George Tuka

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George Tuka
Георгій Тука
Георгій Тука 02.jpg
Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons
Assumed office
29 April 2016
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
MinisterVadym Chernysh[1]
Governor of Luhansk Oblast
In office
22 July 2015 – 29 April 2016
PresidentPetro Poroshenko
Preceded byYuriy Klimenko (acting)
Succeeded byYuriy Harbuz[2]
Personal details
Born (1963-11-24) 24 November 1963 (age 55)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Residence Ukraine
Twitter@tuka_george

George Tuka or Heorhiy/Georgiy Tuka (Ukrainian: Георгій Борисович Тука; born 24 November 1963[3]) is a Ukrainian politician and activist. Since 29 April 2016 Tuka is Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons in the Groysman government.[4] In 2015 and 2015 he was governor of Luhansk Oblast.

Personal life[edit]

George Tuka was born on 24 November 1963 in Kyiv.[3] He graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 1986.[3] He has a son who volunteered for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Career[edit]

In 2009–2010, Tuka worked as head of sales at En Ti Telekom LLC.[3] From 2011 to 2012 he was the director of Zenit-Telecom.[3][5]

According to his own words he took part in Arab Spring protests in Egypt where he lived for two and a half years[6]

Tuka joined the Euromaidan protests early on and was wounded by the Berkut special police force on 18 February 2014.[7] He is a co-founder and coordinator of Narodnyi Tyl, a community volunteer movement.[8] In 2014 he co-founded and was fifth on the list of the political party Ukraine is One Country (Ukrayina – Yedyna Krayina) during the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[7]

In 2014, Narodnyi Tyl established a website titled "Myrotvorets" ("Peacemaker"),[9] which lists the personal data of citizens described as "separatists" or "Kremlin agents" by the authors of the site.[10] Several media have reported that it provided the personal data, including home address, of an assassinated former MP from the Party of Regions, Oleg Kalashnikov,[10] and journalist and writer Oles Buzina.[11] When asked about possible responsibility for the illegal distribution of personal data, he stated, "This site contains data on more than 25,000 men. More than 300 of them are either arrested or killed. So why should I worry about some two lowlifes who are guilty of war?"[12]

On 22 July 2015,[13] President Petro Poroshenko appointed Tuka governor of Luhansk Oblast.[14] He was dismissed from this post by Poroshenko on 29 April 2016.[15]

Later on 29 April 2016 Tuka was appointed Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons in the Groysman government.[4]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Cabinet formed in Ukraine, UNIAN (14 April 2016)
    Week’s balance: PM Groysman, Rada’s sabotage, and disappointing IMF forecast, UNIAN (18 April 2016)
  2. ^ Poroshenko appoints MP Harbuz as governor of Luhansk region instead of Tuka, Interfax-Ukraine (29 April 2016)
  3. ^ a b c d e Short biography, LB.ua
  4. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Tuka appointed Deputy Minister of Occupied Territories, Ukrayinska Pravda (29 April 2016)
    Tuka appointed Deputy PM for temporarily occupied territories, IDPs – Groysman, Interfax-Ukraine (29 April 2016)
  5. ^ "Георгий Тука: "Даже если бы я стал министром обороны, это ничего бы не изменило"". lb.ua. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Георгий Тука: "Даже если бы я стал министром обороны, это ничего бы не изменило"". lb.ua. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b Sukhov, Oleg (22 July 2015). "Volunteer and EuroMaidan activist to head war-torn Luhansk Oblast". Kyiv Post.
  8. ^ "Army volunteer George Tuka: The internal enemy is more dangerous for Ukraine – #FreeSavchenko". maidantranslations.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Волонтери запустили в інтернеті сайт про зрадників і найманців, які воюють проти України". ipress.ua. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Открыт огонь на поражение". rosbalt.ru. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Советник МВД Украины рекламировал сайт, на котором были адреса убитых Калашникова и Бузины". RUS Delfi. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Провокация или расправа. Почему убили Бузину". vesti-ukr.com. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  13. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №448/2015 — Офіційне інтернет-представництво Президента України". president.gov.ua. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Digital News World - Breaking News, World, Business, Sports, Entertainment and Latest News Headlines". www.digitalnewsworld.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  15. ^ Poroshenko dismisses head of Luhansk regional military and civil administration Tuka, Interfax-Ukraine (29 April 2016)
  16. ^ "Про відзначення державними нагородами України з нагод... - від 23.08.2014 № 676/2014 (Сторінка 1 з 2)". zakon4.rada.gov.ua. Retrieved 26 April 2018.

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