Vadim Rabinovich

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Vadym Rabinovych
Vadym Rabinovych, 2009
Vadym Rabinovych, 2009
Native name ודים רבינוביץ'
Born Vadym Zinov'evich Rabynovych
Вадим Зіновійович Рабинович

(1953-08-04) 4 August 1953 (age 62)
Residence Bitan Aharon, Israel
Nationality Israeli
  • Ukraine
  • Israel
Known for
Religion Judaism
Children 1 daughter and 2 sons

Vadym Zinoviovych Rabinovych (sometimes spelled Vadym Rabynovych (Ukrainian: Вадим Зіновійович Рабинович; Hebrew: ודים רבינוביץ'‎; born 4 August 1953, Kharkiv, USSR) is a Ukrainian businessman, politician, president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and leader of the Center political party, a presidential candidate in the elections of 2014, deputy of Ukraine VIII convocation of the Opposition Bloc.


In 1970 he left Kharkov secondary school № 45 and entered the Kharkov National Automobile and Highway University.

In 1973-1975 Vadym Rabinovych went through a compulsory military service in the Air Defense Army of the Soviet Army.

From 1975 he worked as a foreman in repair and construction department of the Kharkov city council.

From the beginning of 1986 started running a business.

In 1995 together with Alexander Rodnyansky and Boris Fuksman (Ukr.) he founded the 1+1 TV channel.

In 1994 Vadym Rabynovych set the Media International Group and from 1997 to 2009 held a post of a president of the CN – Stolichnye Novosti publishing house.

In 2008 Vadym Rabynovych acquired the News One TV channel.

Since 2013 he has been running the News Network media group.

Rabynovych strongly supports Jewish charitable organisations.

In Israel he is known as a benefactor of the famous golden menorah to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

11 September 2005 on the initiative of Vadym Rabynovych, a monument to victims of terrorism was opened in Kiev with the participation of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, the US Ambassador John Herbst and Russian Ambassador Viktor Chernomyrdin.

Since 1997 he has been the president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress.

Since 2001 he has been heading the Step Towards Unity Forum of Christians and Jews.

Since 2001 Rabinovich has been a co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament.

From 2007 to 2013 he was a president of the Arsenal Kiev football club.

25 March 2014 Vadym Rabynovych submitted documents to the Central Election Commission for registration as a self-nominated candidate for the presidency of Ukraine [1]. The results of the election became a sensation: 2.5% (406,301) of voters casted a vote for the candidate Vadim Rabinovich, which is two times more than, for example, the result of Oleh Tyahnybok who was heading an entire faction in the Verkhovna Rada, or Dmytro Yarosh, a famous Euromaidan activist. The best result Rabinovich showed in Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and Odessa regions, as well as in Dnipropetrovsk - almost 5%.

He is leader of the Center political party.

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Vadym Rabynovych was elected into parliament; after placing 4th on the electoral list of Opposition Bloc.[1][2]

Media holdings[edit]

In 2000 Vadym Rabynovych set the Media International Group (MIG), which embraced CN – Stolichnye Novosti publishing house, MIGNOVOSTI newspaper in Ukraine, MIGnews in Israel and Delovaia nedelia weekly.

MIG holding company, in due time, also included Novoe Russkoe slovo the oldest daily newspaper in the USA, Narodnaia Volna radio station, CN-stolichnye novosti political weekly, Stolichka daily newspaper, DN-delovaia nedelia business weekly in Ukraine, Moskovskie novosti weekly in Russia as well as the MIG Israeli newspaper.

Holding also owned several radio and television stations and several Internet sites: MІ, MІ, MІ,, DN.kі,, a number of print media in Ukraine and Israel.

From 2011 to 2014 Vadym Rabynovych is a co-owner of the first international Jewish news channel Jewish News One (JN1).

In November 2013 a new project – News Network, which is owned and funded by Vadym Rabynovych, was presented.

In January 2014 it was announced about the sale of the News One TV channel and the website by Vadym Rabynovych. The new owner of media resources became a businessman Eugene Muraviev.

In June 2014 a new station Rabinovich FM was presented.

2014 Presidential campaign[edit]

Rabinovich Support for Ukraine's presidential elections in 2014.

On 28 March 2014 the Kyiv Post reported that Rabynovych had filed as a self-appointed candidate for the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. This was partly to counter characterization of the new Ukrainian government as anti-Semitic. After submission of the documents for his registration Rabinovich stated "I want to destroy the myth about an anti-Semitic Ukraine, which is spreading around the world. Probably I'm the most fortunate candidate. Today unification is needed, and I'm a unifying candidate. I have no maniacal thirst for power, I just want to help the country".[3] In the election he received 2.25% of the vote.[4]


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