Hanna Herman

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Hanna Herman
Personal details
Born Hanna Mykolaivna Stetsiv
(1959-04-24) 24 April 1959 (age 57)
Mykolaiv Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Nationality Ukraine
Political party Party of Regions
Spouse(s) Serhiy Mykhailovych Herman
Residence Kyiv
Alma mater Lviv University
Occupation politician, journalist, spokeswoman
Committees parliamentary: on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations (2012-2014)
on Freedom of Speech and Information (2006–2010)
on Foreign Affairs (2007)

Hanna Mykolaivna Herman (Ukrainian: Га́нна Микола́ївна Ге́рман) (born 24 April 1959; Lviv region,[1]) is a Ukrainian politician, former Member of Parliament of Ukraine, and advisor to former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.[2]


Hanna Herman was born in a village of Kolodruby in Lviv Oblast to Mykola Petrovych Stetsiv (1932–1971, worker) and Kateryna Hryhorivna Hanushchak (1936 - 2013, cultural activist). In 1982, Hanna Herman graduated from the Journalism faculty of Lviv University as a journalist.[3]

From 1981 to 1984, she worked at the Mykolaiv Raion newspaper "Leninska Zorya" (Lenin's Dawn) as a teletypist, reporter, head of department.[3] After that Hanna Herman worked at the Lviv newspaper "Leninska Molod" (Lenin's Youth) until 1990. During that period she was a member of the Union of journalists of USSR.[3]

From 1991 to 2002, Hanna Herman worked at the Lviv city newspaper "Ratusha" (Rathaus) as a reporter, while being an independent correspondent of Radio Liberty.[3] From 2002 to 2004 she was head of the Kyiv bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.[3]

Since 6 May 2004, H.Herman was the spokeswoman for Viktor Yanukovych who at that time held position of the Prime Minister of Ukraine. She was also the chief of press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.[3]

In January 2005 – May 2006, H.Herman was advisor to the Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych. From May 2006 to November 2007 Hanna Herman was the People's Deputy of Ukraine of V convocation, first deputy head of the parliamentary committee on freedom of speech and information (07.2006–01.2007), member of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs (01.2007–11.2007).[3]

In August 2006 – December 2007, H.Herman was advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. From November 2007 to February 2010 Hanna Herman was the People's Deputy of Ukraine of VI convocation, Head of the parliamentary committee on freedom of speech and information (12.2007–02.2010).

On 28 November 2006, she was one of the only two Party of Regions MPs who voted in favour of the law recognizing Holodomor as genocide.[4]

On 25 February 2010, Herman was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration. In April 2011 – November 2012, she served as advisor to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Head of the Main Office for Humanitarian and Social-Political Affairs, President’s Administration.

In 2010, the Ukrainian magazine Focus named Hanna Herman as the second most influential woman in Ukraine after Yulia Tymoshenko.[5] Hanna Herman has been ranked among the top 10 most influential women since the introduction of the rating in 2006.

On 28 October 2012, at the parliamentary elections Herman was elected member of Ukraine's parliament.[6] She became the Head of the Ukrainian parliamentary interfactional union of MPs "In the Support of Freedom of Conscience", which was created for promoting the freedom of conscience, protecting the rights of people of different faiths and beliefs, including the representatives of all churches and religious organizations of Ukraine.[7]

On 23 November 2012, President Yanukovych dismissed Herman from the post of his adviser and head of the presidential administration's department for humanitarian, social and political issues so she could to take in the seat in the Ukrainian Parliament she had won in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election where she was placed 13th on the election list of the Party of Regions.[8]

President Yanukovych appointed Herman as his independent advisor when he signed the relevant decree No.13 on 9 January 2013.[2]

On 16 January 2014 Herman voted for the anti-protest laws that conflict with Constitution of Ukraine, Convention about the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, obligations and duties of Ukraine as a member of the UNO, CE and OSCE.[9](Ukrainian)

Herman did not participate in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[10]


  • "Piramidy nevydymi" (Ukrainian: Піраміди Невидимі) (2003)
  • "Chervona Atlantyda" (Ukrainian: Червона Атлантида) (2011)


  • Award for International Understanding.[11]
  • St. (Great Martyr) Barbara Orthodox Church Award (2012).[12]
  • Award for contributions to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (2013).[13]


  1. ^ Herman: ‘I am a dissident in this administration’, Kyiv Post (5 September 2011)
  2. ^ a b Herman appointed Ukrainian president's non-staff advisor
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Biography
  4. ^ http://www.unian.ua/news/174861-hto-z-regionaliv-progolosuvav-za-zakon-pro-golodomor.html
  5. ^ 100 самых влиятельных женщин Украины. Рейтинг Фокуса
  6. ^ Kyiv Post
  7. ^ Interfactional deputies union In Support of Freedom of Conscience met with the heads of denominations represented in the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations
  8. ^ Herman: New government to be formed next week, Kyiv Post (12 December 2012)
  9. ^ Results of roll-call for the project of Law on making alteration in Law of Ukraine "On the judicial system and status of judges" and judicial laws in relation to the additional measures of defence of safety of citizens(№3879) - for basis and on the whole
  10. ^ (Ukrainian) Alphabetical Index of candidates in 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Central Election Commission of Ukraine.
  11. ^ Korrespondent.net
  12. ^ Ukrainian Orthodox Church has awarded Hanna Herman
  13. ^ His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine has awarded Hanna Herman with a High Award for contributions to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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