Oleksandr Oleksiovich Zinchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Олексійович Зінченко; April 16, 1957 in Slavuta – June 9, 2010 in Kiev) was a Ukrainian politician who was Director-General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine from 2009 to 2010. Oleksandr Zinchenko had a controversial career that includes Soviet Komsomol leadership, business in Russia and Ukraine, participation in the pro-Leonid Kuchma Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united), survival of cancer and joining the anti-Kuchma opposition.
Zinchenko was an Academician of the National TV Academy of Ukraine and has received the Honored Journalist of Ukraine award. He was married to a TV host, Iryna, and had two daughters, Kateryna and Oleksandra.
Zinchenko was born in Slavuta (Khmelnytskyi Oblast, then Ukrainian SSR) on April 16, 1957. He graduated with a degree in physics from Chernivtsi University, where from 1983-1985 he headed the Komsomol youth organization. From 1993-1995 Zinchenko headed Ometa-Merkantail and the joint stock company Balchug in Kiev . In 1996 he was appointed director of the Ukraine-Express information agency and worked as president of Inter TV in 1996 he also joined the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) (SDPU(o)).
Zinchenko became the SDPU(o)’s chief deputy chairman (vice-Speaker) of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) in 1998 and headed the party’s parliament faction. In 2000, he chaired the parliament’s Freedom of Speech and Information Committee, which international media watchdogs criticized for doing little to bolster the freedom of speech in Ukraine. On of the tapes (dated May 2000) recorded by Kuchma's former bodyguard, Major Mykola Melnychenko in President Kuchma office (revealed during the Cassette Scandal) Zinchenko seemed to talk with Kuchma about efforts to co-opt critical journalists and harass media outlets. Zinchenko was re-elected to the Verkhovna Rada in 2002 on a SDPU(o) ticket.
In June 2004 Zinchenko was appointed Campaign manager for Viktor Yushchenko during the Ukrainian presidential election, 2004 and after Yushchenko victory served as a chief of the President's office for Yuschenko in 2005. In September 2005 he resigned from the latter position in protest against corruption he alleged was taking place in the inner circle of the President, mainly accusing Petro Poroshenko. In December 2005 he created the political party Oleksander Zinchenko’s Patriotic Forces Party of Ukraine.
Oleksandr Zinchenko died on June 9, 2010 at the age of 53, and was buried at Kiev's Baikove Cemetery on June 11. Ukrainian politicians Yulia Tymoshenko, Oleksandr Turchynov, Mykola Tomenko and Borys Tarasyuk were present at his funeral.
- Zinchenko to be buried at Baikove cemetery on June 11, Kyiv Post (June 10, 2010)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko dies at age 53, Kyiv Post (June 10, 2010)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko, politician who turned away from Kuchma to support Orange Revolution, dies, Kyiv Post (June 9, 2010)
- Know your leaders!, Kyiv Post (27 January 2005)
- SDPU(u)'s Zinchenko joins Our Ukraine, Kyiv Post (16 June 2004)
- Moroz will back Yushchenko, Kyiv Post (5 November 2004)
- Zinchenko's bombshell, Kyiv Post (7 September 2005)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko talks, Kyiv Post (21 December 2005)
- Events by themes: «Yuliya Timoshenko’s bloc» faction deputies press-conference in UNIAN about the system tariffs increase in Kiev, UNIAN photoservice, (26-11-2008)
- Kiev City Council Official web-site – Delegates section
- Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv City Council replaces Zinchenko with Melikhova, Kyiv Post (June 23, 2009)
- Olexander Zinchenko is appointed Director General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine, National Space Agency of Ukraine Official web-site (13 February 2009)
- Zinchenko's appointment as director general of NSAU is 'a mockery of the rocket and space industry,' says Ukraine's ex-president, Interfax-Ukraine (February 20, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Юлія Тимошенко попрощалась з Олександром Зінченком, 11/06/2010, Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko official website (June 11, 2010)