Saturday, October 18, 2008

Viktor Yanukovych: official biography

59 years old. President of Ukraine. Leader of the "Party of Regions".

Family and childhood:
Born on July 9, 1950 to a working class family in Yenakiyevo, Donetsk region.

Marital status:
Married to Lyudmyla Yanukovych, they have two sons: Oleksandr and Viktor.

A graduate of Donetsk Polytechnical Institute (now Donetsk State Technical University) as a mechanical engineer.
MA in international law from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade.
Doctor of Economics, professor, Full Member of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine, Member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Work experience and political life:
1969 – Gas-fitter in the Yenakiyevo metallurgical plant, then Mechanic at a motor enterprise. Than worked as a top executive for 20 years – the General Director of the Production Association "Donbastransremont," "Ukrvuglepromtrans", and Donetsk Regional Territorial Association of Motor Transport.
1996 – Deputy Chairman, then Vice-Chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration.
1997-2002 – Chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration, a member of Donetsk Regional Council and Chairman of Donetsk Regional Council.
21 November 2002 – Prime Minister of Ukraine.
4 July 2004 – presidential candidate nominated by the "Party of Regions".
4 August 2006 – Prime Minister of Ukraine.
23 November 2007 – Member of Parliament of Ukraine, elected by multi-mandate national district (head of the "Party of regions" faction).
February 2010 - elected as the President of Ukraine.

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