Vitaliy Zakharchenko

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Vitaliy Zakharchenko
Віталій Захарченко
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Ministry of Internal Affairs
In office
November 7, 2011 – February 21, 2014
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Preceded by Anatolii Mohyliov
Succeeded by Arsen Avakov (Acting)
Head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine
In office
December 25, 2010 – November 7, 2011
President Viktor Yanukovych
Personal details
Born Vitaliy Yuriyovych Zakharchenko
(1963-01-20) January 20, 1963 (age 51)
Kostiantynivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Ukrainian
Political party Politically unaffiliated[1][2]
Spouse(s) Lyudmyla[3]
Children 2 children[3]
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union, Ukraine
Service/branch MVS
Years of service 1981
Rank Major General

Vitaliy Yuriyovych Zakharchenko (Ukrainian: Віталій Юрійович Захарченко; born January 20, 1963)[4] is a Ukrainian politician who served as Minister of Internal Affairs[5][6] from 7 November 2011 until he was suspended from duties by the Ukrainian parliament on 21 February 2014.[7] In that position, he was the head of the Ukrainian national police service, the Militsiya.

Biography[edit]

Police Major General Vitaliy Zakharchenko[8] was born in Kostiantynivka, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union. He was graduated from the Riga branch of the Minsk Higher School of Interior of the USSR in 1991.[9][10] He began his career with the police in the Donetsk Oblast in July 1981.[8][10][11] From May 2008 to June 2010 he held leading positions in the State Tax Administration in Poltava Oblast.[10] President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Zakharchenko as head of the State Tax Administration of Ukraine on 25 December 2010.[8][12] On 7 November 2011 the president appointed him Minister of Internal Affairs, replacing Anatolii Mohyliov who had been named the new Prime Minister of Crimea;[5][6] simultaneously, Yanukovych appointed Oleksandr Klymenko as head of the State Tax Administration of Ukraine.[13] The Ukrainian parliament suspended Zakharchenko from his duties on 21 February 2014 for using "violence" against protesters in the February 2014 Euromaidan riots.[7][14][15]

According to Ukrainian media Zakharchenko is a close friend of President Yanukovych' son, Viktor Viktorovych Yanukovych,[8][10][11] though President Yanukovych, through his press service, has denied that he appoints individuals to top government positions based on their personal loyalty and closeness to his family rather than qualifications.[16] Since he is an officer of the Interior Ministry, he is not allowed to be a member of a political party.[1][2]

There is a suspicion that the minister owned the single active golden ore deposit in Muzhievo, Zakarpattia Oblast.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crimean prime minister planning to join Regions Party again, Kyiv Post (9 November 2011)
  2. ^ a b (Russian) Могилев, Анатолий, Lenta.Ru
  3. ^ a b (Ukrainian) ЗАХАРЧЕНКО ВІТАЛІЙ ЮРІЙОВИЧ - ГЕНЕРАЛ-МАЙОР МІЛІЦІЇ, Who-is-Who.com.ua
  4. ^ (Russian) Захарченко Виталий Юрьевич, Politrada
  5. ^ a b Yanukovych appoints Mohyliov to Crimean post, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  6. ^ a b Chief tax officer Zakharchenko appointed interior minister of Ukraine, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  7. ^ a b interfax.com.ua/news/general/191757.html Rada suspends Acting Interior Minister Zakharchenko from his duties, Interfax-Ukraine (21 February 2014)
  8. ^ a b c d (Ukrainian) Податкову очолив Віталій Захарченко, BBC Ukrainian (December 25, 2010)
  9. ^ Chief tax officer Zakharchenko appointed interior minister of Ukraine, Interfax Ukraine (7 November 2011)
  10. ^ a b c d (Russian) Захарченко Виталий Юрьевич, Информационно-аналитический центр "ЛІГА"
  11. ^ a b (Ukrainian) Любі друзі Олександра Януковича, Ukrayinska Pravda (7 November 2011)
  12. ^ Yanukovych reappoints Tax Administration head, Kyiv Post (25 December 2010)
  13. ^ Deputy Tax Chief Klymenko tapped to head tax service, Interfax Ukraine (7 November 2011)
  14. ^ Ukraine parliament votes to sack interior minister, The Daily Star (Lebanon) (21 February 2014)
  15. ^ Tensions high at Kyiv protest camp despite ground-breaking deal, CTV News (21 February 2014)
  16. ^ Yanukovych denies favoring loyalists and ‘family’ in appointments, Kyiv Post (5 March 2012)
  17. ^ Only gold deposit in Ukraine controls the partner Zaharchenko. Ukraiyinska Pravda. January 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Oleksandr Papaika
Head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Oleksandr Klymenko
Preceded by
Anatolii Mohyliov
Minister of Internal Affairs
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Arsen Avakov