Lyudmyla Denisova

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Lyudmyla Denisova
Людмила Денісова
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Lyudmyla Denisova at Euromaidan, March 2014
3rd Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine
In office
February 27, 2014 – December 2, 2014[1]
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Preceded by Natalia Korolevska
Succeeded by Pavlo Rozenko[1]
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
27 November 2014[2]
People's Deputy of Ukraine
In office
15 December 2012[3] – 27 February 2014
7th Minister of Labor and Social
Policy of Ukraine
In office
December 18, 2007 – March 11, 2010
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Preceded by Mykhailo Papiev
Succeeded by Vasyl Nadraha
Personal details
Born (1960-07-06) July 6, 1960 (age 57)
Arkhangelsk, Russian SFSR
Political party People's Front
Other political
All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (2005-September 2014)
Spouse(s) Oleksandr Ivanovich Denisov[4][5]
Children Two daughters, Olena (born in 1985) and Oleksandra (born in 1987)[5]
Residence Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation Politician, teacher, lawyer and economist

Lyudmyla Leontiivna Denisova[6] (Ukrainian: Людмила Леонтіївна Денісова; Russian: Людмила Леонтьевна Денисовна) (born July 6, 1960 in Arkhangelsk, Russian SFSR) is a Ukrainian politician and the country's current Minister of Labor and Social Policy[7]


Raised by her mother Nina Ivanovna Ankudinova (born 1934) in Arkhangelsk Denisova graduated from the Arkhangelsk Pedagogical School (1978), the Leningrad State University (1989) and the Tavria Institute of Enterprise and Law (1995).[6]

Professional career[edit]

Denisova was a teacher at a preschool in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk (school №78, 1979–80).[6] For the next nine years Denisova held different posts in the Arkhangelsk provincial law court.[6] In 1989, she moved to Ukraine and became the legal adviser of the Crimean Provincial Committee of Ukraine (1990–91).[6] From 1991 she worked in the Republic of Crimea's Administration of the pension fund until 1998.[6]

Political career[edit]

In 1998 Denisova became the Minister of Economy and Finances in the Crimean government.[8] In Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea, she served as Minister of Economy, Minister of Finance and head of the Treasury Department. Denisova was named Politician of the Year in 2001. In 2000 Denisova was detained for 24 hours and charged with power abuse.[9] Denisova has stated she was persecuted for refusing to sign a budget document.[9] This criminal case was soon closed.[9]

Denisova is a member of Batkivshchina (Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc) since 2005.[8] During the 2006 and 2007 parliamentary elections, she was elected as a deputy to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament).


On December 18, 2007, Yulia Tymoshenko, with a margin of two votes, was elected Prime Minister.[10] and the second Tymoshenko Government was formed between the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc in which Denisova was elected Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

In October 2009 Denisova was ranked 15th in a top 100 of "most influential women in Ukraine" compiled by experts for the Ukrainian magazine Focus (six places lower than non-minister and fellow Batkivshchina member Natalia Korolevska).[11]

2010 Crimean parliamentary election[edit]

Denisova headed the electoral list of Batkivshchina during the 2010 Crimean parliamentary election.[12] Batkivshchina did not win seats in the Supreme Council of Crimea.[13]

2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election[edit]

Denisova was placed at number 38 on the electoral list of Batkivshchina during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[14] She was re-elected into parliament.[15]

2nd minister post[edit]

On 27 February 2014 Denisova became Minister of Labor and Social Policy in the Yatsenyuk Government.[7]

In September 2014 Denisova became a founding member of her new party People's Front.[16]

2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election[edit]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Denisova was re-elected into parliament placed 15th on the electoral list of People's Front.[17][18][19]


  1. ^ a b Rada supports coalition-proposed government lineup, Interfax-Ukraine (2 December 2014)
    Rada approves new Cabinet with three foreigners, Kyiv Post (2 December 2014)
    (in Ukrainian) Rada voted the new Cabinet, Ukrayinska Pravda (2 December 2014)
  2. ^ "CEC registers 357 newly elected deputies of 422". National Radio Company of Ukraine. 25 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. 
    "Parliament to form leadership and coalition on November 27". UNIAN. 26 November 2014. 
  3. ^ You Scratch My Back, and I’ll Scratch Yours, The Ukrainian Week (26 September 2012)
  4. ^ Царские хоромы и убогие квартирки украинских министров - 2. ФОТО (in Ukrainian)
  5. ^ a b Biography, Довідники про сучасну Україну (in Ukrainian)
  6. ^ a b c d e f (in Russian) Short bio, LIGA
  7. ^ a b Maidan nominates Yatseniuk for prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine (26 February 2014)
    Ukrainian parliament endorses new cabinet, Interfax-Ukraine (27 February 2014)
  8. ^ a b Новый состав Кабмина принят единогласно, Russian)
  9. ^ a b c Is She Next?, Kyiv Post (September 3, 2010)
  10. ^ "Youtube". Youtube: Yulia Tymoshenko elected Prime-Minister (in Ukrainian). December 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  11. ^ (in Russian) Рейтинг Фокуса: 100 самых влиятельных женщин и 100 деталей о них, Focus
  12. ^ Liudmyla Denisova heads electoral list of Crimean branch of Batkivschyna Party, Kyiv Post (September 30, 2010)
  13. ^ (in Ukrainian) Results of the elections, preliminary data, on interactive maps by Ukrayinska Pravda (November 8, 2010)
  14. ^ They Call Themselves the Opposition, The Ukrainian Week (31 August 2012)
  15. ^ (in Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
  16. ^ Yatseniuk elected head of political council of People's Front Party, Demotix (9 September 2014)
  17. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 2014-11-12 at the Wayback Machine., Ukrinform (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC Archived 2014-11-12 at the Wayback Machine., Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) Full electoral list of "Fatherland" Archived 2014-09-15 at the Wayback Machine., TVi (15 September 2014)
  19. ^ (in Ukrainian) Electoral list of People's Front, Ukrayinska Pravda (20 September 2014)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Natalia Korolevska
Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Pavlo Rozenko
Preceded by
Mykhailo Papiev
Minister of Labor and Social Policy of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Vasyl Nadraha