Roman Bezsmertnyi

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Bezsmertnyi in 2011

Roman Petrovych Bezsmertnyi (Ukrainian: Роман Петрович Безсмертний; born 15 November 1965 in Makariv Raion of Kyiv Oblast, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian politician, member of Verkhovna Rada (parliament) for four convocations (terms) from 1994 to 2007, deputy head of Ukrainian president's secretariat[1] and former Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus.[2] Bezsmertnyi is also (in 2005) a former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, responsible for administrative and territorial reform.[3]

Political career[edit]

After graduating Kyiv University, Bezsmertnyi became a school history teacher in Makariv. Soon after Ukraine gained independence he switched to politics and made a successful career within the Ukrainian Republican Party, becoming its member of parliament in 1994. Later he left the party but continued his career as a member of parliament. From 2002 to 2006 he was a member of the parliamentary Committee for State Development and Local Self-Governance.

Bezsmertnyi was one of the leaders of the 2004 Orange Revolution. After Viktor Yuschenko's victory on the 2004 presidential elections, Bezsmertnyi became the main organizer of the People's Union "Our Ukraine" party. The "Our Ukraine"s formal chair is Yuschenko himself, so Bezsmertnyi, as the Head of party's Political Council, became its factual leader.

In 2005 Bezsmertnyi was Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, responsible for administrative and territorial reform, in the first Tymoshenko government.[3]

On 19 February 2008, Bezsmertny resigned from the "Our Ukraine" party.[4] In a joint statement (with people's deputies, Mykhaylo Polyanchych, Ihor Kryl, Viktor Topolov, Oksana Bilozir and Vasyl Petevka) Bezsmertny declared that: "some of the leaders of the party play their own game, coming from personal interests and it has nothing to do with responsibility, pluralism, and norms of democracy."[5]

In mid-April 2009, he rejoined the People's Union "Our Ukraine", stating: “To be acting head of the executive committee and not to be a member of the party is not right in relation to the people I am working with”.[6]

From February 24, 2010 till June 3, 2011 Bezsmertnyi was Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus.[2][7]

In July 2014, he became the party leader of Third Ukrainian Republic.[8]

Bezsmertnyi was Ukraine's representative to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine of the War in Donbass until May 2016.[9]

From March 2016 until January 2018 Bezsmertnyi was one of the party leaders of the Agrarian Party of Ukraine.[10][11][12]

Bezsmertnyi declared his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election on 31 May 2018.[13] In these election Hrytsenko did not proceed to the second round of the election; in the first round he gained 0.14% of the votes.[14]

In December 2018 Bezsmertnyi announced the creation of a new party late January 2019.[15]

President Volodymyr Zelensky has authorised Bezsmertnyi to represent Ukraine in the working political subgroup at the Trilateral Contact Group on a Donbas settlement.[16]


  1. ^ Yuschenko's secretariat believes Moscow's proposal on gas consortium are irrational, Interfax-Ukraine (16-02-2009)
  2. ^ a b Ex-Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - New Ambassador of Ukraine in Minsk Archived 2013-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, (23 August 2011)
  4. ^ "OU lost one more member". ForUm. 2008-02-27. Archived from the original on 2008-09-28.
  5. ^ UNIAN - Bessmertny, Kryl, Petyovka and others – six people left Our Ukraine
  6. ^ Bezsmertny joins Our Ukraine People's Union party, Interfax-Ukraine (15 April 2009)
  7. ^ Orange Revolution’s Commandant appointed Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus, Khartyia97 (2010-02-10)
  8. ^ (in Ukrainian) For Lutsenko registered party, Ukrayinska Pravda (1 July 2014)
    (in Ukrainian) Ministry of Justice registered political party "Third Ukrainian Republic." Archived 2014-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, TVi (channel) (1 July 2014)
  9. ^ Aivazovska to replace Bezsmertny as Kyiv's representative in political subgroup for Donbas talks, Interfax-Ukraine (28 April 2016)
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  13. ^ Bezsmertnyy says to run for president, (31 May 2018)
  14. ^ (in Ukrainian) Results of the presidential election in 2019. The first round, Ukrayinska Pravda (31 March 2019)
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  16. ^ Zelenskyy Authorizes Bezsmertnyi To Represent Ukraine In TCG Political Subgroup Instead Of Motsyk, Ukrainian News Agency (9 July 2019)

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