Pavlo Lebedyev

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Pavlo Lebedyev
Павло Валентинович Лебедєв
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Minister of Defense
In office
24 December 2012 – 27 February 2014
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byDmytro Salamatin
Succeeded byIhor Tenyukh
Personal details
Born (1962-07-12) 12 July 1962 (age 57)
Novomikhailovsky, Krasnodar Krai, RSFSR
Political partyRodina[1]
Other political
Party of Regions
Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc
Alma materYaroslavl Military-Finance College

Pavel Valentinovich Lebedev (Ukrainian: Pavlo Valentynovych Lebediev) (born on 12 July 1962, settlement Novomikhailovsky, Krasnodar Krai, the RSFSR, the USSR) – Ukrainian and Russian financier and businessman. Member of the Board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). Head of Coordination Council of the Crimean branches of RUIE. Minister of Defense of Ukraine (from 24 December 2012 to 27 February 2014).[2] People's Deputy of Ukraine of three convocations.


Lebedyev was born on 12 July 1962, in settlement Novomikhailovskiy, Tuapsinsky District, Krasnodar Krai). From 1979 to 1980, he worked as a mechanic in the motorpool of the Summer camp "Orlyonok". In 1984, he graduated from Yaroslavl Higher Military Financial Academy, with a degree "financier-economist".

From 1984 to 1993, he served in the Chernivtsi military garrison as the head of the financial service of the battalion, regiment; deputy head of the financial service of division – inspector-controller. From 1993 to 1999, he was the founder of the commercial company Legteh LLC, later became the chairman of the board of OJSC "Leather haberdashery factory Prestige-Inter" (Chernivtsi). From 1994 to 2000, he was the deputy of the Chernovtsi City Council, the chairman of the budget commission and privatization commission.

From 1999 to 2002 he was the financial director of the chemical state joint-stock company SJSC "Titan" (Armiansk). After privatization the enterprise was transformed into a private joint-stock company "Crimean Titan". From 2002 to 2005, he held the position of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, OJSC Kremenchug Steel Mill.

From 2005 to 2006, he was the president of the group of transport engineering "Inter Car Group" (Kiev), uniting 18 industrial enterprises. The group also included Crimean groups Parangon (construction) and Gala Motors (foreign modes trade), shopping malls in Chernivtsi, dentist's in Kiev, agrofirm Azalia in Simferopol, five-star hotel complex Akvamarin, water park Zurbagan, enterprises of catering in Sevastopol.

On 14 October 2015, Lebedev joined the collegial governing body of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). On 16 October 2015, he was elected as the head of the coordinating council of the Crimean branches of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Deputy Chairman of Sevastopol Regional Branch of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Political career[edit]

From 2006 to 2013 – People's Deputy of Ukraine of three convocations (V-VI-VII).

In Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) Lebedyev was a member of the transportation and communication committee.

On 24 December 2012, he was appointed the minister of defence by Decree No. 740/2012 of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich.

In a position of Minister of Defense, he initiated a full transition to the contractual principle of army formation. By August 2013 the manpower of the Ukrainian army with contract servicemen reached level of 58%.

On 28 January 2014 Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov and the entire composition of the Government of Ukraine were dismissed by Decree No. 52/2014 of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich. All ministers, including Pavel Lebediev, continued to fulfill their duties until the appointment of a new composition of the government.

He did not participate in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[3] Instead, following the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea he ran for a seat in the Sevastopol city council for the Russian politician party Rodina.[1]

14 March 2016, he was placed on the wanted list by the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.

Other facts[edit]

In 2011, he was entered the "Golden Hundred" rating, taking 91st place (with assets of $57 million as of 2011).

In a position of Minister of Defense of Ukraine, during the political crisis in Ukraine and protest actions at Euromaidan, after numerous pleas of politicians with an appeal to bring the army to protect the constitutional order, Lebedev refused to bring the troops, on 26 January stating that the Ukrainian army would not interfere in the confrontation between the acting power and opposition.

After the sharpening of confrontations, on 19 February Lebediev sent to Kiev 25th separate Dnepropetrovsk airborne brigade by his order in the framework of the anti-terrorist operation of SSU to strengthen the protection of military arsenals and prevent theft of weapons and ammunition.

On 21 February, there was a telephone conversation between the Minister of Defense of Ukraine and the United States Pavel Lebedev and Chuck Heigel, who warned Lebedev against the possible expansion of the participation of Ukrainian troops in the conflict.

He is the President of the Regional Public Organization for the Promotion of Social and Economic Development of Sevastopol "We are Sevastopolian". The organization is engaged in the implementation of systematic social programs aimed at supporting veterans and retired people, gifted youth, people in a difficult life situation.


Medal "For distinguished military service" of 1 class (USSR).

Honored Economist of Ukraine.

Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Crimea.


Wife: Lebedieva Liudmila Petrovna (born in 1965).

Children: Aliona (born in 1983), Yulia (born in 1993), Aleksandra (born in 1994), Valeriia (born in 1997), Anastasiia (born in 2002).


  1. ^ a b Lebedyev and Kolesnichenko are running for Sevastopol city council. LB. 27 June 2014
  2. ^ "General Vladimir Zamana approved Ukraine's defence minister". Itar-Tass Agency. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ Alphabetical Index of candidates in 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Central Election Commission of Ukraine

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