Sasha Borovik

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Sasha Borovik
Саша Боровик
Personal details
Born (1968-04-07) 7 April 1968 (age 50)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Alexander "Sasha" Borovik (Ukrainian: Олександр Боровик (Саша Боровик)) is an American (New York State) and European lawyer and a technology entrepreneur. From 2015 to 2016, as a technocrat invited to the country after the revolution 2014, he initially served as the First Deputy Minister of Economy, and later became a deputy governor and an adviser to the governor of Odessa Oblast, Mikheil Saakashvili.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Lviv on 7 April 1968,[1] Borovik initially studied at Lviv University's Faculty of Foreign Languages. In spring 1990 he decided to move to Prague, Czechoslovakia.[2] After studying at Prague University,[3] he went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.[4]

Borovik is a German citizen.[5] He was granted Ukrainian citizenship in early March 2015 by president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.[6] He was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship on 4 May 2017 in a politically motivated decision of president Poroshenko, of whom Borovik grew very critical. [7]


Borovik joined a law firm which worked with the Czech government on preparations to join the European Union.[3] He later worked as the head lawyer for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector organization in Seattle.[8][4] In March 2014, he moved to London and became Akamai Technologies' EMEA general counsel.[4]

Following the revolution 2014 in Ukraine, Borovik was invited to work as the First Deputy Minister of Economy, but following the conflict with the prime minister Yatsenyuk, whom Borovik accused of lack of strategy, corruption and mismanagement of western funds, Borovik left the central government.[9] In June 2015, the governor of Odessa Oblast, Mikheil Saakashvili, appointed him his deputy.[10][11]. In Odessa, Borovik challenged mafia’s strong grip on economic and political powers. He also presented the Odessa Reform Package, a libertarian formula designed to release Ukrainian business from red tape. After not receiving support from the central government, Borovik resigned from the post of Odessa Regional Administration deputy head on 4 May 2016.[5]

In the October 2015 Odessa mayoral election Borovik was the Saakashvili’s Team candidate for the mayor of Odessa.[12] Incumbent mayor, with alleged ties to international mafia, Gennadiy Trukhanov defeated him with 52.9% against 25.7% in the first round of the mayoral election that were considered rigged. The elections revealed President Poroshenko’s silent support of the mafia in Odessa [12] Throughout his time in Ukraine, Borovik held himself as a pro-western technocrat critical of the previous and current Ukrainian establishment and mafia.


  1. ^ (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short bio, LIGA
  2. ^ Doshchatov, Yuriy (18 February 2015). "Во власть войдет беглец из СССР". (in Russian). 
  3. ^ a b Borovik, Sasha (12 May 2015). "Long Journey Back Home". 
  4. ^ a b c Borovik, Sasha (15 January 2015). "Ukraine Should Consider Default". 
  5. ^ a b "Sasha Borovik resigns as Odesa Regional Administration deputy head and left Ukraine". Interfax-Ukraine. 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Vice Governor of Odesa Borovik quits civil service". UNIAN. 4 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Poroshenko deprived citizenship not only of Artemenko, but also Sasha Borovik. Ukrayinska Pravda. 4 May 2017
  8. ^ Bonner, Brian (21 May 2015). "After firing, Borovik flags sluggish pace of reforms". Kyiv Post. 
  9. ^ Zawada, Zenon (22 May 2015). "IT lawyer leaves Cabinet, citing lack of strategy". 
  10. ^ "Саакашвили возьмет помощником Сашу Боровика" [Saakashvili to enlist Borovik]. (in Russian). 9 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Ragozin, Leonid (23 July 2015). "Georgia's ex-president wants to end a culture of corruption". 
  12. ^ a b