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|5th and 8th Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada|
December 9, 2008 – December 12, 2012
|Preceded by||Oleksandr Lavrynovych (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Volodymyr Rybak|
May 28, 2002 – July 6, 2006
|Preceded by||Ivan Plyushch|
|Succeeded by||Oleksandr Moroz|
|Head of Presidential Administration|
November 1999 – May 2002
|Preceded by||Mykola Biloblotsky|
|Succeeded by||Viktor Medvedchuk|
|Leader of People's Party|
|Leader of For United Ukraine|
November 29, 2001 – 2006
|Born||Volodymyr Mykhailovych Lytvyn
April 28, 1956
Sloboda-Romanivska, Zhytomyr Province, Ukrainian SSR
|Political party||Bloc For United Ukraine (2002-2004)
People's Party (2004-)
|Spouse(s)||Tetyana Kostyantynivna (1960)|
|Alma mater||Kiev University|
|Occupation||Politician and doctor of historical science|
|National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine||Academician (2003), member (1997)|
|Awards||Hero of Ukraine (2004)
State Prize in Science and Technology (1999)
Distinguished Scientists of Ukraine (1998)
Volodymyr Mykhailovych Lytvyn (Ukrainian: Володимир Михайлович Литвин) (born April 28, 1956) is a Ukrainian politician best known for being Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Having previously served in that position from 2002 until 2006, he was re-elected in December 2008 after his party agreed to join the former coalition of Yulia Tymoshenko in an expanded capacity and stayed Chairman till December 2012. From 1994 to 1999, Lytvyn was the aide to President Leonid Kuchma and, later, the head of his office.
Early biography and private life
Lytvyn was born in Sloboda-Romanivska village in the Novohrad-Volynskyi Raion of the Zhytomyr Oblast. Lytvyn graduated from the Kiev University (Faculty of History) in 1978. In 1984 he defended his dissertation "Efforts of the Communist Party of Ukraine in improving the preparation of teachers in social disciplines".
Lytvyn is a correspondent member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Sciences and Technology of Ukraine. However, in 2002 he was publicly and reasonably accused of plagiarizing a Western scholar when writing his article to Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper.
He is married to Tetyana Kostyantynivna (born 1960), an economist. Their daughter Olena (born 1982) is a beauty industry entrepreneur, and their son Ivan (born 1989) is a student.
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In 1994, Lytvyn became the aide to the newly elected President Leonid Kuchma. In 1999, he was appointed as the head of the Presidential Administration. During the Cassette Scandal audiotapes where released on which Kuchma, Lytvyn and other top-level administration officials are allegedly heard discussing the need to silence Georgiy Gongadze for his online news reports about high-level corruption. Gongadze’s decapitated body was found in the suburbs of Kiev in November 2000.
In 2002, Lytvyn was elected to Verkhovna Rada as the head of the party bloc For United Ukraine ("Za edynu Ukrainu"). He became the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (speaker) of the legislature as a compromising figure among the parliamentary factions.
Lytvyn refused to take part in the presidential election of 2004 despite his significant political influence.
Lytvyn's brother, Mykola Lytvyn is the chief of Ukraine's Border Guard.
Lytvyn is known for his ironic political expressions. One of his best-known sentences is "I do not protest at forming an artificial majority in our parliament. But I want this majority to include every member of parliament."
At the parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006 his Lytvyn's People's Bloc won 2.44% of the popular vote and no seats since it did not meet the 3 percent threshold. Lytvyn's allies (together with other parties) declared the voting results forged, filing a court suit and starting a public campaign. However, Lytvyn himself avoids press and shows deep disappointment since the results announced. Elected vice-chairman NAN.
In the early parliamentary election held on September 30, 2007, the Lytvyn Bloc (renamed from Lytvyn's People's Bloc) consisted of the People's Party and the Labour Party. The bloc placed fifth with 20 out of 450 seats.
2010 Ukrainian presidential election and 2012 parliamentary elections
On December 6, 2009 Mykola Melnychenko, former bodyguard to Kuchma, accused Lytvyn of ordering the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000. A spokesperson for Lytvyn dismissed the claims as part of the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election campaign. During the election Lytvyn received 2,35% of the votes.
Lytvyn took part in the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election as an People's Party candidate in single-member districts number 65 (first-past-the-post wins a parliament seat) located in Narodychi Raion. He won a parliamentary seat by winning this constituency.
In 2000 Melnychenko released a secretly taped recording allegedly of a conversation between Kuchma and Lytvyn in which the two discussed getting rid of Gongadze. Lytvyn is alleged to have said that Kuchma should "let loose [Interior Minister] Kravchenko to use alternative methods" on Gongadze. Lytvyn denies the allegation, alleging that the tape is a fabrication. Independent experts who have analysed the tapes are divided as to their authenticity. Gongadze was found in a shallow grave in 2000. He had been beheaded. Kravchenko died in mysterious circumstances in 2005. Two bullets were found in his head. An official investigation decided he had committed suicide. An investigation concluded that he had ordered Gongadze's murder. Lytvyn stated "The investigation confirmed my innocence in this case, despite the fact that efforts have been, are being and will be taken to make me practically the main person accused [of killing the journalist]".
During the trail of Oleksiy Pukach Pukach claimed that (former) Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Lytvyn (at the time of the murder Kuchma's head of his Presidential Administration) where the one who ordered the murder of Gongadze.
- Father - Mykhailo Klymovych (1930)
- Mother - Olha Andriivna (1929)
- Ukraine parliament elects speaker after brawls, Reuters (13 December 2012)
- Laws of Ukraine. Order of Verkhovna Rada No. 10-IV: On the Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Passed on . (Ukrainian)
- "Order of Verkhovna Rada on appointment of Chairman" (in Ukrainian).
- (Ukrainian)photoservice UNIAN
- (Ukrainian)Biography People's Party
- Rada Elects Volodymyr Lytvyn, Ukrainian News Agency (December 9, 2008)
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/.stm. Missing or empty
- Lytvyn manages to keep foothold in power despite his close ties to Kuchma, questions about his past, Kyiv Post (January 14, 2010)
- Key suspect in Gongadze murder arrested; Pukach allegedly strangled journalist, but who gave the order? (UPDATED), Kyiv Post, (July 22, 2009)
- "Parties (blocs of parties), who get three (3%) and more percents of votes of voters". Central Election Commission of Ukraine.
- Former guard accuses parliament speaker of Gongadze murder, Kyiv Post (December 8, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) ЦВК оприлюднила офіційні результати 1-го туру виборів, Gazeta.ua (January 25, 2010)
- (Ukrainian)Одномандатний виборчий округ №65 Single-mandate constituency № 65, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
- Strange Familiar Faces, The Ukrainian Week (15 September 2012)
- (Ukrainian) Proportional votes & Constituency seats, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
- Ukraine: don’t ask who killed Georgiy Gongadze, Opendemocracy.net
- Court sentences Pukach to life for murdering Gongadze, disregards claims against Kuchma, Lytvyn, Kyiv Post (29 January 2013)
Ukraine police officer accuses ex-president after being jailed for life, Reuters (29 January 2013)
Gongadze killer pointed on Kuchma and Lytvyn. "LIGABusinessInform". 2013-1-29
- Former policeman 'carried out Georgiy Gongadze murder on behalf of Leonid Kuchma', Telegraph.co.uk (1 September 2011)
- Question mark is the freedom's coat of arms (Zerkalo Nedeli's first analysis of the Cassette Scandal, including quotations from the recordings; 2000) (Ukrainian)
- Seven myths (2002 article in Zerkalo Nedeli, including accusations of copyright violation supposedly committed by Lytvyn) (Ukrainian)
- The sacred cows can only be found in India (Lytvyn's reply to the preceding contribution, also in Zerkalo Nedeli) (Ukrainian)
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