Kira Rudyk

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Kira Rudyk
Кіра Рудик
Rudyk in June 2022
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
29 August 2019
Leader of the Holos party
Assumed office
12 March 2020
Preceded bySvyatoslav Vakarchuk
Personal details
Born (1985-10-14) 14 October 1985 (age 37)
Uzhhorod, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Political partyHolos
EducationNational University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Kira Oleksandrivna Rudyk[1] (Ukrainian: Кіра Олександрівна Рудик; born 14 October 1985)[2] is a Ukrainian politician. She has been a member of the Verkhovna Rada since 2019, and is the leader of the political party Holos.[3][4][5]


Born on 14 October 1985 in Uzhhorod,[6] Rudyk emigrated with her family to America when she was ten and attended high school there.[7] She returned to Ukraine to go to university, and graduated from the Faculty of Informatics of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a degree in Information Control Systems and Technologies in 2008.[8] She worked in several IT companies in Ukraine and the United States, and went from being a tester to a top manager.[8]

In 2005 she became a software tester at Software MacKiev, later working at MiMedia (2010—2013) and TechTeamLabs (2013—2016).[8]

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meeting Kira Rudyk in May 2022

In 2016, she became the chief operating manager of Ring Ukraine,[8] a division of Ring purchased by Amazon in 2018.[4] She later served as Chief operating officer of the company.[9]

Rudyk participated in the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election, contesting the election placed third on the election list of Voice,[8] and was elected as a deputy. After Svyatoslav Vakarchuk stepped down as the leader of Voice on 12 March 2020, Rudyk was elected to replace him.[6][5]

At the 29 July 2021 Voice party congress, seven of the party MPs were expelled from the party.[10] Five of them had already written statements to leave the party.[10] These five were dissatisfied with Rudyk's leadership of the party.[10]

On the night of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Rudyk was in parliament as martial law was declared.[7] She joined the armed resistance, saying in March 2022 that she was living with thirty soldiers and training daily in the use of a rifle.[7] In May 2022 she travelled to Scotland to meet first minister Nicola Sturgeon.[11]


  1. ^ "Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine". Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  2. ^ "PEP: Dossier Rudyk Kira Oleksandrivna, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament), Member of Parliament of Ukraine". Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  3. ^ "Voice party elects Rudyk as new head, replacing Vakarchuk — Concorde Capital". Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  4. ^ a b "New wave of young Ukrainians shakes up parliamentary polls". France 24. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  5. ^ a b "Ukrainian Singer Vakarchuk Steps Down As Head of Holos Political Party". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  6. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Sviatoslav Vakarchuk is no longer the chairman of the Voice party, Pershyi Ukraine (12 March 2020)
  7. ^ a b c Post, Diane Francis, National (2022-03-14). "In Kyiv, political leader Kira Rudyk has her rifle ready: 'I'm on Putin's kill list'". National Post. Retrieved 2022-06-01.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e (in Russian) Short biography of Kira Rudyk, LIGA
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  10. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) "Voice" expelled 7 people's deputies from the party, Ukrayinska Pravda (29 July 2021)
  11. ^ "Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik 'extremely grateful' to Scots for solidarity". STV News. 2022-06-01. Retrieved 2022-06-01.

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