Mykola Zlochevsky

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Mykola Zlochevsky
Микола Злочевський
12th Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources
In office
July 2, 2010 – April 20, 2012
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byViktor Boiko
Succeeded byEduard Stavytsky
deputy secretary for Economic and Social Security on the National Security and Defense Council
In office
April 20, 2012 – February 26, 2014
PresidentViktor Yanukovych
SecretaryAndriy Klyuev
Personal details
Микола Владиславович Злочевський

(1966-06-14) June 14, 1966 (age 53)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
EducationInternational University of Business and Law in Kherson [uk] – Accounting and Auditing
Odessa Law Academy – Law Faculty
Known forBurisma Holdings
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Mykola Vladislavovich Zlochevsky (Ukrainian: Микола Владиславович Злочевський; born June 14, 1966 in Kiev) is a Ukrainian oligarch[1] businessman and politician who was Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources from July 2010 till April 2012 and was the deputy secretary for Economic and Social Security on the National Security and Defense Council from April 2012 until February 2014 when Euromaidan occurred.[2][3][4]



In 2002, he co-founded the largest independent oil and natural gas company Burisma Holdings with Ukrainian businessman Mykola Lisin [uk].[5][6] Through his sole ownership of Cyprus-registered Burisma Holdings, he owns the Ukrainian gas and oil producers Aldea, Pari, Esko-Pivnich, and the First Ukrainian Petroleum Company and the investment group Brociti Investments.[7][8][9][10][11][12][excessive citations]

Governmental posts[edit]

Zlochevsky served as Ecology and Natural Resources Minister during the most of the first cabinet of Mykola Azarov,[3] and during both the later part of Azarov's first government and all of Azarov's second government, he served as deputy secretary on National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.[2]


At the end of 2014, Zlochevsky fled Ukraine amid allegations of unlawful self enrichment and legalization of funds (Article 368-2, Criminal Code of Ukraine) during his tenure in public office.[13] At the end of 2016 the Central Criminal Court in London released $23 million that were blocked on accounts of Zlochevsky.[13][14] The Serious Fraud Office stated that the funds were released due to inadequate evidence.[13]

Zlochevsky returned to Ukraine in February 2018 after investigations into his Burisma Holdings had been completed in December 2017 with no charges filed against him.[10][15]

On April 18, 2018, recordings of conversations between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Zlochevsky were released which implicated him in graft.[4][16][17]

On June 15, 2018, after the Solomyansky District Court in Kyiv had annulled the ruling of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) to close a criminal proceeding against him in 2017, Zlochevsky was accused of having illegally issued, while he was Ecology Minister in 2010–2012, oil and gas licenses to the companies that belonged to him.[18]

As of 2019, Zlochevsky is reported to live in Monaco.[14]


  1. ^ James Risen, James. "Joe Biden, His Son and the Case Against a Ukrainian Oligarch". New York Times. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Search for gas and oil is key task of Ecology Ministry, says PM". Interfax-Ukraine. April 23, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Azarov orders new minister to develop environmental protection strategy". Interfax-Ukraine. May 3, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "VIP-клієнти Миколи Злочевського (розслідування)". Radio Svoboda (in Ukrainian). February 2, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Kupfer, Mark (April 13, 2018). "11 people control much of Ukraine's oil and gas sector". Kyiv Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Bullough, Oliver (April 12, 2017). "The money machine: how a high-profile corruption investigation fell apart". The Guardian. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Timtchenko, Ilya (January 8, 2015). "Prosecutors put Zlochevsky, multimillionaire ex-ecology minister, on wanted list". Kyiv Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Gorchinskaya, Katya; Andrushko, Serhiy (July 31, 2015). "Former Ukrainian Official On The Lam In Alligator Shoes?". VOA. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "11 politically exposed persons own a quarter of all permits for extraction of oil and gas in Ukraine –Report: Who Owns the Oil and Gas Fields of Ukraine?". Anticorruption Action Centre. April 13, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Burisma: all cases against group and group's president Zlochevsky in Ukraine closed". Interfax-Ukraine. December 1, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Zlochevsky's Brociti Investments formalizing control over two oil and gas companies". Interfax-Ukraine. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Burisma Holdings". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c Liliya Hryshko. Lifehack from Zlochevsky, how to return to Ukraine (Лайфхак від Злочевського – як повернутись в Україну). Deutsche Welle. 7 February 2017
  14. ^ a b Roman Olearchyk; Max Seddon (29 September 2019). "Ukraine gas company feels heat of US impeachment probe". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Media: Ex-Minister of Ecology from the Yanukovych administration returned to Ukraine". UA Wire. February 3, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ Sukhov, Oleg (April 20, 2018). "Onyshchenko releases alleged recording implicating Poroshenko, Zlochevsky in graft". Kyiv Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ukraine's presidential administration calls Onyshchenko recordings about Zlochevsky fake". Interfax-Ukraine. April 19, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  18. ^ Romanyshyn, Yuliana (June 16, 2018). "Court reinstates case against Mykola Zlochevsky". Kyiv Post. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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