Oleksandr Turchynov


Oleksandr Turchynov
Oleksandr Turchynov
Олександр Турчинов
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Acting
In office
4 March 2010 – 11 March 2010
President Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded by Yulia Tymoshenko
Succeeded by Mykola Azarov
Director of the Security Service
In office
4 February 2005 – 8 September 2005
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Ihor Smeshko
Succeeded by Ihor Drizhchanyi
Personal details
Born 31 March 1964 (1964-03-31) (age 47)
Dnipropetrovsk, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Political party All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (1999–present)
Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (2001–present)
Other political
affiliations
Hromada (Before 1999)
Spouse(s) Hanna Volodymyrivna
Children Kyrylo
Religion Baptist[1]
Website http://turchynov.com/

Oleksandr Valentynovych Turchynov (Ukrainian: Олександр Валентинович Турчинов) (born March 31, 1964 in Dnipropetrovsk) is a Ukrainian politician, a screenwriter, a Doctor of Economic Studies. He also was acting Prime Minister after former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's government was dismissed on March 3, 2010.[2] Turchynov is first deputy head of the political party All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland".[3]

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Biography

Oleksandr Turchynov graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1986 after that he worked for worked at Kryvorizhstal. He is an old ally of Yulia Tymoshenko. They used to have a common business in Dnipropetrovsk. In 1993 he was appointed advisor in economy issues to then PM Leonid Kuchma. In December 1993 he co-founded and became Vice President of Ukrainian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs. In 1994 he created the political party Hromada together with Pavlo Lazarenko. He was also director of the Economic Reforms Institute from January 1994 to March 1998 and was head of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences’ Laboratory of Shadow Economy Research.[4][5]

Political life

In 1998, he was elected to parliament as a member of Hromada but after the scandal around Lazarenko, he left the faction and party (during May 1999) together with Yulia Tymoshenko’s All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland". He was reelected to parliament in 2002 and 2006 as part of the BYuT.

On 4 February 2005, Turchynov was appointed and served as the first‐ever civilian head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). In February 2006 state prosecutors opened a criminal case against Turchynov and his SBU deputy Andriy Kozhemyakin for destroying a file about FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Semyon Mogilevich from the SBU archive. The case was dismissed four months later.[6]

In the spring of 2008 he was the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc candidate[7] for the Mayor of Kiev election he placed second at the election with 218,600 votes (19.13% of total vote).[8]

In December 2009 during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election-campaign Turchynov accused President Viktor Yushchenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych of coordinating their actions in their attempts to topple the Second Tymoshenko Government.[9]

On March 4, 2010, after the fall of the second Tymoshenko Government, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko resigned from that post on March 4, 2010[2] and Turchynov was empowered to fulfill the Prime Minister's duties until a new government was formed.[10]

Stance on same-sex marriage

In August 2007, Turchynov replied to the accusation that his stance on same-sex marriage is typically conservative, "I do not agree. If a man has normal views, then you label him a conservative, but those who use drugs or promote sodomy – you label them a progressive person. All of these are perversions.”[11]

Non-official activities

In 2004 Turchynov published a book "Illusion of fear". Later he also wrote a script to the same name movie that is based on the book.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yulia Tymoshenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Acting

2010
Succeeded by
Mykola Azarov

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