52 years old. Member of Parliament of Ukraine (Our Ukraine – People Self-Defense faction). Ex-Minister of Defense, Candidate for the post of the President of Ukraine.
Family and childhood:
Born on 25.10.1957 in village Bagachivka, Zvenygorodsky district of Cherkassy region, Ukraine.
Married, wife – Yulia Mostova, journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Zerkalo nedeli weekly newspaper (http://www.zn.ua/), with 2 children.
Education and Academic background:
1979 – graduated from Kyiv Air Force Engineering High School.
1993 – Institute of Foreign languages of the US Department of Defense.
1994 – United States Air Force University (operation-strategical faculty).
1995 – Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
PhD in Technical Sciences.
Reserve Colonel of Ukrainian Army.
Ukrainian, Russian, English.
Work Experience and Political Life:
1979 – 1984 – Service in regular military units of Soviet Army.
1984 – 1992 – lecturer at the Kyiv Air Force Engineering High School.
1992 – 1994 – Head of the Analytical Department of the Research Center of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
1996 – 1997 – Head of the Directorate of Military Security and Military Construction at the National Research Center of Defense Technologies and Military Security of Ukraine.
1997 – 1999 – Head of the Analytical Service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
December 1999 – February 2005 – President of Razumkov Centre of Economic and Political Studies.
2005 – 2007 – Minister of Defense of Ukraine.
November 2007 – Member of Parliament of Ukraine (Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense faction). Head of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense.