Serhiy Lyovochkin

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Serhiy Lovochkin
Сергій Льовочкін
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Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine
In office
25 February 2010 – 17 January 2014
PresidentViktor Yanukovych
Preceded byVira Ulianchenko
Succeeded byAndriy Klyuyev
Personal details
Born (1972-07-17) 17 July 1972 (age 47)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party
Spouse(s)Zinaida Likhacheva
Childrendaughter Elena
sons Alex and Vladimir
Alma mater1. Kyiv National Economic University
2. Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade
Professioneconomist, jurist

Serhiy Lovochkin is a Ukrainian politician, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine. Over 20 years, he has held various leading posts in civil service as well as top corporate positions.[1] Currently Lovochkin is Member of the Parliament of Ukraine.

Early life[edit]

In 1989 he graduated from the prestigious Kiev school and entered the Kiev Institute of National Economy (since 1992 Kyiv National Economic University), where he studied until 1993 and received a degree in economics, specialty "Accounting, control and analysis of economic activity." Then there until 1997, a graduate student, Department of Finance; PhD thesis "of US government debt." Candidate of Sciences (1997). In 1999-2002 he studied at the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade, from which he graduated with a Master's degree in the specialty "International law".

In 2004 he defended his doctoral thesis on "The economic growth in the context of the Macro-financial stabilization in Ukraine." Author of more than 30 scientific papers, including 2 monographs. Associate Professor of the Department of Finance in the alma mater.


He began his career immediately after finishing graduate school in 1996, deputy chairman of the privat bank.

In 1996-1999, the executive director of the Foundation to promote socio-economic development of the Donetsk region.

Since 1999, he entered the civil service. In the 1998 elections, he ran for the deputies of Ukraine in the electoral district in Donetsk region, lost, taking 2nd place.

Mr. Lovochkin has worked in administration of President Leonid Kuchma (1999-2004) where he leaded Group of advisors and economy reforming staff.

In the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary election he had failed to do so for Lytvyn Bloc (Lytvyn Bloc had won no seats).[2]

In the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary election Lovochkin was elected into the Ukrainian parliament for Party of Regions.[2][a]

During his tenure as Head of Administration for President Victor Yanukovich (2010–2013),[4] Mr. Lovochkin had implemented significant government initiatives, including Program for economy reforms, Chernobyl new sarcophagus Program, Program of non-proliferation of nuclear materials.[5]

From 2011 to 2013 with liaison to Lyovochkin, Alan Friedman, Eckart Sager, who was a one time CNN producer, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's senior aide Konstantin Kilimnik devised a strategy to discredit Yulia Tymoshenko along with Hillary Clinton.[6] This effort supported the pro-Russia administration of then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions, especially during the parliamentary elections during the fall of 2012.[6]

On November 30, 2013, Mr. Lovochkin submitted a resignation letter as a gesture of disagreement with the violent actions against Maidan activists.[7][8]

On February 1, 2013, Lovochkin and his business associate Dmytro Vasylovych Firtash,[9] a Ukrainian natural gas magnate,[b] purchased Ukraine's Inter Media Group which owns the Ukrainian News and Inter television network, one of the most watched television channels in Ukraine.[9]

In 2014 after the revolutionary events of Euromaidan and to replace of the Progressive Democratic Party, he created a new party, the Party of Development of Ukraine[10] which has the same abbreviation in the Ukrainian language as the Party of Regions.

In September 2014, Paul Manafort traveled to Ukraine and supported the creation of a new Ukrainian political party Opposition Bloc.[3]

On 15 September 15, 2014, following Manafort's advice, Lyovochkin's Party of Development of Ukraine united with 5 other parties to form the Opposition Bloc.[11][12]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election on October 26, Lovochkin was re-elected into parliament placed 12th on the electoral list of Opposition Bloc.[13][14][15]

Lovochkin stated in October 2014 that Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014 because Russian President Vladimir "Putin was betrayed by our irresponsible leaders too many times, until he stopped taking Ukraine seriously".[16]

On 17 November 2018 Lovochkin's Party of Development of Ukraine and the party For life signed an agreement for cooperation in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election and the parliamentary election of the same year called Opposition Platform — For life.[17][18] Lyovochkin was excluded from the Opposition Bloc faction (the reason given was) "because they betrayed their voters" interests on 20 November 2018.[19]

Lovochkin was re-elected, placed 5th on the party list of Opposition Platform — For Life this time, in the 2019 parliamentary election.[20] His sister Yulia Lovochkin was also elected for the same party (22th on the party list).[21]

Academic work[edit]

Lyovochkin is the founder of the New Ukraine Institute of Strategic Research. At this time, the Institute is focusing on such areas as reforms in Ukraine, environmental and humanitarian issues, Minsk peace reestablishment process.[22][23]

Mr. Lovochkin has a Doctor degree in Economics (2004) and has authored 35 publications on economic issues.

He defended his thesis on the topics “National Debt of the United States of America" (1997) and “Macro-financial Stabilization in the Context of Economic Growth in Ukraine" (2004).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Through Rinat Akhmetov and following the Orange Revolution, Paul Manafort began advising pro-Russia Victor Yanukovych in Yanukovych's quest to defeat his pro-Western rival Viktor A. Yushchenko.[3]
  2. ^ As a middleman for the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, Fyrtash funneled money into the campaigns of pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.[3]


  1. ^ "One Ukraine | Commentary". Roll Call. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ a b (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short bio, LIGA
  3. ^ a b c Myers, Steven Lee; Kramer, Andrew (July 31, 2016). "How Paul Manafort Wielded Power in Ukraine Before Advising Donald Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Long-Time Yanukovych Loyalist Named Presidential Chief of Staff. RIA Novosti. 24 January 2014
  5. ^ "Caretakers". The Economist. 2010-03-12. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  6. ^ a b Harding, Luke (April 5, 2018). "Former Trump aide approved 'black ops' to help Ukraine president: Paul Manafort authorised secret media operation that sought to discredit key opponent of then Ukrainian president". The Guardian. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Serhiy Lyovochkin: 'Conflicts of interest are everywhere', Kyiv Post (July 9, 2010)
    Lyovochkin resigns over draconian anti-democratic laws; others expected to quit soon, Kyiv Post (Jan. 17, 2014)
  8. ^ "This Is the Change Ukraine Really Needs". Time. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  9. ^ a b Herszenhorn, David M. (March 13, 2016). "At Request of U.S., Austria Arrests Ukrainian Businessman". New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  10. ^ (in Ukrainian) The Party of Lyovochkin considers Ukrainian soldiers "punitive" and does not notice the annexation of the Crimea, UNIAN (11 August 2014)
  11. ^ Opposition Bloc chooses top ten candidates for parliamentary elections, Interfax Ukraine (23 September 2014)
    Allies of Yanukovych trying for parliament, Kyiv Post (21 September 2014)
    Party Of Regions Will Not Contest Snap Parliamentary Elections Independently, Ukrainian News Agency (14 September 2014)
  12. ^ Opposition Bloc boosts rating by distancing itself from Yanukovych era, Kyiv Post (Oct. 24, 2014)
    Development party of Ukraine, 'Ukraine - Forward!' and four more political forces team up in Opposition Bloc, Kyiv Post (Sept. 15, 2014)
    Ukraine’s Elections: The Battle of the Billionaires, The Daily Beast (10.25.14)
    (in Ukrainian) Non-Maidan parties united into the Opposition Bloc. Radio Liberty. 14 September 2014
  13. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament, Ukrinform (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  14. ^ Opposition Bloc boosts rating by distancing itself from Yanukovych era, Kyiv Post (Oct. 24, 2014)
  15. ^ "Voters in Eastern Ukraine Must Be Given a Choice". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  16. ^ Ukraine’s Elections: The Battle of the Billionaires, The Daily Beast (10.25.14)
  17. ^ (in Ukrainian) The association of Boyko-Rabinovich was determined with the presidential candidate, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 November 2018)
  18. ^ (in Russian) Split calculation. Why Opposite Two Electoral Candidates, LIGA (17 December 2018)
  19. ^ Boiko, Loovochkin excluded from Opposition Bloc faction for betraying voters' interests — Vilkul, Interfax-Ukraine (20 November 2018)
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  22. ^ "Avec le soutien de la France et de l'Allemagne, l'Ukraine doit appliquer les Accords de Minsk II, au nom de la paix". Le Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  23. ^ "The Right Peace for Ukraine". Retrieved 2017-01-26.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vira Ulyanchenko
Head of the Presidential Administration
Succeeded by
Andriy Klyuyev