Individual deputies create Reforms for the Sake of Future group in parliament, Kyiv Post (February 16, 2011)
- (Ukrainian) Вибори-2012. Список перебіжчиків, які намагається отримати мандат, ПРОСТІР (29 October 2012)
- (Ukrainian) Died ex-Speaker Ivan Plyushch, Ukrayinska Pravda (26 June 2014)
(Ukrainian) Died ex-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ivan Plyushch, zn.ua (26 June 2014)
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