Oleksiy Kartunov

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Oleksiy Vasyliovych Kartunov
Oleksiy Vasyliovych Kartunov (born 1940)
Born (1940-04-30) April 30, 1940 (age 78)
Novo-Romanovka, Arzgir district, Stavropolskyi region, USSR
Residence Ukraine
Citizenship Ukraine
Alma mater Kiev University

Honorary Mention from the President of Ukraine (2000)
Certificate of Honor from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2002)
Badge “Outstanding worker of Education of Ukraine” (2000)
Medal “Petro Mohyla” (2007)

Title “Honoured Scientist of Ukraine” (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Political science, Ethnopolitics, Nationalism

Oleksiy Vasyliovych Kartunov (Ukrainian: Олексій Васильович Картунов, Russian: Алексей Васильевич Картунов) is a Doctor of Political Science, professor and a member of the Ukrainian Academy of Political Science.


Oleksiy Vasyliovych was born on March 30, 1940, in the Novo-Romanovka village of the Arzgirskyi district, Stavropol region. His father Vasyl Arkhipovych Kartunov was a communal farm shepherd, died in 1942, fighting against the German invaders. His mother Tetiana Ivanivna Sulymenko worked as a communal farm milkmaid.

His childhood was spent in a small multi-ethnic village on picturesque banks of the Terek River (near Mozdok, Northern Ossetia).

Oleksiy had to start his working path as a shepherd boy at the age of 12 because of family’s strained circumstances. When he was 15 he started working as a loader at a brick plant, while studying at evening school. Afterwards he took a position of a technician at “Stavropolnaftobud” (urban-type village Zaterechnyi of the Neftekumsk district, Stavropol region).

From 1959 till 1962 he served in the ranks of the Soviet army.

In 1967 he graduated from historical-philosophical faculty of Kiev University, as an “Historian-international relations expert and lecturer of social science with the right to teach in English”. The choice of his major was due to his childhood dream “to discover the world” and to represent the Homeland with dignity.

After graduating from the university he was selected for diplomatic work in the United Arab Republic. Due to the Arab-Israeli war, however, he was redirected to the Department of Science Relations with the foreign countries of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Till 1969 he worked on the issue of foreign scientists’ acceptance to academic organizations.

Since 1969 he studied at the graduate school and worked as a junior research scientist at the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he successfully defended his candidate dissertation.

In 1977 he was invited for teaching job in the Kiev Institute of Trade and Economics where he worked for 10 years as a senior lecturer and assistant professor. In 1987 he accepted a new position at the Institute of Further Training for social science lecturers of Kiev University.

During the period of 1991-1996 he was chairman of Ukraine’s History Department and the Donbas State Engineering Academy. Shortly after, he received an invitation to the University of Economics and Law “KROK” (Kiev) where he established and took lead of the Social Sciences Department. In 2003 he began an “International Information” major, established the International Information Department and has remained its head since.

His defense of his PhD dissertation “Western ethnonational and ethnopolitical concepts: theoretic-methodological analysis” was in V.M. Koretsky Institute of State and Law of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1996). He worked as a researcher and a lecturer in universities of Great Britain, Poland, Russia, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic and other countries.

Scientific Activities[edit]

He is the author and coauthor of nearly 550 scientific and educational-methodic publications (monographs, encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals, articles) over issues of politics, ethnopolitical sciences, information society, methodology of science, etc. In 1985, he published in English the book Enemies of peace and democracy.[1]

At the end of the 1980s, Oleksiy V. Kartunov participated in development of “the Transformation of Humanitarian Education in Ukraine" Program at the order of the Ministry of Higher and Specialized Secondary Education (MHSSE) of the Ukrainian SSR. He received an MHSSE of Ukrainian SSR honorary mention for developing and implementing a “Political Science” educational course into the curriculum of Ukrainian universities (1990).

He is considered one of the founders of political science in Ukraine and the coauthor of the first study guide on this subject (Political science. Course of lections. – K., 1991). He is also considered one of the founders of the new scientific direction and major “ethnopolitology," acknowledged by the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) of Ukraine, as well as the author of the first Ukrainian study guides and educational courses’ group on this subject (“Fundamentals of ethnopolitology. Notes of lectures of special course”. – K., 1992; “Introduction to ethnopolitology”. – K., 1999; “Western concepts of ethnicity, nation and nationalism” – K., 2007). In 1999 O.V. Kartunov was nominated as a laureate of the Ukrainian State Science and Technology Award.

Oleksiy V. Kartunov is a member of Scientific-expert board of social-economic development issues of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. He remains a member of specialized scientific councils on doctorate and candidate dissertations' defense, namely: the National Academy of Public Administration of the President of Ukraine, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, V.M. Koretsky Institute of State and Law of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University. He is a member of editorial board of the following magazines: “Scientific Bulletin of Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine”, “Political Management”, “NaUKMA Scientific Notes. Series: Political sciences”, etc.

O.V. Kartunov received an Honorary Mention from the President of Ukraine (2000) and a Certificate of Honor from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2002) for his significant personal contribution to the development and enhancement of the Ukrainian state and for his services to the people of Ukraine. He has been awarded the badge “Outstanding worker of Education of Ukraine” (2000) and the medal “Petro Mohyla” (2007) for long-term conscientious work and personal contribution to the development of national education and science in Ukraine, and for fruitful scientific-pedagogical activities. Most of all the pride of his collection is the “Favorite Lecturer" from the KROK University, which is selected every year by students’ poll.

In 2010, according to the Decree of President of Ukraine, O.V. Kartunov received the honorary title “Honoured Scientist of Ukraine” .[2]


  1. ^ Kartunov, O. V. Enemies of Peace and Democracy. Uzhgorod: Karpaty, 1985. OCLC 21510488
  2. ^ http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=726%2F2010 About the conferment of state awards of Ukraine on the occasion of the Constitution of Ukraine Day. President of Ukraine Decree number 726/2010 dated June 25, 2010.