Ihor Baluta

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Ihor Baluta
Ігор Балута
Ihor M. Baluta (09.2014) 2.jpg
Governor of Kharkiv Oblast
In office
2 March 2014[1] – 3 February 2015[2]
Preceded byMykhailo Dobkin
Succeeded byIhor Raynin[2]
Personal details
Born (1970-12-10) December 10, 1970 (age 48)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyBatkivshchyna until 2014 [3]
ProfessionPediatrician[4]

Ihor Baluta (Ukrainian: Ігор Балута) is a Ukrainian pediatrician, businessman, Ukrainian politician and Governor of Kharkiv Oblast from March 2014 until February 2015.[4][5][2]

Biography[edit]

Baluta was born 9 July 1970 in Kharkiv.[1] In 1993 he graduated from Kharkiv Medical Institute (specializing in pediatrics).[1] From 1993 till 1998 he worked at a children's hospital in Kharkiv.[1] Baluta was an assistant at the laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Allergology of the Kharkiv Research Institute of Microbiology and Immunology Department of the Academy of medical sciences of Ukraine in Kharkiv from early 1999 till early 2002.[1] From 2002 till 2005 he was CEO of two commercial enterprises.[1] Late 2004 he participated in the Orange Revolution.[6] From April 2005 till September 2010 Baluta served as head of the main Directorate of labour and social protection of the population of Kharkiv Oblast (province).[1]

In 2010 he was elected as a Deputy of the Kharkiv Oblast Council (for Batkivshchyna).[1][4] In the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election Baluta was for Batkivshchyna in constituency 168 situated in Kharkiv.[1][7] He finished second in this race with 29.34% (winner Valeriy Pysarenko of Party of Regions won with 43.44%).[7][8]

On 2 March 2014 Baluta was appointed Governor of Kharkiv Oblast.[1] At the time of his appointment Kharkiv Oblast was in uproar because of pro-Russian protests.[5] On the day of his appointment on his Government office the Ukrainian flag was replaced with a Russian flag.[9] Baluta's first public appearance was two days later when he spoke to a crowd of pro-European demonstrators expressing his support for the new Yatsenyuk Government.[5] From then till 13 April regional (Baluta's Government office the) state administration building was occupied multiple times by Pro-Russian (until it became fully under Ukrainian control); accompanied by violent clashes between Pro-Russian and Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators.[10][11][12][13][13][14][4][15][16] Kharkiv returned to relative calm by 30 April.[17]

On 3 February 2015 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko replaced Baluta and appointed Ihor Raynin as governor in his place.[2]

In the October 2015 Ukrainian local elections Baluta is a candidate for Mayor of Kharkiv for the party Volunteer Party of Ukraine.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j (in Russian) Short bio, SQ
  2. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Poroshenko replaced Baluta and Raynin is appointed head of Kharkiv Oblast, Espreso TV (3 February 2015)
  3. ^ (in Russian)[1]
  4. ^ a b c d Kharkiv torn between Europe and Russia, Deutsche Welle (6 March 2014)
  5. ^ a b c Newly appointed Kharkiv governor makes first public appearance, Kyiv Post (March 4, 2014)
  6. ^ (in Ukrainian) Blog by Arsen Avakov Represent candidates - District N168 (Kharkiv) - IHOR Baluta, Ukrayinska Pravda (7 July 2012)
  7. ^ a b (in Russian) Short bio of Valeriy Pysarenko, Segodnya (19 September 2012)
  8. ^ (in Russian) Results of constituency 168, RBC Ukraine
  9. ^ Roth, Andrew (4 March 2014). "From Russia, 'Tourists' Stir the Protests". The New York Times.
    "Russian site recruits 'volunteers' for Ukraine". BBC News. 4 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Pro-Russia activists declare establishment of 'Kharkiv people's republic'". Focus Information Agency. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Pro-Russian Protesters Declare 'People's Republic' In Kharkiv". LiveLeak.com. 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Kharkiv settles down, while pro-Russian separatists still hold buildings in Luhansk, Donetsk". Kyiv Post. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Kharkiv city government building infiltrated by pro-Russian protesters". Kyiv Post. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Кернес пообіцяв допомогти звільнити затриманих сепаратистів | Українська правда". Pravda.com.ua. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  15. ^ "После нападения антимайдановцев на митинг Евромайдана в Харькове пострадало 50 человек : Новости УНИАН". Unian.net. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine". Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 14 April 2014. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine – based on information received up until 29 April 2014" (Press release). Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) He rushes to the authorities in the largest cities of Ukraine, Korrespondent.net (8 October 2015)

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