Olena Fedorivna Bondarenko

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Olena Fedorivna Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Олена Федорівна Бондаренко) is a member of All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland", People's Deputy of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Chairman of the Subcommittee on gender issues at the Committee on human rights, national minorities and international relations (since July 2006), member of Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko fraction (from May 2006 till December 2012). In 2000 she was awarded with Order of Merit, III class.[1][2][3]


Bondarenko was born on February 13, 1955 in Taishet, Irkutsk region, Russia in a concentration camp for political prisoners.[2] Her father was a surgeon Ferenc Varkoni (1920–1988), her mother Olga Bondarenko (b. 1926) was an engineer.[2] Bondarenko is married, her husband Dmitry Basiliya (b. 1948) is a physician, they have one daughter Olga (b. 1990).[4] She graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv twice:

  • 1994 - Faculty of Journalism
  • 2000 - Legal Faculty


  • August 1979 - June 1983 - Accountant, Luhansk Organization of the Union of Writers of Ukraine
  • February 1984 - August 1986 - Assistant, Luhansk organization of the "Znanie" (eng.- knowledge) society
  • September 1986- May 1993 - radio announcer, Luhansk clothing association "Style", correspondent of the newspaper "Patriot Rodiny" (eng.- patriot of the homeland)
  • December 1989- October 1991 - Deputy Chairman, Luhansk regional Rukh organization
  • October 1991 - June 1993 - Chairman, Lugansk regional Rukh organization
  • June 1993-April 1994 - Head of political analysis department, Rukh secretariat
  • April 1994 - 1997 - Deputy Chairman of the Rukh movement, Head of ideology, propaganda and agitation sector
  • January 1997 - May 1998 - editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Chas/Time"[1][2][3]

Verkhovna Rada[edit]

  • March 1998 - April 2002 - People's Deputy of Ukraine in the 3rd Verkhovna Rada, No. 13 on the list, elected from Rukh.

At the time of the election Bondarenko was Deputy Chairman of the Rukh movement, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Chas/Time". In Verkhovna Rada she was member of the Committee on Rules, deputy ethics and organizational management of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (since July 1998).[1]

Bondarenko was placed at number 105 on the electoral list of Batkivshchina during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[6] She was not re-elected into parliament.[7] She did not participate in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[8]


Bondarenko is fond of poetry and music. She's been the author of the collection of poems "Youth Age" (1980). Her works were printed in Bulgarian, Polish, Belarusian and Russian languages. She is fluent in the Polish language.[1]

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