Andriy Mokhnyk

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Andriy Mokhnyk
Андрій Мохник
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15th Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
In office
27 February 2014 – 12 November 2014
Prime MinisterArseniy Yatsenyuk
Preceded byOleh Proskuryakov
Succeeded byIhor Shevchenko
Personal details
Born (1972-06-15) 15 June 1972 (age 46)
Lypovets, Vinnitsa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Political partyAll-Ukrainian Union "Freedom"
Alma materKyiv Institute of Civil Engineering
Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University

Andriy Mokhnyk (Ukrainian: Андрій Володимирович Мохник) is a Ukrainian politician, Deputy Chairman of the right-wing All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom" party, and a former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine .

Biography[edit]

From the age of six to fourteen he lived with his parents in the town of Pripyat, now abandoned and part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone since the Chernobyl accident. After school he worked in education, with a personal experience of combat Russification. For a while he worked in the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.[when?].In 1994 he graduated from the Kyiv Institute of Civil Engineering as a civil engineer. He worked as a foreman engineer at the Research Institute.

In 2011 he graduated from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University majoring in law. He completed postgraduate studies in "History of Ukraine".

Activities within Svoboda[edit]

Mokhnyk joined the nationalist movement in the mid-1990s. By September 2010 he was head of the Kiev organization Svoboda, and deputy of the "Kiev Regional Council" from 2010–2012. In 2012 he won a seat in the Ukrainian parliament's 7th convocation for the All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom". He rose to deputy chairman[when?] and is member of their Political Council. He met with representatives of Svoboda's Italian counterpart, the Forza Nuova, discussing cooperation regarding the "preservation of each country's national identity" in October 2013.[1]

Mokhnyk has been described as Tiagnybok's "right hand man in parliament", who sees "Russia as Ukraine’s main foreign enemy, seeking to oppress Ukrainians, control their riches, and sabotage EU integration". In 2012 he has stated that Ukrainians suffered like Jewish people, and that the Holodomor genocide, a 1930s man-made famine that killed up to 7.5 million, nearly eliminated Ukrainians. He has said that Ukraine's internal enemies are an "oligarchic class composed of former Communist apparatchiks, Komsomol leaders, KGB agents and straight forward criminals of primarily non-Ukrainian ethnic descent". He supports banning Communist party members, former Soviet apparatchiks and KGB agents from holding office.[2] Mokhnyk is on record for supporting re-nationalization of "strategic state assets", which he claims were "stolen by oligarchs through corrupt privatizations" and increasing taxes for large businesses rather than small and medium businesses. He also supports stating Ukrainian passport holders' ethnicity.[2]

In the Yatsenyuk Government that came to power on 27 February 2014, Mokhnyk was Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. On 12 November 2014 he and his fellow two Svoboda ministers in the Yatsenyuk Government resigned (they became acting ministers till a new Government was formed).[3] In the October 2014 parliamentary election Mokhnyk had been 8th on the election list of his party; since the party came 0,29% short to overcome the 5% threshold to win seats on the nationwide list he was not re-elected into parliament.[4][5]

Private life[edit]

He is married and has one daughter, Miroslava, living in Kiev.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andriy Mokhnyk met with representatives of the "Forza Nuova" party". Press Service of Svoboda. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Olearchyk, Roman (26 December 2012). "Nationalist Ukraine party sparks concern". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ Svoboda party members in Ukrainian government resign – Deputy Premier Sych, Interfax-Ukraine (12 November 2014)
  4. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 10 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC Archived 12 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) Party list All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom", Ukrayinska Pravda (3 October 2014)

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