Viktor Yanukovych

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Former German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle (left) welcomes Yanukovych (right).

Viktor Yanukovych (July 9, 1950 - ) was the conservative president of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014, until forced out by a Leftist revolution. He is a former Communist bureaucrat during the period of single party rule (as nearly everyone was during that period from that area of the world), and became the leader of his Pro-Russian "Party of Regions" in the multiparty system.

In late 2013 and early 2014 public protests over corruption arose in Kyiv. After signing an agreement on February 21, 2022 that he would not run for re-election when his term expired, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, a head of department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Russian observer Vladimir Lukin as witnesses, that evening Yanukovych was chased out of Ukraine by Obama State Department-backed neo-Nazi death squads.[1]


Yanukovych was born in the Donets Basin. In 1969 he started to work in heavy industry. Yanukovych attended the Donetsk Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. For some time he was a member of the Communist Party. In 1997 he became governor of Donetsk province. In 2002 president Leonid Kuchma appointed him as prime minister.[2]

In 2004 Yanukovych was a candidate of the parliamentary elections, where he won against Viktor Yushchenko. Many people called the elections "unfair" and protested. The Supreme Court of Ukraine canceled the result. In a second round of the elections Viktor Yushchenko won. This period is called the Orange Revolution.

In the elections that foreign observers declared to be fair, 2010 Yanukovych was the winner. In his tenure, many oppositional activists were arrested. Include Yulia Tymoshenko, the Minister chairwoman under the government of Yushenko. Tad Devine, a longtime Democratic consultant, Devine worked on Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000 and John Kerry’s in 2004, maanaged Viktor Yanukovych’s 2010 presidential campaign. In 2016 Devine managed Bernie Sanders Democratic primary campaign. Devine is a former partner of Paul Manafort.

From 2013 to 2014, Leftist neo-Nazis with Obama administration assistance fomented unrest under the guise of wanting a pro-European future.[3] As result of Yanukovych announced new elections.[4] On February 22, 2014 he was discontinued by the parliament.[5] Yanukovych fleed to Russia, where he lives until now.[6]

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