Oleg Riabokon

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Oleg Riabokon
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Personal details
Born (1973-12-17) 17 December 1973 (age 43)
Vinnytsia, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine)
Political party Independent
Occupation Lawyer
Website www.riabokon.com.ua

Oleg Riabokon (Ukrainian: Олег Рябоконь) is a Ukrainian lawyer. He was a managing partner of the law firm Magisters[1] - Kiev, Ukraine. Riabokon was a self-nominated candidate in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election, during the election he received 0,03% of the votes.[2]


Riabokon graduated in 1995 from the International Law Department of the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and obtained his LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University (United States) in 1996.[3]

Riabokon founded the Magisters law firm, specializing in international law and trade, in 1997 and was an adviser to various Ukrainian ministries in the 1994-2003 period.[3] The firm is recognized by The International Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers (1998–2006) as one of the world's leading lawyers in international trade and customs and recommended by the IFLR 1000 2008, Chambers Global 2008, Chambers Europe 2007, and other legal guides.[4] The firm represented then-presidential candidate Victor Yushchenko in 2004. Their successful razzle-dazzle techniques set the stage for the cancellation of the fraudulent 2004 election and a repeat, won by Yushchenko.[5]

Riabokon was awarded "Lawyer of the Year in Ukraine" in October, 2007.[4]

2010 Ukrainian presidential candidate[edit]

Riabokon quit his law firm in September 2009 to launch his political career.[3] Riabokon was a candidate for President of Ukraine in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential elections.[6][7] During the campaign Riabokon said many of his rival candidates have either worked for or are currently part of the corrupt and impotent political establishment, which he likens to an “evil” swamp. “But if I break up a clear stream of clean water, all of a sudden people will reorient themselves and will come to the clean source of water”. Riabokon referred to himself as the “technical candidate of civil society,” and claimed that while he was a newcomer to politics, he had the necessary experience to change Ukraine. He wanted to become president because otherwise he didn’t saw “any future for the country.” His election program espoused the universally-accepted cornerstones of democracy: ensuring a vibrant civil society, an accountable and transparent government and the rule of law. He wants to see direct representation in government much like how Switzerland functions.[8] During the election Riabokon received 0,03% of the votes, the lowest percentage of all candidates.[2]



  1. ^ Steel industry threatened by dumping sanctions, Kyiv Post (November 13, 1998)
  2. ^ a b (Ukrainian) ЦВК оприлюднила офіційні результати 1-го туру виборів, Gazeta.ua (January 25, 2010)
  3. ^ a b c Political Pulse: Presidential field takes shape, Kyiv Post (November 11, 2009)
  4. ^ a b Riabokon profile at LegalStudies.RU
  5. ^ "MAGISTERS LAW FIRM EXPANDING DESPITE SLOWDOWN". Jonathan Holmberg, Editor, Kyiv Post. November 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ "First aspirant for Ukrainian presidency applies for registration". Itar-Tass. October 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Who is Oleh Riabokon: The biography of a Presidential Candidate". Who is who in Ukraine by Tetyana Vysotska. October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  8. ^ Three candidates united by disgust with authorities, Kyiv Post (November 19, 2009)

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