Oleksandr Turchynov

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Valentynovych and the family name is Turchynov.
Oleksandr Turchynov
Олександр Турчинов
Turchynov March 2014 (cropped).jpg
10th Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 February 2014
Preceded by Volodymyr Rybak
President of Ukraine
Acting
In office
23 February 2014 – 7 June 2014
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Preceded by Viktor Yanukovych
Succeeded by Petro Poroshenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Acting
In office
4 March 2010 – 11 March 2010
President Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded by Yulia Tymoshenko
Succeeded by Mykola Azarov
18th Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
In office
18 December 2007 – 11 March 2010
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Preceded by Mykola Azarov
Succeeded by Andriy Klyuyev
7th Director of the Security Service
In office
4 February 2005 – 8 September 2005
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Ihor Smeshko
Succeeded by Ihor Drizhchanyi
Personal details
Born Oleksandr Valentynovych Turchynov
(1964-03-31) 31 March 1964 (age 50)
Dnipropetrovsk, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Political party Hromada (1994–1999)
Batkivshchyna (1999–2014)
People's Front (2014-present)
Other political
affiliations
Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (2001–2012)
Dictatorship Resistance Committee (2011–2014)
Spouse(s) Hanna Volodymyrivna
Children Kyrylo
Alma mater National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine
Religion Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist[1]
Signature
Website Official website

Oleksandr Valentynovych Turchynov (Ukrainian: Олександр Валентинович Турчинов; born 31 March 1964) is a Ukrainian politician, screenwriter, and economist. Turchynov is the current Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

Turchynov is a former acting President of Ukraine from the removal from power of President Viktor Yanukovych on 21 February 2014.[2][3][4][5] until Petro Poroshenko was sworn in as Ukrainian President on 7 June 2014.[6] Turchynov has served as acting Prime Minister in 2010, when he was the First Vice Prime Minister in the absence of a prime minister after Yulia Tymoshenko's government was dismissed on 3 March 2010;[7] until the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) appointed Mykola Azarov as Prime Minister on 11 March 2010.[8][9]

Turchynov was the first deputy chairman of the political party Batkivshchyna (All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland") and a close associate of party leader Yulia Tymoshenko.[10][11][12] But started the new party People's Front in September 2014.[13]

Biography[edit]

Oleksandr Turchynov was born in Dnipropetrovsk. He graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1986, after which he worked at Kryvorizhstal, a large Ukrainian steel producer.[14] From 1987 to 1990, he served as head of the agitation and propaganda division of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Komsomol (Communist Youth League) Committee, which was led by Serhiy Tihipko.[14] Tihipko and Turchynov became political advisers of Leonid Kuchma, then head of Dnipropetrovsk-based Pivdenmash missile manufacturer.[14] Kuchma and his entire team, including Tihipko and Turchynov moved to Kiev in 1992, after Kuchma was appointed Prime Minister.[14] In 1993 Turchynov was formally appointed an advisor on economic issues to Prime Minister Kuchma.[14]

Turchynov is an old ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, another prominent Ukrainian political figure from Dnipropetrovsk. They used to have a common business in Dnipropetrovsk. In December 1993, Turchynov co-founded and became Vice President of Ukrainian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs. In 1994 he created the political party Hromada together with Pavlo Lazarenko, a business ally of Tymoshenko.[14] Turchynov was also director of the Economic Reforms Institute from January 1994 to March 1998 and was head of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences' Laboratory of Shadow Economy Research.[15][16]

Political life[edit]

In 1998, he was elected to parliament as a member of Hromada but after the scandal around Lazarenko, he left the faction and party (during May 1999) together with Yulia Tymoshenko's All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland". He was re-elected to parliament in 2002 and 2006 as part of the BYuT.

On 4 February 2005, Turchynov was appointed and served as the first‐ever civilian head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

In August 2007, Turchynov replied to the accusation that his stance on same-sex marriage is typically conservative, "I do not agree. If a man has normal views, then you label him a conservative, but those who use drugs or promote sodomy, you label them a progressive person. All of these are perversions".[17]

In the spring of 2008 he was the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc candidate[18] for the Mayor of Kiev election he placed second at the election with 218,600 votes (19.13% of total vote).[19]

Turchynov and Oleh Tyahnybok in parliament, 24 February 2014

In December 2009 during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election campaign Turchynov accused President Viktor Yushchenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych of coordinating their actions in their attempts to topple the Second Tymoshenko Government.[20]

Turchynov, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnybok with coalition ageement before 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.

On 4 March 2010, after the fall of the second Tymoshenko Government, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko resigned from that post on 4 March 2010[7] and Turchynov was empowered to fulfill the Prime Minister's duties until a new government was formed.[21] On 11 March 2010 the Azarov Government was elected[22] and Mykola Azarov was appointed Prime Minister the same day.[8][9]

In 2012 he was re-elected into parliament on the party list of "Fatherland".[23]

On 22 February 2014 he was elected as speaker of Verkhovna Rada.[2] On 23 February 2014, Turchynov was designated as acting President of Ukraine following the impeachment of Viktor Yanukovych.[24] On 25 February Turchynov assumed the (Presidential power of) command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.[5]

On 14 April 2014, while talking on the phone with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Turchynov asked for the United Nations's support regarding the crisis in eastern Ukraine, to which the Secretary-General replied that peacekeepers may be sent in should Russia withhold its veto. Meanwhile, Turchynov issued a deadline to the pro-Russian insurgents to disarm and dismantle their barricades, but the deadline passed without incident.[25] Before he issued a deadline, which was scheduled for 9 am,[26] he tried to negotiate with insurgents and even proposed to hold referendum on the same day as elections which will be on 25 May. His proposition was questioned by journalists who feared that a the referendum might be sabotaged by pro-Russia insurgents.[27]

In a 2014 news story, The Global Post reported that in the Donetsk region "some 74 percent of respondents said they consider acting President Oleksandr Turchynov to be illegitimate, the poll said".[28]

Petro Poroshenko was elected President of Ukraine on 25 May 2014.[29][30][31][32][33] Poroshenko was sworn in as Ukrainian President on 7 June 2014, this ended the presidential powers of Turchynov.[6]

On 10 September Turchynov became founding member the new party People's Front.[13]

On 21 September 2014 he said that Russia doesn't admits that their soldiers are fighting in Ukraine. He also stated that Russia is the main aggressor and that during the conflict his nation have lost over 1,000 lives with 100s missing. During the same Facebook message he compared the conflict to the butterflies, a metaphor to one of Ray Bradbury's works.[34]

Controversies[edit]

In February 2006 state prosecutors opened a criminal case against Turchynov and his SBU deputy Andriy Kozhemyakin for destroying a file about FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive, organized crime boss Semyon Mogilevich, from the SBU archive. The case was dismissed four months later.[35] WikiLeaks documents mention Turchynov, then head of Ukraine's SBU, as having destroyed documents implicating Yulia Tymoshenko's alleged connections to Mogilevich.[36]

Early March 2014 Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, stated he did not regard Turchynov as the legitimate Ukrainian President.[37]

Non-official activities[edit]

In 2004 Turchynov published a book Illusion of Fear.[14] In 2005 he also wrote a script to the same name movie that is based on the book.[38] The movie was released in Ukraine in September 2008 and was the 2008 Ukrainian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[39]

Personal life[edit]

His wife is Hanna Turchynova (born 1970), PhD, Head of Foreign Languages at National Pedagogical Dragomanov University. They have one son, Kyrylo (born 1994), a student that finished his master's degree thesis in 2014.[40]

Turchynov is known for abstaining from tobacco and alcohol.[41] He is part of the 1% of Ukraine's population that identify as being Protestant. Although some in the media have reported that he is a pastor,[42][43][44] the Associated Baptist Press and the European Baptist Federation report[41][45] that he is an elder and occasional lay preacher at his Kiev church, the Word of Life Center, which is a member of the Evangelical Baptist Union of Ukraine.[14]

Interesting facts[edit]

From December 2009 till March 2010, the adviser to Turchinov in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was Andriy Slyusarchuk, a Ukrainian fraudster.[46]

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