Ravil Safiullin was born in a Tatar family. Prior to his ministerial position, Safiullin was the president of Professional Football League of Ukraine in 2000-2008. He is still the Honorary President of PFL Ukraine.
At 23 he finished the medical institute in Donetsk as a doctor-hygienist, epidemiologist. From 1977 to 1993 he worked at medical service. From 1994 to 2000 he worked the vice-president of FC Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2000, he was elected as the president of Professional Football League of Ukraine. Safiullin was people's deputy of IV, V and VI convocations of Verkhovna Rada.
On 28 February 2013 President Yanukovych reorganized the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports and the State Service for Youth and Sports, creating a Ministry of Education and the (new) Ministry of Youth and Sports; Safiullin was awarded the ministership of this new institution.
- (in Russian) Short bio of Ravil Safiullin, Информационно-аналитический центр "ЛІГА"
- (in Ukrainian) Сафіуллін Равіль Сафович Archived 2008-03-27 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrainian parliament
- VR approved structure of Cabinet of Ministers (update), UNIAN (March 11, 2010)
- (in Ukrainian) Alphabetical Index of candidates in 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Central Election Commission of Ukraine.
| Presidents of PFL
| Minister of Family, Youth, and Sports
March 11 – December 9, 2010
Post merged with
Ministry of Education
| Minister of Youth and Sports
February 28, 2013 –February 27, 2014
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