Yehor Soboliev

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Yehor Soboliev
Єгор Соболєв
Iegor Soboliev.jpg
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
27 November 2014
Personal details
Born (1977-02-26) 26 February 1977 (age 42)
Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partySelf Reliance
Spouse(s)Mariya Padalko

Yehor Viktorovych Soboliev (Ukrainian: Єгор Вікторович Соболєв, born February 26, 1977)[1] is a Ukrainian politician and former journalist. He was elected to the Verkhovna Rada in the October 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, appearing 13th on the party list of Self Reliance.


Early Years[edit]

Yehor Soboliev was born in Krasnodar, Russian Federation. At birth, he was given the surname of his father Anatoly - Zimin - who was a surgeon. One year after the tragic death of his father, Yegor's mother Elena, English translator, moved to Donetsk. There Yegor went to primary school.

After Yegor's mother remarried to carpenter Viktor Soboliev, she changed Yegor's last name. After Chernobyl catastrophe the family chose to move to Sakhalin, to the city of Chekhov. There Sobolev graduated from high school. In high school, he began to get involved in archeology. In 1993 he entered the Faculty of History of the Yuzhnosahalin State Pedagogical Institute. Due to the economic crisis, he left studies in 1995, moving to his grandmother in Ukraine, where he began to work.

Return to Ukraine[edit]

In 1995 he started working for Donetsk newspaper "Femyda-press" first as advertising agent, then as correspondent of the newspaper in Donetsk. In 1995-1996 he was anchor of the program "Economic Week" on Donetsk channel "7x7". In 1996 he moved to Kyiv, started reporting on finance for Kiev newspaper «City». In 1997-1998 he became the economic columnist of the newspaper "Vedomosti Kievskie".

In January 1998 he was invited by Ukrainian economic journalist Mikhail Kolomiets to business information agency "Ukrainian News". He worked there as economic correspondent and later chief reporter later. After Kolomiets committed suicide in Belarus, Soboliev left the newspaper and started working as independent journalist since 2002.

Since December 2003 he was political journalist and contributor to newspaper "Mirror of the Week" and magazine "Correspondent". In the summer of 2004 he was elected chairman of the Kyiv Independent Media Trade Union. The union was able to initiate protests against censorship on the main TV channels, which were called 'journalistic revolution'.

By 2003 had a residence permit in Ukraine. In 2004 received Ukrainian citizenship.

"Channel 5" period[edit]

During the 2004 presidential campaign he covered the work of Viktor Yanukovych's headquarters at the request of "Channel 5". In January 2005 he was invited to join the staff of "Channel 5" by the chief editor Andriy Shevchenko, and remained with the channel until February 1, 2008.

At first he was a special correspondent, then - co-author of the program "Time is important". He created the TV show "Will it be at five?".

Since January 2007, he was one of the two presenters at the most popular TV programme "Time". During this year he also has had a serious dispute with the owner of the channel Petro Poroshenko because of attempts of the latter to forbid coverage of important issues, including conflicts within the pro-presidential bloc "Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense", bribery of voters by The Lytvyn Bloc, sacking of the TV presenter Igor Slisarenko.

On October 1, 2007 after having a discussion with Poroshenko and Chernovetsky on air of his programme 'Time', Soboliev was advised to llok for a new job. In January 2008, the program was closed and restored only after Sobolev resigned from Channel.

Office of 'Svidomo'[edit]

In March 2008, Yegor Sobolev accepted the proposal of publishing house "Economy" to become the head of web portal during the period of its reform.

On July 3, 2008 the Polish managers appointed Sobolev the chief editor of TRK News of TV Group 'Ukraine' (part of the "System Capital Management" Group,which belongs to Donetsk billionaire Rinat Akhmetov). He stayed in this position for 2 hours, until the management of TRC 'Ukraine' broke contract with him without explanation.

In August 2008, Sobolev launched the Bureau of Investigative Journalism 'Svidomo' (Ukrainian for 'consciously'). The organisation conducted investigations on problematic issues in different cities, focusing exclusively on education and health care. The investigations were accessible to 52 newspapers-subscribers of the organisation. As well as using the subscription money, Svidomo was financed by the International Fund 'Renaissance' and U-Media Project.

In 2011 Soboliev founded NGO 'Svidomo', that helps people to solve problems, discovered by the journalists.

Political career[edit]

In July 2013 Sobolev announced his resignation from journalistic career and transition to politics. In June 2013 he became one of the founders of political party Volia, which took an active part in the student Euromaidan movement. Soboliev was the Maidan day commandant. He became a member of the Maidan Council, which coordinated activists and opposition parties.

Since March 2018 Sobolev hosts his own political talk show on "Channel 4".[2]


  1. ^ "Народний депутат України VIII скликання: Соболєв Єгор Вікторович" [Eighth convocation members of the Verkhovna Rada: Yehor Viktorovych Soboliev] (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada.
  2. ^ (in Ukrainian) Occupation of the TV: Why do politicians become TV presenter, Ukrayinska Pravda (12 February 2019)