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Vadim Rabinovich, 2009
|Native name||ודים רבינוביץ'|
|Born||Vadim Zinov'evich Rabinovich
Вадим Зіновійович Рабинович
August 4, 1953
|Residence||Bitan Aharon, Israel|
|Children||1 daughter and 2 sons|
Vadim Zinov'evich Rabinovich (sometimes spelled Vadym Rabynovych (Ukrainian: Вадим Зіновійович Рабинович; Hebrew: ודים רבינוביץ'; born 4 August 1953, Kharkiv, USSR) is a Ukrainian businessman, politician, president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and leader of the Center political party, a presidential candidate in the elections of 2014 , parliamentary candidate for the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2014.
In 1970 he left Kharkov secondary school № 45 and entered the Kharkov National Automobile and Highway University.
In 1973-1975 Rabinovich went through a compulsory military service in the Air Defense Army of the Soviet Army.
From 1975 he worked as a foreman in repair and construction department of the Kharkov city council.
From the beginning of 1986 started running a business.
In 1995 together with Alexander Rodnyansky and Boris Fuksman (Ukr.) he founded the 1+1 TV channel.
In 1994 Rabinovich set the Media International Group and from 1997 to 2009 held a post of a president of the CN – Stolichnye Novosti publishing house.
In 2008 Vadim Rabinovich acquired the News One TV channel.
Since 2013 he has been running the News Network media group.
Rabinovich strongly supports Jewish charitable organisations.
In Israel he is known as a benefactor of the famous golden menorah to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.
September 11, 2005 on the initiative of Vadim Rabinovich, a monument to victims of terrorism was opened in Kiev with the participation of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, the US Ambassador John Herbst and Russian Ambassador Viktor Chernomyrdin.
Since 1997 he has been the president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress.
Since 2001 he has been heading the Step Towards Unity Forum of Christians and Jews.
Since 2001 Rabinovich has been a co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament.
From 2007 to 2013 he was a president of the Arsenal Kiev football club.
March 25, 2014 Vadim Rabinovich submitted documents to the Central Election Commission for registration as a self-nominated candidate for the presidency of Ukraine . The results of the election became a sensation: 2.5% (406,301) of voters casted a vote for the candidate Vadim Rabinovich, which is two times more than, for example, the result of Oleg Tyagnibok who was heading an entire faction in the Verkhovna Rada, or Dmitry Yarosh, whose popularity soared after the dramatic events at the Maidan. The best result Rabinovich showed in Zaporozhie, Nikolaev and Odessa regions, as well as in Dnepropetrovsk - almost 5%.
He is leader of the Center political party.
At early election 2014 he runs for a seat to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on a party list of the Opposition Bloc.
In 2000 Rabinovich set the Media International Group (MIG), which embraced CN – Stolichnye Novosti publishing house, MIGNOVOSTI newspaper in Ukraine, MIGnews in Israel and Delovaia nedelia weekly.
MIG holding company, in due time, also included Novoe Russkoe slovo the oldest daily newspaper in the USA, Narodnaia Volna radio station, CN-stolichnye novosti political weekly, Stolichka daily newspaper, DN-delovaia nedelia business weekly in Ukraine, Moskovskie novosti weekly in Russia as well as the MIG Israeli newspaper.
Holding also owned several radio and television stations and several Internet sites: MІGnews.com, MІGnews.com.ua, MІGsport.com, NRS.com, DN.kіev.ua, CN.com.ua, a number of print media in Ukraine and Israel.
From 2011 to 2014 Vadim Rabinovich is a co-owner of the first international Jewish news channel Jewish News One (JN1).
In November 2013 a new project – News Network, which is owned and funded by Vadim Rabinovich, was presented.
In January 2014 it was announced about the sale of the News One TV channel and the MIGnews.com.ua website by Vadim Rabinovich. The new owner of media resources became a businessman Eugene Muraviev.
In June 2014 a new station Rabinovich FM was presented.
2014 Presidential campaign
On 28 March 2014 the Kyiv Post reported that Rabynovych had filed as a self-appointed candidate for the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. This was partly to counter characterization of the new Ukrainian government as anti-Semitic. After submission of the documents for his registration Rabinovich stated "I want to destroy the myth about an anti-Semitic Ukraine, which is spreading around the world. Probably I'm the most fortunate candidate. Today unification is needed, and I'm a unifying candidate. I have no maniacal thirst for power, I just want to help the country". In the election he received 2.25% of the vote.
- "Poroshenko wins presidential election with 54.7% of vote - CEC". Radio Ukraine International. 29 May 2014.
(Russian) Results election of Ukrainian president, Телеграф (29 May 2014)
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