Ihor Markov (Ukrainian: Ігор Олегович Марков; Russian: Игорь Олегович Марков; born on 18 January 1973 in Odessa) is an Ukrainian entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the Rodina Party and is a former deputy of Ukrainian parliament as a member of the Party of Regions faction. Markov is wanted in Ukraine in connection with riots in Odessa that took place on 2 September 2007. He was arrested in Italy's Sanremo in August 2015. In February 2016 Italy refused Markov's extradition to Ukraine.
Markov was born in Odessa and graduated there from the Odessa Institute of Marine Engineering (degree in economics and business) and the Odessa State Economic University, majoring in banking. From 1991 he has a business career in oil, media and design of housing companies (some of them founded by him).
Markov began political activity in the Labour Ukraine for which he was a member of the Odessa City Council. In 2006 elections, he was elected to the Odessa City Council on the lists of the People's Opposition Bloc of Natalia Vitrenko. But then formed his own parliamentary group for the by him created Rodina Party.
During the 28 October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election Markov (officially registered as an independent candidate) won single-member constituency No. 133 (Kyivsky Raion in Odessa), collecting 26.6% of the vote. Markov was over 6% ahead of his main rival, Party of Regions candidate Honcharenko. And thus Markov was elected into the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament). Police officers had documented the use of pens with disappearing ink in at least 40 polling stations in constituency No. 133 on 28 October 2012. Markov joined the Party of Regions faction in the Verkhovna Rada.
On 12 September 2013 the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine (under a lawsuit lodged by Yuriy Karmazin) ruled it impossible to reliably establish the results of the 28 October 2012 elections in constituency No. 133. The court overturned the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) decision of 23 November 2012 regarding Markov’s registration as a People's Deputy of Ukraine and ordered the CEC to take measures to organize, prepare for and hold repeat elections in constituency No. 133. Markov left the Party of Regions faction on 17 September 2013. In the Ukrainian press he accused his former faction of tapping phones, bullied its members into voting and paying $5,000 monthly[nb 1] to its members for voting how they are told. Markov "felt" that the court ruling that stripped him off a seat in parliament was retaliation against his independent position in the Party of Regions and his refusal to be bullied into voting how he was told. Oleksandr Yefremov, Markov's former Party of Regions faction leader, refuted the accusations.
Markov was detained in Odessa on 22 October 2013 after as a suspect of orchestrating the assault and of attacking protesters himself during the 2 September 2007 riots. On 25 February 2014 an Odessa Court freed Markov from custody.
On 24 December 2014 the Ukrainian Interior Ministry again placed Markov on its wanted list in connection with the 2 September 2007 riots. It claimed Markov had disappeared on 4 November 2014. Markov then became a frequently guest on Russian television, where he criticized Ukrainian authorities.
On 3 August 2015 Markov joined the Moscow based "Ukraine Salvation Committee" led by former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov (who is also a former member of the Party of Regions). Markov was arrested in Italy's Sanremo on 12 August 2015. In February 2016 Italy refused Markov's extradition to Ukraine; claiming his arrest warrant was politically motivated.
- Morkov added that Party of Regions deputies who deliver speeches in parliament received an extra $5,000.
- (in Russian) Small biography, LIGA
- Ex-MP Markov placed on wanted list – Interior Ministry, Interfax-Ukraine (24 December 2014)
- Ex-Ukrainian MP Markov arrested in Italy, PGO to ask for extradition – Interior Ministry, Interfax-Ukraine (12 August 2015)
- (in Ukrainian) Ukrainian Interpol confirmed that Italy refused to extradite Markov, Ukrayinska Pravda (9 February 2016)
- the proud Ukrainophobe (in Russian)
- the Ukrainophobes in Odessa beat the Ukrainians, YouTube
- (in Russian) Single-mandate constituency number 133, RBC Ukraine
- Court strips MP Ihor Markov of his mandate, Interfax-Ukraine (12 September 2013)
- (in Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
- Markov quits Party of Regions faction in parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (17 September 2013)
- Markov describes Party of Regions faction as Titanic, Interfax-Ukraine (13 September 2013)
- Former deputy says pro-presidential party run by bullies, Kyiv Post (16 September 2013)
- (in Ukrainian) Alphabetical Index of candidates in 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Central Election Commission of Ukraine.
- Interpol detains pro-Russian ex-deputy Markov at a resort in Italy – media, UNIAN (12 August 2015)
- ""Party of Regions" has excluded Yanukovich, Arbuzov, Klimenko and proceeded to the form of collective management". 9 April 2014. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
- Personal website (in Russian)