Mayor of Kiev

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Not to be confused with Head of Kyiv City Administration.
Mayor of Kyiv City
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Vitali Klitschko[1]

since 5 June 2014[1]
Appointer Popular vote
Term length 4 years[2]
Inaugural holder Hryhoriy Malyshevskyi

Mayor of Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київський міський голова) is the elected head of the Kyiv City Municipality (the capital of Ukraine) and chairperson the Kyiv City Council. The mayor is elected for the term of four years.[2] Current mayor Vitali Klitschko was sworn in on 5 June 2014.[1] Klitschko had won the 25 May 2014 Kiev mayoral elections with almost 57% of the votes.[3][4]

Elections of the mayor of Kyiv[edit]

According to the Kiev City Electoral Commission, Chernovetsky won in 2006 31.83% of the popular vote, Vitali Klitschko placed second with 23.7%, and incumbent Oleksandr Omelchenko placed third with 21.2%.[5]

As of December 2006, the rating of Chernovetsky decreased to 8%.[citation needed] That is mostly due to his betrayal of those who elected him, most notably through his increasing of the price of household services (such as hot and cold running water and gas) by 340%.

Leonid Chernovetskyi won another term as Mayor of Kiev with 38% of the vote in the May 25, 2008 snap local election, called on by the Verkhovna Rada in March.[6] Since the resignation of Chernovetsky[7][8][9][10] in July 2012, the Kiev City Council Secretary and Deputy Mayor Halyna Hereha was the acting Mayor of Kiev.[11][12][13][14]

In the 2014 Kiev local election Vitali Klitschko won the election for mayor of Kyiv with almost 57% of the votes.[3] Klitschko was sworn in as mayor on 5 June 2014.[1][15]

The last Kiev local election (including Mayoral elections) took place on 25 October 2015.[16] A second round of Mayoral elections will be held on 15 November 2015 between Klitschko and Boryslav Bereza after incumbent Mayor Klitschko scored 40.5% of the vote and Bereza 8.8% in the first round.[17][18]

Decrees in power from October 2010 till June 2014[edit]

An October 2010 Presidential decree relieved (then) mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetsky of the office of Head of Kiev City Administration, while still preserving the post of mayor.[19] This led to Chernovetsky being deprived of any official decision-making role and most power in the capital was handed over to the Head of Kiev City Administration.[10][20][21] At that time that was Oleksandr Popov who was appointed by President Viktor Yanukovych on 16 November 2010.[10][20][21] Before these amendments, the elected mayor of the Kyiv City Council was automatically appointed also as head of the Kiev City City Administration.[19][22]

Chernovetsky was not seen in Kyiv for several months after Popov's appointment.[10][23] But returned to the public eye early 2011.[8][19] Among the city residents of Kiev, Chernovetskyi had become extremely unpopular.[24]

Chernovetsky tendered his resignation on 1 June 2012.[25] The City Council decided on 12 July 2012 that Halyna Hereha would temporarily act as the mayor of the capital city.[25] A petition to the Ukrainian Parliament on holding an early mayoral election in the city was sent (the date of the early mayoral election is set by this parliament).[25] But as of January 2013 the Ukrainian Parliament has set no date for these elections.[26]

But since 25 June 2014 the post of mayor of Kyiv and Head of Kiev City Administration are held by the same person again.[27] This person is Vitali Klitschko who was sworn in as mayor on 5 June 2014[1] and who was appointed Head of Kiev City Administration by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on 25 June 2014.[27]

List of Mayors of Kyiv[edit]

  • 2014 to present- Vitali Klitschko[1]
  • 2012 to 5 June 2014[1] - No mayor, Halyna Gerega[28] served as acting mayor until 2014
  • 2006 - 2012 Leonid Chernovetskyi
  • 1996 - 2006 Oleksandr Omelchenko
  • 1994 - 1996 Leonid Kosakivskyi[29]
  • 1992 - 1994 Vasyl Nesternko
  • 1991 - 1992 Oleksandr Mosyuk (acting)
  • 1990 - 1991 Hryhoriy Malyshevsky
  • 1990 - 1990 Arnold Nazarchuk

Previous leaders of Kiev[edit]

Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Ukraine)
  • 1991 - 1992 Oleksandr Mosiyuk
  • 1991 Hryhoriy Malyshevskyi
Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Soviet Union)
  • 1979 - 1990 Valentyn Zhyrskyi
  • 1968 - 1979 Volodymyr Husyev
  • 1963 - 1968 Mykhailo Burka
  • 1947 - 1963 Oleksiy Davydov
  • 1946 - 1947 Fedir Chebotariov
  • 1944 - 1946 Fedir Mokiyenko
Bürgermeister (Nazi-occupied Ukraine)
  • 02/1942 - 11/1943 Leontiy Forostivskyi
  • 10/1941 - 02/1942 Volodymyr Bahaziy
  • 9/1941 - 10/1941 Oleksandr Ohloblyn
Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Soviet Union)
City's Governor (Ukrainian People's Republic)
  • 1919 - Ipolit Dyakov
  • 1917 - 1918 Yevhen Riabtsov
City's Governor (Russian Empire)
  • 1916 - 1917 Fedir Burchak
  • 1906 - 1916 Ipolit Dyakov
  • .....

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Vitali Klitschko sworn in as Kyiv mayor, Interfax-Ukraine (5 June 2014)
  2. ^ a b Mahera: Elections in Kyiv may be held in May-June, forUm (13 February 2013)
    Yefremov: Kyiv mayoral election may be held before parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (27 February 2012)
  3. ^ a b Klitschko officially announced as winner of Kyiv mayor election, Interfax-Ukraine (4 June 2014)
  4. ^ Ukraine boxing hero Klitschko claims Kiev mayor seat, Straitstimes (26 May 2014)
  5. ^ "Today Chernovetsky may become the Mayor of Kiev". Korrespondent (in Ukrainian). April 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ Liang, Yan (May 29, 2008). "Ukraine's Kiev mayor wins re-election". (Xinhua). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  7. ^ Chernovetsky says he will no longer run for Kyiv mayor, Kyiv Post (16 February 2012)
  8. ^ a b Danilova, Maria (February 8, 2011). "Missing Kiev mayor back to work - maybe".  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "MARIA_DANILOVA" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ Events by themes: Chernovetsky opened sitting of Kiev city council, UNIAN (February 24, 2011)
  10. ^ a b c d #14 Richest: Leonid Chernovetsky, 59, Kyiv Post (December 17, 2010)
  11. ^ Рішення Київської міської ради від 12.07.2012 № 649/7986 Про дострокове припинення повноважень Київського міського голови Черновецького Л.М. (in Ukrainian). Kiev City Council. 12.07.2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Kyiv City Council accepts Mayor Chernovetsky's resignation
  13. ^ Kyiv’s hot races: City mayor vs. Svoboda activist, Kyiv Post (30 October 2012)
    Svoboda activist snatches victory in a tight race with Kyiv mayor, Kyiv Post (31 October 2012)
  14. ^ Decision on appointment of Mayor of Kyiv
  15. ^ Parliament sets elections for Kyiv mayor and Kyiv City Council deputies for May 25, Interfax-Ukraine (25 February 2014)
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  19. ^ a b c Political Risks and Political Stability in Ukraine, UCIPR (October 2010)
  20. ^ a b Popov: Activity of city council and city head limited, Kyiv Post (February 1, 2011)
  21. ^ a b Party of Regions leader: 'Pre-term mayoral elections in Kyiv are pointless', Kyiv Post (November 18, 2011)
  22. ^ Political Risks and Political Stability in Ukraine, UCIPR (October 2010)
  23. ^ Azarov asks “to find Chernovetskyi by all means”, UNIAN (January 28, 2011)
  24. ^ Poll: 80 percent of Kyivans want mayor to resign, Kyiv Post (26 March 2009)
  25. ^ a b c Hereha sends petition to parliament on holding of early mayoral election in Kyiv, Kyiv Post (19 July 2012)
  26. ^ Lytvyn: Date for mayoral election in Kyiv to be determined after parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (29 August 2012)
    Speaker: Elections in Kyiv may be held in spring of 2013, Kyiv Post (24 November 2012)
    Klitschko party proposes holding mayoral election in Kyiv on June 3, Kyiv Post (13 December 2012)
  27. ^ a b Poroshenko appoints Klitschko head of Kyiv city administration - decree, Interfax-Ukraine (25 June 2014)
    Poroshenko orders Klitschko to bring title of best European capital back to Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine (25 June 2014)
  28. ^ Ґереґа
  29. ^ Leonid G. Kosakivskyi — the former mayor of Kyiv, who was on July 10, 1994 for the first time in the history of the city elected as the result of the free democratic elections with the direct voting of all citizens of Kyiv; the People's Deputy of Ukraine (MP) of III convocation