Denis Pushilin

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Denis Pushilin
2017-09-28 Denis Pushilin.jpg
President of the Donetsk People's Republic
Assumed office
20 November 2018
Acting: 7 September 2018–20 November 2018
Prime MinisterHimself (Acting)
Alexander Ananchenko (Acting)
Preceded byDmitry Trapeznikov (Acting)
Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic
In office
7 September 2018 – 18 October 2018
Preceded byDmitry Trapeznikov (Acting)
Succeeded byAlexander Ananchenko (Acting)
Chairman of the People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic
In office
4 September 2015 – 14 September 2018
Preceded byAndrei Purgin
Succeeded byOlga Makeeva
Vice Chairman of the People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic
In office
14 November 2014 – 4 September 2015
Permanent Permanent Representative of the People's Democratic Republic at the negotiations of the tripartite contact group in Minsk
In office
9 November 2014 – 12 September 2018
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byNataliya Nikonorova
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic
In office
15 May 2014 – 18 July 2014
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byVladimir Makovych (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1981-05-09) 9 May 1981 (age 37)
Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR[1]
Political partyDonetsk Republic
Spouse(s)Elena Pushilina

Denis Vladimirovich Pushilin (Russian: Дени́с Влади́мирович Пуши́лин, pronounced [dʲɪˈnʲis vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ pʊˈʂɨlʲɪn]; Ukrainian: Денис Володимирович Пушилін; Denys Volodymyrovych Pushylin; born on May 9, 1981[1]) is a politician who was the Chairman of the People's Soviet (Speaker of parliament) of the Donetsk People's Republic (2015–2018), and therefore, under the draft Constitution adopted in May 2014, the self-declared republic's head of state.[2] On 7 September 2018 (after his predecessor Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in a bomb blast),[3] Pushilin was appointed acting Head of the DPR; a position which he held until elections on 11 November 2018.[4]


Ukrainian media claimed that Pushilin's highest stage of formal education is secondary education.[1][5] According to his (November 2013) autobiography at the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, in May 2014 Russia's ITAR-TASS (news agency) reported Pushilin had graduated from the Donbass Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture.[5][6]

Prior to his political activism, Pushilin worked for a recent successor of the 1990s Russian Ponzi scheme company MMM, which cost its customers millions of dollars before it was disbanded in 1994.[7][8] Pushilin never denied involvement in such schemes and affirmed that "pyramid schemes were legal in Russia at the time".

As a member of the "We Have One Goal" party Pushilin failed to win a seat in the 15 December 2013 repeat elections of the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election in simple-majority constituencies number 94 (located in Obukhiv) because got only 0.08% of the votes.[9][10] Pushilin's (only 1 page long) election program did not contain any statement on a wanted change of Ukraine's current borders.[1][5] According to his election information, in December 2013 Pushilin was "temporarily not working".[1][5] On 19 May 2014 Pushilin became the self-declared Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (Speaker of parliament) of the Donetsk People's Republic, and therefore, under the draft Constitution adopted on May 15, the self-declared republic's head of state.[2]

Denis Pushilin, the self-proclaimed chairman of the republic stated that he does not envision the Donetsk People's Republic becoming an independent state, instead preferring to join a renewed Russian Empire.[11]

Pushilin has survived two assassination attempts so far, both occurring within a week on the 7th[12] and 12th[13] of June 2014. Pushilin was in Moscow on those dates, as was widely reported at the time.[14]

While in Moscow in June 2014, Pushilin announced that enterprises in the areas claimed as the Donetsk People's Republic refusing to pay taxes to the republic would be "nationalized".[15]

According to the Interfax agency, on 18 July 2014, Pushilin resigned from his post of the Chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic.[16]

From 14 November 2014 to 4 September 2015 he served as a Vice-Chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic Soviet then he replaced Andrei Purgin and became the Chairman of the Soviet once again.[17]

On 31 August 2018 DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko was killed by a bomb in a restaurant in Donetsk.[3] On 7 September 2018, Pushilin was appointed acting Head of the DPR; it was said he would hold this position until elections on 11 November 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Деніс Пушилін: Мажоритарні округи Київська область Округ №94 [Denis Pushylin: Majority districts Kyiv oblast District №94] (in Ukrainian). 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Denis Pushilin elected parliamentary speaker of Donetsk People's Republic". Voice of Russia. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Pro-Russian rebel leader killed in eastern Ukraine blast". The Washington Post. August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Парламент ДНР сменил исполняющего обязанности главы республики". Meduza (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Short bio of candidate Pushilin, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  6. ^ Newly formed Donetsk Republic elects parliament speaker, ITAR-TASS (15 May 2014)
  7. ^ Financial Times, Donetsk governor battles to restore order, by John Reed, 26/27 April 2014, p5.
  8. ^ Ukrayinska Pravda, Глава уряду самопроголошеної Донецької народної республіки: "Зараз мені ніколи займатися МММ" [The head of government of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk: "Now I have no time to engage with MMM"], by Екатерина Сергацкова [Ekaterina Sergatskova], April 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Stephanie Höppner (20 April 2014). "Unknown takes separatist spotlight in Ukraine". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ (in Ukrainian) Results in single-member district 94 in 2013 repeat election, NB News
  11. ^ ""We want to join a Russian Empire:" Discussion with the Leader of the Donetsk People's Republic". Center on Global Interests. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. ^ "В Донецке совершено покушение на председателя "Верховного совета ДНР" Пушилина, его помощник убит" [Assassination attempt in Donetsk on the chairman of the "Supreme Soviet of the DPR" Pushilin, his assistant killed] (in Russian). RBK Ukraine (РБК-Україна [uk]). 7 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Blast targets self-proclaimed E. Ukraine leader's vehicle, 2 killed". Russia Today. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  14. ^ Dmitry Tymchuk (14 June 2014). "Dmitry Tymchuk's military blog: No end to Kremlin cynicism". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Pushilin: Donetsk enterprises refusing to pay taxes to budget of Donetsk People's Republic will be nationalized". Kyiv Post. Interfax. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Денис Пушилин ушел в отставку". Газета.Ru. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  17. ^ Пушилин возглавил парламент ДНР [Pushilin led DPR parliament astray] (in Russian). Interfax. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.

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