Ivan Kulichenko

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Ivan Kulichenko

Ivan Ivanovych Kulichenko (Ukrainian: Іван Іванович Куліченко; born on 7 July 1955, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR) is an Ukrainian politician an since the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election People's Deputy of Ukraine; prior to this he was Mayor of Dnipropetrovsk for 15 years.[1][2]


In 1977 Kulichenko graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Institute of Civil Engineering.[2] In 1979, after his conscription in the Armed Forces of the USSR, he became a civil servant in the urban planning department of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.[2] In 1986 Kulichenko was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Dnipropetrovsk City Council.[2] Four years later he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dnipropetrovsk.[2] Kulichenko became the First Deputy Mayor of Dnipropetrovsk (city) in 1994.[2] In 1999 Kulichenko became acting Mayor of Dnipropetrovsk.[2] Since then he was (re-)elected Mayor four times, in 2000, in 2002, in 2006 and in 2010.[2] In 2010 he was re-elected with 40,1% as a candidate of Party of Regions.[3] His nearest opponent, Svyatoslav Oliynyk of Ukraine of the Future, received 16.1%.[3] On 22 February 2014 Kulichenko left Party of Regions "for peace in the city".[4] Earlier that day locals, while picketing the city council, had demanded his departure of Party of Regions.[4] 22 February 2014 was also the day that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Region's lead Second Azarov Government were ousted out of office, after the months long Euromaidan-demonstrations had accumulated into the 2014 Euromaidan regional state administration occupations and deadly violence in Kiev.[5]

In the 2014 parliamentary election Kulichenko won a constituency seat in Dnipropetrovsk as a candidate of Petro Poroshenko Bloc with 33.5% of the votes.[6] He resigned as mayor on 21 November 2014.[1]


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