Yuriy Kravchenko

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Yuriy Kravchenko
Юрій Кравченко
Кравченко Юрій.jpg
Kravchenko in 2000
Director of MVS in Kirovohrad Oblast
In office
Director of Criminal Militsiya (MVS)
In office
State Customs Committee of Ukraine
In office
Preceded by Eduard Miroshnychenko (acting)
Succeeded by Leonid Derkach
Minister of Internal Affairs (MVS)
In office
Preceded by Volodymyr Radchenko
Succeeded by Yuriy Smirnov
Governor of Kherson Oblast
In office
Preceded by Oleksandr Verbytskyi
Succeeded by Anatoliy Yurchenko
State Tax Administration of Ukraine
In office
Preceded by Mykola Azarov
Succeeded by Fedir Yaroshenko
Personal details
Born (1951-03-05)March 5, 1951
Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died March 4, 2005(2005-03-04) (aged 53)
near Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation Ukrainian police officer and statesman

Yuriy Fedorovych Kravchenko (Ukrainian: Юрій Федорович Кравченко; March 5, 1951 – March 4, 2005) was a Ukrainian General of Internal Service and statesman, serving as the country's Minister of Internal Affairs (1995—2001). In 2000, while he was serving as the Minister of Internal Affairs, Kravchenko became directly involved in the murder case of Georgiy Gongadze and the subsequent "Cassette Scandal." Kravechenko later was the governor of the Kherson Oblast (2001—2002) and Head of the State Tax Administration of Ukraine (2002—2003).


Born in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Kravchenko attended the Oleksandriia Industrial Technical School from 1966 to 1970. In October 1970, he became an eletrictian and worked in the Kirovohrad Oblast. Served in the Soviet Army from 1970 to 1972. From 1974 until 1978, he studied at the Higher School of the MVD of the USSR, and afterwards worked as a police inspector in the Kirovohrad Oblast. From 1981 to 1986, he worked in several supervisory positions. In April 1986, Kravchenko became the head of the department for combating drug trade in the Criminal Investigation Directorate of the MVD of the Ukrainian SSR. In September 1989, he became the head of the MVD regional directorate in the Kirovohrad Oblast.

Gongadze Case and Cassette Scandal[edit]

On 29 January 2013 a Ukrainian court ruled Oleksiy Pukach had murdered the journalist Georgiy Gongadze on orders from Kravchenko, who was seeking a career promotion.[1]

Suspicious death[edit]

Kravchenko was found dead in his apartment near Kiev on March 4, 2005. He was at that time called as a witness in the murder case of Gongadze. It was claimed that Kravchenko committed suicide, some news reports[2][3] claim that he was shot twice in the head.[4]

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