Politician, people’s Deputy of Ukraine of VII and VIII convocations, Deputy head of the presidential Administration of Ukraine
Vitaliy Kovalchuk was born on 23 may 1969 in Kiev.
He graduated from Irpin secondary school # 6. Served two years (1987– 1989) in the Armed forces of the USSR (construction troops) at positions a military Builder, cadet and platoon commander.
Has two higher educations. In 1993 graduated from Kyiv national University. Taras Shevchenko (faculty of law) on speciality “jurisprudence”. The second higher education was received in 2011 in the specialty “State administration” (national Academy of public administration under the President of Ukraine).
Work a top-the Manager in business and politics
After receiving a law degree, Vitaliy Kovalchuk, he worked in the office of the legal adviser, then senior legal counsel, became the head of the legal Department of AB INKO (1993 – 1996).
1996 – 1997 – Deputy General Director, administrative Director, Ukrainian-American LLC with foreign investments “Baip Co. LTD”.
In April – June 1997 worked in the Ukrainian state credit and investment company as the head of the securities division of the Department of property and investment.
June 1997 – September 1999 Kovalchuk worked at CJSC “Investment company “Neft’energo invest” in the position of Vice-President.
From 1999 to 2001 – Director General, Vice-President of Ukrainian public organization “support Foundation of regional initiatives”.
April – September 2001 – Director of “Factoring house”.
From 2001 to 2005 – first Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the management Board of Joint stock holding company “ukrnaftoprodukt”. In 2005 – 2007 I worked in the Ukrainian-American LLC “Legal firm “Fargo” (consultancy company) Deputy CEO.
From December 2007 to December 2010 Vitaly Kovalchuk, Deputy Chairman of the golosiyivska district state administration in Kyiv.
January 2011 – July 2012 worked in LLC “Clinic of genetics of reproduction “Victoria” in the position of Deputy Director.
Since April 2010 more actively involved in politics. In 2012 he became Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the political party “Udar” (Ukrainian democratic Alliance for reform) on an ongoing basis and headed the election headquarters of the party Vitaliy Klitschko. December 12 of that year – people’s Deputy of Ukraine of VII convocation from party “BLOW” (No. 5 in the list). In the Verkhovna Rada, member of the Committee on fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety.
In April 2014 the Deputy of the Ivano-Frankivsk city Council and ex – “udarovets” Yuri Soloviev said that Kovalchuk is the de facto head of the “Udar” and behind the scenes involved in the sharing of positions in the leadership of the country. In addition, according to J. Nightingale, Kovalchuk is close to financial-oligarchic group of Dmitry Firtash. After trying to figure out the Kovalchuk details of the meeting in Vienna Dmitry Firtash and Poroshenko, which, in addition to them and Vitaly Kovalchuk, was also attended by Vitali Klitschko, Yuriy stets, Serhiy Lyovochkin (the negotiations lasted for 28 hours and, by the way, the fact that the meeting acknowledged businessman Firtash), Nightingale was expelled from the party “UDAR”. “UDAR” supported Poroshenko in the presidential elections in Ukraine, although the regional organization was against it.
In 2014, he headed the electoral headquarters of the candidate in Presidents of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the party “Block of Petro Poroshenko” for early parliamentary elections. Led the Vitaliy Kovalchuk not only the election campaign of Petro Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in 2014, but the “block of Petro Poroshenko” (BPP) in the parliamentary elections of 2014.
From 27 November 2014 to 14 Jan 2015 – the people’s Deputy of Ukraine of VIII convocation from the party BPP (No. 10 in the list). Early put the mandate in connection with the Administration of the President of Ukraine to the post of first Deputy head (26 Dec 2014).
In January 2016, the media reported that the candidacy of Kovalchuk being considered for the post of first Deputy Prime Minister with broad powers in charge of the economy. But this appointment never took place. However, with the occurrence of acute government-parliamentary crisis a month later, then the candidacy of Kovalchuk, we also offer the post of first Deputy Prime Minister, promoted by the Administration of the President, became the subject of controversy before his appointment to the post of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who succeeded in April 2016 Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
In November 2016, the leader of the parliamentary group “people’s Will” Yaroslav Moskalenko confirmed that Vitaly Kovalchuk oversees the party “Our land”. A number of Ukrainian political scientists for a long time linked the party with the presidential Administration. According to them, Poroshenko using Kovalchuk tried to give the party “Opposition bloc” to form a majority in local councils in the East and South of Ukraine, and also cause reputational damage to the MFP and the President from accepting into their ranks former members of “Party of regions”.
In 2017, the Ukrainian media reported that Kovalchuk formally turned over control of the party “Our land” to the businessman and people’s Deputy Igor Kononenko, with whom Kovalchuk prevailing tensions. Version of the former Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia and Ukraine David Sakvarelidze, Kovalchuk is engaged in that creates a small political projects with the aim of selecting votes from the opposition forces: “Ilya Kovalchuk is a main support Poroshenko in the manipulation of political projects. He is now trying to sculpt some small projects to pick up our voices.”
According to a published journalistic investigation Pavel Sheremet information, Vitaliy Kovalchuk was a member of hostile takeover attempts of the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine. Attempts to replace him as head of the CCI Gennadiy Chizhikov also involved a former people’s Deputy Alexander Oak. In the media appeared regularly letters to MPs and “exposing” materials about the chamber of Commerce, which subsequently was not confirmed in the courts. In addition, the office of the CCI was held prosecutorial and tax searches.
The Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov 9 September 2016 reported that the Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv regional state administration Igor lyubko was detained on suspicion in extortion of a bribe of 200 thousand hryvnia. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that corruption schemes could be involved and the Governor of the Kiev region Maxim Melnychuk. According to the media, to the appointment of two top officials at the posts involved Vitaliy Kovalchuk, who is also called the godfather lyubko.
In January-February 2017 the Ukrainian mass media published the information that on the territory of Rivne region is the illegal extraction of amber under the guise of logging. The reporters found that in 2003 the agricultural cooperative “Sechovsky” leased for 49 years 5.6 thousand hectares of land in Rokitnyansky area. In 2014, this area came under the inspection of the state Commission, which revealed that “disturbed area” is not less than 6.3 hectares. the Court has satisfied the claim of Prosecutor’s office in the improper execution by the company of the terms of the lease. In 2015, the cooperative has changed owners. Among the new owners were in the environment of Vitaly Kovalchuk, Alexander Timchenko (assistant Governor of the Rivne region in 2014 – 2016 and the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada in 2012 2014 Vitaly Chugunnikov), as well as a close friend and Deputy assistant Kovalchuk, Konstantin Negoda. The owners of the cooperative “Sechovsky” are also the founders of the other two companies (“Association of Sehi” and “Yantar Polissya-2”), which together formed a complete cycle of mining and processing of amber. Representatives of the new leadership of the company continue attempt by the court to defend the rental of the forest.
In March 2017, was published investigative journalism, which stated that Kovalchuk has participated in the raider seizure of property and land. According to the version of the TV show “Scheme”, Kovalchuk got the building in the elite private sector of Kiev “Tsarskoye Selo”, taking advantage of the bankruptcy of the Bank “Forum”. Purchased the building and the land since 2003, belonged to the businessman Vadim the Flea, and they rented the Embassy of Greece in Ukraine. In 2008, the Flea took a loan from the Bank “Forum”, under the refund guarantee by providing two land and a house.
In 2014, the Bank had blocked his account, immediately transferring the right to demand the balance of the debt, 47 million UAH, OOO Financial company “Registration Statistics” invest. That, in turn, through the Babushkinsky court of Dnipropetrovsk has registered the sale of land and house company “m-Pro”, the owner of which was a politician’s wife Elena Kovalchuk. Thus, according to Flea, the blocked funds would be enough to pay more than half of the remaining debt on the mortgage. The cost of ownership was estimated at 130 million UAH, while the “m-About” it only cost 78 thousand UAH.
February 15, 2017, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine issued a decree about cancellation of decisions on re-registration of property at LLC “m-Pro” because they were contrary to the legislation of the country.
However, the trials continued and the property continues to dispose of the company Elena Kovalchuk. Elena and Vitaliy Kovalchuk declined to comment on the information of journalists “Schemes”. According to media reports, about two dozen companies in which participated Vitaliy Kovalchuk or his wife, become bankrupt or significantly reduced the accounting profit.
A list of some companies that went bankrupt or became unprofitable when Kovalchuk
1. OOO “trading Proksim” – 2009
2. OOO “Transport systems Tauris” – 2012
3. LLC “South transport system” – in 2013, losing activity
4. PJSC “Krymnefteprodukt” – 2013, losing activity
5. PJSC “Uganskneftegas” – 2013, losing activity
6. LLC “Clinic of genetics of reproduction “Victoria” 2013, unprofitable activities (owner – Elena Kovalchuk)
7. OOO “Medim” – 2013, unprofitable activities (owner – Elena Kovalchuk)
8. OOO “Pharmaceutical company drugstore № 107” – 2013, gross income fell by almost two times (the owner is Elena Kovalchuk)
Income (Apartments, houses, cars and money)
Vitaly Kovalchuk declared for 2016 274,5 thousand UAH wages and UAH 1.9 mln joint with wife, income from the sale of a Toyota Land Cruiser 2011 release. Spouse Kovalchuk also declared 206 786 thousand UAH wages, $ 400 in the Bank (in 2015, the reporting year was almost 10 thousand dollars), in cash and 2.73 million UAH and previously declared by 298 thousand and $ 212 thousand euros.
The Kovalchuk in the joint ownership of specified land in Kozin, Kiev region with an area of 504 square meters, 1.5 thousand square meters, the house in Kozin 1.1 thousand sq m, garage in Kiev with an area of 82 sq. m. Kovalchuk Also has the right to use the apartment of his wife in Kiev area of 200 square meters (value of the last estimate, almost 8 million UAH), and his wife also owns 2 Parking spaces in Kyiv on 18 sq. m cost of 0.5 million.
In addition, joint ownership of Kovalchuk and his wife have a Toyota RAV4 (purchased in 2003).
Also Kovalchuk declared the right to sign goods and services since 2014 (name not specified), and the ownership of 2 hours (Paris Chaumet and Zenith), one painting whose value is not specified, but exceeds the 100 minimum.
In the ownership of his wife declared Cartier watch and Chanel, brooch, 3 pairs of earrings, 3 rings (brand not specified), set (earrings and pendant) Damiani, Staurino Fratelli and Chopard pendant Tiffany & Co, coat and 2 pictures, the cost of which is not specified in the Declaration, but also exceeds 100 minimum.
The wife of the Deputy head of Administration is also the ultimate beneficiary of LLC “Clinic of genetics of reproduction “Victoria” – she has 100% of the capital in the organization (100 thousand UAH in monetary terms).
Premium weapons — pistol “Fort-17” (3 July 2014).
Wife – Elena Kovalchuk.
Three children: sons – Vladimir and Matthew, daughter Polina.