Yevhen Kushnaryov

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Yevhen Kushnaryov
Євген Кушнарьов
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Mayor of Kharkiv
In office
Head of the Presidential Administration
In office
Governor of Kharkiv Oblast
In office
Personal details
Born (1951-01-29)January 29, 1951
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died January 17, 2007(2007-01-17) (aged 55)
Izium, Ukraine

Yevhen Petrovych Kushnaryov (Ukrainian: Євген Петрович Кушнарьов, Jevhen Petrovyč Kušnar'ov; Russian: Евгений Петрович Кушнарёв, Evgenij Petrovič Kušnarëv) (January 29, 1951 – January 17, 2007) was a prominent Ukrainian politician of the post-Soviet era. Kushnaryov was considered one of the chief ideologues of the Party of Regions and a key ally of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Early life[edit]

Yevhen Kushnaryov was born in Kharkiv to migrants from Russia in 1951.[1] He graduated from the Kharkiv Engineering-Construction Institute in 1973, and for several years thereafter worked at a local factory of concrete and steel manufacturing.[1]

Political career[edit]

Kushnaryov became a member of the Communist Party in 1981. In 1989, during the Glasnost era, he joined the pro-democracy movement in the Ukrainian SSR. In 1990 Kushnaryov was elected to both the Kharkiv city council and the Verkhovna Rada, where he took part in formulating the fledgling country's constitution, and in 1994 he became mayor of the city of Kharkiv.[1]

Afterwards, Kushnaryov served as Leonid Kuchma's chief of staff from 1996 to 1998, and as governor of the Kharkiv Oblast from 2000 to 2004.

During the election crisis of 2004, Kushnaryov agitated for the creation of an independent southeastern Ukrainian state in the case of Viktor Yushchenko's victory. This caused him to be arrested on charges of separatism, that were eventually dropped. Following the Orange Revolution, Kushnaryov joined Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions and in 2006 he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada on the Party of Regions ticket.

Kushnaryov quickly became one of the leaders of the party along with Yanukovych and Rinat Akhmetov. Considered by many to be among the party's main ideologues, Kushnaryov could be frequently seen on television debating public policy.[2] In 2006 he published a book (Red Horse: Notes of a Counterrevolutionary) denouncing the Orange Revolution.[3]

Death and remembrance[edit]

On January 15, 2007 Kushnaryov was accidentally shot in the liver while hunting with a group of friends and colleagues, and died two days later in a hospital in Izium. A two-day period of mourning was declared in Kharkiv over the death of the former governor.[4][5] Yevhen Kushnaryov was survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.[1]

In October 2008 a monument to honour Kushnaryov was unveiled in Kharkiv.[6] The Yevgeny Kushnaryov Foundation for Democracy Initiatives Support was founded in October 2007. The goal of the organisation is "to pursue with the ideas that mattered to him".[7]

Honors and Distinctions[edit]


  • Although his Ukrainian name was Yevhen (Євген), Kushnaryov personally preferred to use the Russified form Yevheniy (Євгеній) when writing in Ukrainian.[8]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Dmytro Tabachnyk
Head of the Presidential Administration
Succeeded by
Mykola Biloblotsky