The minimum salary of 500 euros, the legalization of small arms, life imprisonment for corrupt officials, liquidation of regional administrations and the law on national referendum. The main theses of Oleksandr Shevchenko’s program, official and real biography, the declared property and the ability of the politician to tell the truth – about this and more in the section “Candidates” from Opinion

We have created this section for you to have an opportunity to make conscious, objective and most importantly – your own decision in the presidential election this spring. Telling about each candidate, we turn to the official biography, open sources, emotionlessly scrutinize the program promises and the reality of their fulfillment. 

We have planned materials about 12 candidates who have the highest chances according to the data of sociological companies. To avoid manipulation, the texts order has been defined alphabetically.  

What is the program of this candidate?

If Zelensky runs for the presidency with the program “Country of dreams,” Oleksandr Shevchenko presented to his constituents “The country of dignity and truth”. At the beginning of the plan, the candidate emphasizes that Ukraine has to confront unfriendly external actions and civilizational challenges.

1. A country of victories

In the beginning, the candidate is rejoicing with the tasks of the president, without resorting to any specifics. Among the main promises of Shevchenko in this section is the legalization of short-barreled arms, the creation of territorial defense squads, the refusal from Russian energy resources, compensation for damage caused by Russia, struggle for the return of the occupied territories and the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.

2. A country of truth

The country, according to Shevchenko, degrades, and it is possible to solve this problem only through the laws of truth and justice. Among such laws, the candidate lists the law on the impeachment of the president, the withdrawal of deputies of all levels, and national and local referendums.

The politician promises that the parliamentary opposition will be endowed with powers of control over the authorities, the elections to the Verkhovna Rada will be held on open lists, and the number of deputies will be reduced to 300 people. In the event of the candidate’s victory (and adherence to his own words), top corrupt officials and bribe-takers won’t feel very comfortable – imprisonment from 10 years to lifetime imprisonment.

3. A country of dignity

Shevchenko, as well as one more candidate, talks about impoverishment, squalid wages and wandering of migrant workers around the world. Instead, he promises to raise the minimum wage to 500 euros and pensions – up to 300, within three years.

At the same time, the politician promises to minimize direct contacts with officials, creating electronic power, issuing simple loans for business, mortgages for young families, and building housing for vulnerable groups, orphans, ATO veterans, and military personnel. And the happiness for Euro-cars owners – only one customs payment of 500 euros for customs clearance.

Candidate also ensures farm subsidies, village modernization and land market after the creation of appropriate conditions. Among other promises are: to liquidate regional administrations, to demonopolize the gas market, to hold a census, transfer of powers and budgets from central government to territorial communities.

Shevchenko plans to provide the highest social status to teachers and to make education completely free. Medical reform must get… a human face, and with it – joint medical insurance.

What can we know about him from the CEC and his personal website?

Traditionally, on the website of the Central Election Commission, we find almost nothing: the candidate was born in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, has a higher degree, registered in the village of the same region.  Shevchenko works as a People’s Deputy, and on the elections, he represents Ukrop party.

We can find much more on the official website of the candidate in the section “About Oleksandr”. So, Shevchenko is a radio engineer according to his major, he began his professional activity while studying, he provided a repair service for radio equipment. Then he becomes a trade manager, and in two years – the director of production and commercial firm Kvarta. Later he gets the leading position of the Skorzonera company, which owns the Bukovel resort.

Shevchenko got into politics in 2010, becoming a deputy of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council. In four years the candidate got to the Verkhovna Rada of the 7th, and later the 8th convocation. The politician was originally a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, but after a year he stepped down of his own volition.

What wasn’t mentioned in the official biography?

Shevchenko did not wish to specify that for ten years the politician was not only the director of the Bukovel ski resort but also the author of the idea and the founder.

The ambitions of the candidate to become the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk in 2015 are not mentioned either. Back then Shevchenko took only the third place in the first round, gaining 19.56% of votes.

He also does not mention his brother – Viktor Shevchenko, who was also a deputy of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council. However, later, like his elder brother, he became a People’s Deputy as well.

What does the candidate own?

On the infographics presented by the team of the resource Slovo i Dilo we have a rather modest declaration according to candidates’ “standards”. Thus, the wages of Shevchenko amount 251.2 thousand hryvnias. Housing, office and even auto of the candidate are… rented.

Source: analytical portal Slovo i Dilo – slovoidilo.ua

How does this candidate keep his promises?

According to the results of the study of the resource Slovo i Dilo, the number of promises given by politician is… 36, and Shevchenko did not fulfill only one from them. However, statistics of true words are also not so envious: only 28%.

Source: analytical portal Slovo i Dilo – slovoidilo.ua

The candidate lied, promising to do everything to ensure that the road Verkhovyna – Vorokhta woul be repaired in 2018. Instead, the words of the People’s Deputy on lobbying for the necessary decisions for Ukraine’s full membership in NATO, the support of technical re-equipment of hospitals and the reform of the judiciary turned out to be true.

Are there any scandals with the candidate?

Yes. For example, Shevchenko’s surname repeatedly appeared in anti-corruption investigations. In particular, it is about the tender machinations during road works in Ivano-Frankivsk region in August 2015 and the bribing of voters by means of free one-day trips to Bukovel.

The politician is also not ashamed of buying materials in the media. In October 2015, Shevchenko became a real record-holder of purchased articles that were telling about his own and party merits almost in every media of the city.

The politician is also capable of fighting with other people’s deputies. An example is his clash with Oleh Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, which took place in 2014. Back then Lyashko, according to journalists, provoked Shevchenko verbally, advising him to go to the ATO zone. Word by word, and as a result, journalists were filming not a comment, but a fight of deputies. The candidate himself in his biography names this case a “conversation that turned into a public dispute,” although it was he who hit the “radical” first.

By Dmytro Zhuravel

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