Taruta Serhiy Zubkov

The people’s Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation, ex-Governor of Donetsk regional state administration. Ukrainian businessman, philanthropist, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation Industrial Union of Donbas, President of FC metallurg (Donetsk).


Sergei Taruta was born on 23 July 1955 in the village of Grape (renamed Zhdanov), Donetsk region.


Higher education. Graduated from mechanical-metallurgical faculty of the Zhdanov metallurgical Institute (engineer-mechanic) in 1979.
In 1999 the faculty of management Donetsk state Academy of management (Manager of foreign economic activity).

Labor activity

1979 – worked on the Zhdanov (now Mariupol) the plant “Azovstal”, including the head of Department of foreign economic relations.
1995 – co-founder of a foreign trade company “Azovinteks”.
December 1995 – Executive Director of the newly created Corporation “Industrial Union of Donbass” (ISD). Now – Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISD, the President of football club “metallurg” (Donetsk).

Political activity

Since 1998 – Deputy of Donetsk regional Council, member of the standing Commission on the issues of land and natural resources.
In 2004 – 2005 – member of the Council of entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Co-chair of the Indian-Ukrainian trade-industrial group.
March 2, 2014 by the decree of the acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, Serhiy Taruta was appointed head of the regional state administration, Donetsk region, succeeding Andrey Shishatskiy. One of his first tasks as head announced the cancellation of decisions adopted by the regional Council.
June 13 this year, after the return of Mariupol under control of Ukrainian troops on behalf of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko moved temporarily administrative center of Donetsk region..

September 3, Sergey Taruta said about the fact that at the moment, under the control of regional authorities is 70 % of the territory of Donetsk region, 50% of the population support the actions of the Ukrainian authorities and is ready to support its members. Later during the counter-offensive of the DPR Taruta left Mariupol due to the threat of capture of the city, while stating about the readiness to organize the evacuation of the population from Mariupol. Against the background of these developments called for the introduction of martial law and the cancellation of early elections to the Verkhovna Rada.
16 Sep Taruta sharply expressed against the decision of the President of Ukraine on the special status of third areas of Donbass.
10 October decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was dismissed as head of the DOG, and he was replaced by former commander of internal troops of Ukraine General Alexander Kikhtenko. Previously these plans were announced by presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko.
September 29 was registered by the CEC of Ukraine, the candidate in people’s deputies of the Verkhovna Rada at the extraordinary elections to the Verkhovna Rada as the independent candidate in district № 58, Donetsk region.
October 10, 2014, was removed from the post of Chairman of Donetsk regional state administration.

After a failed governorship and the loss of some assets in 2014, trouble accompanied by Sergei Taruta in 2015. In October, the ISD failed to challenge the decision of the London arbitration from 2012 for repayment of the debt on the loan before the “daughter” of the company Renaissance Group for $57.5 million From the fighting in the East of the main assets Taruta (coke Alchevsk and DMK im. Dzerzhinsky) was intermittent. Alchevsk enterprise for almost a year stopped work because of what DMK im. Dzerzhinsky is experiencing a shortage of coking coal. Financial difficulties forced Taruta to save on sports assets. Donetsk FC “metallurg”, which the businessman has developed since 1996, was declared bankrupt and merged with Dneprodzerzhinsk “Steel” — another football club ISD.
In October 2014, the early parliamentary elections he was elected Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine VIII convocation from one-mandatory election district №58, Donetsk region. Former Donetsk Governor won in Mariupol landslide victory – the outcome of the election took first place with 60 % (29747 votes). Independent, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the protection of historical and cultural heritage of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on culture and spirituality. The current convocation was the first for him.


Approximately equal shares with his longtime business partner Vitaliy Hayduk owned ISD Corporation, until the latter sold his share. Among the most significant assets of the Corporation Alchevsk metallurgical plant, Alchevsk coking plant, Dneprovskiy metallurgical plant them. Dzerzhinsky, Dniprovskyi pipe plant.
In recent years Taruta not “fall” from the top ten lists of the richest Ukrainians, compiled of various business and socio-political publications. So, in February 2008, with a fortune of $2,650 billion it was at the 8th place of the TOP 130 richest of the magazine “Focus”.
In 2011, the “Focus” put Taruta on the 9-th place among the richest Ukrainians ($2,126 billion).
In 2012, the co-owner of Corporation “Industrial Union of Donbass” Sergey Taruta took 9th place in the rating “200 richest people of Ukraine”. His fortune is estimated at $1,450 billion.


The billionaire is married. He has two daughters.
One of them – Catherine – works for a leading news channel ICTV, previously led the program on channel M1.


• Order “For merits” III degree (2006)
• Order “For merits” II degree (2009)
• Order of St. Anne II degree (“the Russian Imperial house”, may 6, 2011)


Collecting objects of antiquity (in particular, the Trypillian and Scythian cultures) is, in fact, the main fascination of Serhiy Taruta. He, by the way, on this basis, and also in the sphere of charitable activities closer to the third President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.
The collection “platar” (Scythian gold and other artefacts) previously owned by a collector businessman Sergei Platonov, who died in 2005 at the age of 58 years. Now a collection of thousands of Antiques (some of it, 1315 exhibits of gold, silver and bronze in 2001 Platonov presented the state) holds the chair of the Board of Directors of steel company ISD Sergei Taruta.
To the credit of S. Taruta, he is one of the most notable Russian patrons. Mountaineering.

The murder of Shcherban

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation “Industrial Union of Donbass” Sergey Taruta expressed doubts about the version of ordering the murder of MP and businessman Yevhen Scherban, the ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and said that the conflict they settled for another 10 months before the murder.
In an interview with “Ukrainian truth”, he said, “All were directed to commercial conflicts have ended before January 1996 – ten months before the murder of Eugene Shcherban. In January, we were in the same boat”. On the question of whether there was a conflict between E. Shcherban and former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, Sergey Taruta answered that never heard.
“I Lazarenko never met. And Shcherban me about this conflict did not. He spoke about the fact that “here, Dnipropetrovsk want to go directly, but our position is hard to work only through us.” And at the beginning of 1996 we have already reached,” he said.
“What was the version? Personally, I had a foreign version. At the time, Russian businesses are actively trying to enter the Donetsk region. Was a political version. To some extent, and Dnipropetrovsk version, but it was a gut feeling,” he said.
“But just this murder did not change our scheme gave benefits were directed. Moreover, weakened our position (in front of the Russian business. – Ed.) because quite tightly Evgeny defended the interests of ISD and Donetsk region”, – said Taruta.


Serhiy Taruta about the economy of Ukraine:
“Unfortunately, in the eyes of the Western world, we are not self-identity. Ukraine may football a separate country, Boxing is a separate country, the economy is an appendage of Russia… Ukraine is a unique country with ancient history, unique culture. I think that here the representatives of big business should probably have some sort of common platform to promote cultural projects that we have identified that we are a separate Ukraine. Patriotism is not only wearing a shirt, this is not enough”.

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