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|Born||August 19, 1967|
|Occupation||Member of Ukrainian Parliament|
Andrii Leonidovych Derkach (Андрі́й Леоні́дович Де́ркач) (born August 19, 1967) is a politician and businessman who is a member of the Ukrainian parliament (Verhovna Rada) and an activist of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Early life and education
Derkach is the son of Leonid Derkach, former director of the Security Service of Ukraine who was fired in 2001 for his alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze. In 2005, the report of the ad hoc committee of the Ukrainian parliament investigating the murder concluded that Gongadze's murder had been organized by then President Kuchma and his Minister of the Interior and that Leonid Derkach had been involved in the crime.
Derkach attended the Kharkiv Higher Military Command and Engineering College of Missile Forces (now Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University), graduating in 1989. In 1989 and 1990 he served in the Strategic Missile Force at the technical missile base of the Pervomaysk division of the Strategic Missile Force. In 1993 he graduated with a PhD in Law from the Dzerzhinsky Higher School, renamed Academy of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in 1995, with a thesis on "Organization and conduct of meetings with secret agents”.
1994–1996: Deputy Director of the Control Service of the President of Ukraine.
1996–1997: Advisor to the President of Ukraine on Foreign Economic Affairs.
1997–1998: First Assistant to the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
2006–2007: President of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom"
2007: Director General of the State Concern "Ukratomprom"
2011–2013: Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, pro bono.
Germany's Federal Agency for Civic Education reported in 2007 that Derkach and his father Leonid led the Derkach group, one of the regional cross-industry holding companies formed in Ukraine after the end of the Soviet Union which had close ties to the political elite and tried to influence politics through lobbying, corrupt networks, and illegal appropriations. Derkach headed a media company comprising four newspapers, a TV guide, and the website версії.com.
According to Media Ownership Monitor Ukraine, Derkach "de facto owns" television channel TRK Era and Radio Era; officially the owner is his assistant Anton Oleksandrovych Simonenko while Derkach is listed as honorary president of "Era-Media" and head of the arts council of TRK Еra. Ownership data of the privately held company is not publicly available. Radio Era was one of several radio stations, most prominently among them Petro Poroshenko's Channel 5, that provided around-the-clock reporting from Maidan Square during the Orange Revolution in 2004.
2002–2006: Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.
Since 2012: Member of the Budget Committee of Ukrainian Parliament (Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of budget).
2014–2016: Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group "Nation's Will”.
According to Ukrainian anti-corruption watchdog organization Chesno, Derkach voted for the "dictatorship laws", ten laws restricting freedom of speech and assembly, which were signed into law by president Viktor Yanukovych in January 2014; nine of them were repealed by the Ukrainian parliament 12 days later.
On November 13, 2015, The Interfactional Parliamentary Association “For the Protection of Violated Rights of Citizens and Against Political Repression “Forbidden to Forbid” was established. Derkach was elected as the Chairman of the Association.
On January 26, 2016, Derkach initiated the creation of an interim commission of inquiry on violations of the constitutional rights of citizens.
As of October 2019, Derkach represents the Sumy region in northeastern Ukraine.
According to anti-corruption watchdog organization Chesno, Derkach and his associates appropriated protected lands valued at millions of dollars.; he also failed to declare his wife's stake in various of his business enterprises, as he was obliged to do under the Ukrainian law to prevent corruption.
On October 9, 2019, Derkach alleged that Joe Biden had been involved in an international money laundering scheme with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings and US-based Rosemont Seneca Partners. He claimed that Burisma's payments to four of its board members–including Biden's son Hunter–which were neither secret nor illegal, were "a sinister plot involving" Ukraine's former president Poroshenko but his claims initially were mostly ignored in Ukraine and abroad.
Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, called Derkach "not credible" and a "professional disinformer." In 2016, Åslund was appointed to the supervisory board of Ukraine's 23rd largest bank, Kredyt Dnipro, owned by Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk.
Since 1997 serves as the chairman of the Charity Foundation for Ecology and Social Protection "Our Future”. Since 2003: President of the International Festival of Orthodox cinema “Pokrov”. In 2009 elected Delegate of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of the laity of the Diocese of Konotop. 2010–2013: Member of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Derkach is married to Terekhova Oksana Volodymyrivna, PhD in Pedagogy, Associate Professor of the Department of Cultural Studies of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. They have three daughters and two sons.
Honors and recognition
- Member of the Order of Merit of the III degree
- Member of the Order of the Supreme Church St. Vladimir, Reverend Nestor the Chronicler, Saints Anthony and Theodosius, St. Demetrius of Rostov, St. Theodosius of Chernigov
- Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Author of the book Glukhov - hetman's capital (2000), co-author of monographs: "Infinitely lasting present: Ukraine: four years of the road" (1995), "Ukraine-Russia: test of friendship" (1997)
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