Mykola Tomenko

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Mykola Tomenko
Микола Томенко
Mykola Tomenko in 2009.jpg
Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on ecological policy
of the 8th convocation
Assumed office
December 4, 2014
Preceded by Iryna Sekh
Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada
of the 6th convocation
In office
September 2, 2008 – December 12, 2012
Preceded by Mykola Tomenko
Succeeded by Ruslan Koshulynskyi
Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada
of the 5th convocation
In office
February 8, 2007 – June 14, 2007
Preceded by Oleksandr Zinchenko
Succeeded by Mykola Tomenko
Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine
on humanitarian policy
In office
February 4, 2005 – September 8, 2005
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Preceded by Dmytro Tabachnyk
Succeeded by Vyacheslav Kyrylenko
Personal details
Born (1964-12-11) December 11, 1964 (age 50)
Mali Kanivtsi, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Nationality  Ukraine
Political party Petro Poroshenko Bloc
Other political
Our Ukraine Bloc (2002-05)
Y. Tymoshenko Bloc (2005-14)
Spouse(s) Valentyna
Children Pavlo (b. 1989)
Religion Ukrainian Orthodox–KP
Ukraine People's Deputy of Ukraine
4th convocation
Our Ukraine
May 14, 2002 March 3, 2005
5th convocation
Y. Tymoshenko Bloc May 25, 2006 June 14, 2007
6th convocation
Y. Tymoshenko Bloc November 23, 2007 December 6, 2012
7th convocation
Fatherland (until April 2, 2014) December 12, 2012 November 27, 2014
8th convocation
P. Poroshenko Bloc November 27, 2014

Mykola Volodymyrovych Tomenko (Ukrainian: Микола Володимирович Томенко) (born December 11, 1964) is a Ukrainian politician and statesman. He has been a member of Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, since 2006. In 2014, Tomenko became a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, which elected him to the 8th Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada on its party lists during the 2014 parliamentary election.[1][2] He is the current Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of ecological policy.[3]

Tomenko is a centre-right politician, previously a member of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc. He was also one of the leaders and most notable speakers of the Orange Revolution. In 2005, Tomenko served as Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine in the Cabinet of Yulia Tymoshenko (coordinating humanitarian policy). In the Verkhovna Rada, he also served as the Chairman of the Freedom of Speech and Mass Media Committee and twice as the Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (during the 6th and 7th convocations).[4] Tomenko tendered his resignation as deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada on 4 July 2012 as a sign of protest against the way legislation on languages in Ukraine was passed on 3 July 2012.[5][6][7]


Early life[edit]

Mykola Tomenko (born in a village of Mali Kanivtsi, Chornobai Raion in the Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine) is one of the few veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War among the Ukrainian politicians. Between 1983 and 1985 Tomenko served his conscript service in the Soviet Airborne Troops, reaching a rank of Sergeant during the war.

In 1989, after his military service, Tomenko graduated from Kiev University specializing in Ukrainian political history. Shortly after, in 1992 he obtained his Kandidat degree (roughly equivalent to Ph.D.) defending his thesis on the topic "The issue of statehood in the program, documents and activities of the present-day parties in Ukraine (historical-political analysis)."

During his student years, after initially being a Komsomol activist, Tomenko later became the initiator of the local Komsomol organization's dissolution.

Tomenko began his professional career in 1992 at the Institute of National Operation and Self-government as the Head of the Political Science Department. Between 1992-1998 he was the vice-president of the Foundation “The Ukrainian Outlook”, the director of the Institute of Post-communism Society and the Institute of Politics (listed are non-governmental politics research organizations). At the same time he continued lecturing history and political science courses at Kiev universities, finally becoming the Head of the Politology department in the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”.

Political career[edit]

Mykola Tomenko seated with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, then the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland".

In mid-1990s Tomenko began his political career as a member of "My" (Ukrainian for Us) Political Union - a liberal-patriotic group close to Reforms and Order Party. In 1998 he was number 15 in the electoral list of Parliament candidates for Reforms and Order Party, but the party obtained no seats in parliament.

In 2002 Tomenko was elected to the Parliament on the list of the “Our Ukraine” Block (which contained Reforms and Order Party).

In late 2005 he left the party over a split on whether to back Yulia Tymoshenko or President Viktor Yuschenko, and became a member of Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc. In 2006 Tomenko became elected to Verkhovna Rada on the list of that Bloc. Tomenko was placed at number 8 on the electoral list of Batkivshchina during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[8][9] He was re-elected into parliament.[9]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Tomenko was re-elected into parliament after being in the top 10 of the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc.[1]

Mykola Tomenko authored several scholarly books, more than a dozen of journal articles, and, an essay, like "Theory of Ukrainian Love".

Political style[edit]

Entering politics after studying it, Tomenko became a public speaker and hot issues commenter. This was criticized by his political opponents.[citation needed] In summer 2005, President Viktor Yuschenko became dissatisfied with Tomenko's public attitude towards coalition allies and accused him of willingness to "comment anything on Earth" and a lack of in-government team-play sense. One controversy during Tomenko's political career occurred when the 2005 Eurovision song contest was hosted in Kiev. He openly supported the GreenJolly music group as a candidate for representative of Ukraine. This caused criticism from show business professionals that alleged a poor choice and Tomenko's abuse of Deputy Prime Minister position during the process.

Ukrainian Cultural Development[edit]

Tomenko initiated several promotional programs to familiarize Ukraine to visitors as well as the well established residents with the Seven Wonders of Ukraine followed by the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine and the Seven Most Scenic Routes of Ukraine.

Selected works[edit]

  • Томенко М. Теорія українського кохання. К., 2004.
  • Кудряшов С., Томенко М. та ін. Карта Севастополя: тріумф і трагедія Президентів: Фонд "Українська Перспектива": Експертна оцінка. - К., 1996. (and other research papers of this foundation)
  • several studies of Ukrainian political history authored by Tomenko and S. Sliusarenko


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