Lawyer of Kolomoyskyi, assistant of a deputy from the Party of Regions, screenwriters, and producers of Kvartal 95 and others. The first appointments of President Zelensky have already been made. We’ll tell you briefly, who are all these people, and what they were doing before the victory of now ex-showman.

Andriy Bohdan – chief of staff

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Volodymyr Zelensky made Andriy Bohdan his chief of staff. This is probably the most discussed appointment of Ukrainian president-elect, which is still being debated in society. It is not surprising, because before that Bohdan was an adviser and lawyer of Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

Bohdan made his first attempts to tie his life to politics in 2007, running for the Verkhovna Rada on the lists of Nasha Kraina (Our country). However, the CEC website notes that at the time of the election he was a non-party candidate. In the end, he did not succeed in becoming a People’s Deputy.

Nevertheless, in January next year, justice minister Mykola Onishchuk during the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, has appointed Bohdan as his deputy for the fight against corruption. After the victory of Viktor Yanukovych, Bohdan remained in the government, and in March 2010 became a government commissioner on anti-corruption policy. At that time, Mykola Azarov was the prime minister. After the victory of Maidan, Bohdan was dismissed from the office.

In the spring of 2014, Bohdan became an advisor to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Since then, according to the media, his close cooperation with the oligarch and his work as a lawyer has begun.

In the autumn of the same year, Bohdan tried to become a people’s deputy again, this time – on the lists of Petro Poroshenko Block. According to data from the CEC, back then he was also a non-party candidate. However, he failed to get a mandate again: the party had canceled the registration of the candidate.

Because of his work in the government of Azarov, Bohdan had fallen under the law on lustration, according to which he can’t work in the civil service until 2024. However, the lawyer himself assures: the position of the chief of staff was withdrawn from the civil service, thus there are no violations.

Ruslan Khomchak – commander of Armed Forces

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Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Khomchak as the general staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, dismissing Viktor Muzhenko.  Khomchak graduated from the Moscow Military Commanders Training School. He served in a group of Soviet troops in Germany, later – in Belarus.

Military man started climbing a career ladder after Viktor Yanukovych had come to power. Already in 2011, Khomchak received the rank of Major General, and in August 2013 had become Lieutenant-General. Since 2016 and until the appointment to a new post he headed the ground forces headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Many perceive Khomchak’s appointment as a head of the General Staff quite unambiguously and there is a reason: at the time of the military operation in Ilovaysk, he was commanding 1500 military personnel who were surrounded by the Russian army.

Ruslan Stefanchuk – an advisor to the president and a representative in the Verkhovna Rada

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Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, lawyer.

He has two higher degrees in the fields of “Law” and “Management of the Production Sphere”. He was actively engaged in scientific activity. In his field of expertise are problems of the general theory of private law, European civil law, the work of the European Court of Human Rights, etc.

In an interview, he assured that Zelensky’s task is to “sew” the nation.

“We do not separate people either by age, by gender, or by something else. We do not adhere to the ideology of “smart and stupid”. Our task is to “sew” the nation because the main problem of Ukrainians is that on different grounds they have been divided for 28 years.”

Andrii Herus – a representative of the president in the Cabinet of Ministers

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He’s an ex-member of the National Energy and Utility Regulatory Commission (2014-2015), former director of investment activities at Concorde Capital, head of the Association of Energy Consumers and Utilities.

After dismissal from the commission, he became a public activist and expert in the field of energy, advocating the abolition of the formula “Rotterdam+”. He has good relations with People’s Deputy Serhii Leshchenko. According to “Posipaky”, he was an adviser to the People’s Deputy Makiyenko from the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) on a voluntary basis.

Ivan Bakanov – the first deputy head of the SBU

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Ivan Bakanov – the first deputy head of the SBU

Bakanov is a businessman in the past, film producer, lawyer, head of electoral staff of Volodymyr Zelensky and the head of Sluha Narodu party.

He graduated from the Moscow Academy of Labor and Social Relations. Before the elections, he worked at the team of Kvartal 95 and headed the party of Zelensky. He was responsible for “virtually everything” in the headquarters of the candidate. As BBC informs, Bakanov is a childhood friend of Volodymyr Zelensky and his old partner.

Serhii Shefirthe first assistant to the president

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Director, producer, and screenwriter. He had begun his creative path with TV show KVN (Russian-based comedy competition – author’s note), where together with his brother he was the author of texts for several teams.

Shefir brothers met with Zelensky in 1995 and invited him to the team “Zaporizhia-Kryviy Rih-Tranzyt”. It is believed that since then Serhii Shefir and Volodymyr Zelensky have become good friends and spent a lot of time together.

At the same time, the first assistant to the president is one of the founders, managers, and authors of Kvartal 95 studio.  He acted as a producer in all seasons of the series Svaty, 8 first dates, Love in a big city and Servant of the people.

Serhiy Trofimov – first deputy head of the presidency

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He is an executive producer of Kvartal 95 studio, one of the main screenwriters of the cinema and television projects of the studio, including the series Servant of the people, cooperates with Kvartal 95 since 2005.

In the recent investigation by Bihus.info  journalists claimed that Ze-team coordinator Korniyenko tried to persuade Trofimov to become the deputy head of the presidency. To this, Serhiy himself supposedly answered that he is unlikely to fit because he finished only “first three grades”.

Ruslan Ryaboshapka – one of the deputy heads of the presidency

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A politician, lawyer, former Ukrainian deputy minister of justice, former member of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption.

He has a higher degree, graduated from the International Solomon University, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, awarded with a diploma from the cabinet of ministers. During his career, he was working at various positions in the Ministry of Justice.

In 2010 he headed the newly created Anti-Corruption Policy Bureau of the Cabinet of Ministers Secretariat. After that Ryaboshapka worked as deputy head of the department of legal support in the secretariat of Azarov’s government. In 2013-2014, he was the head of the Department for Anticorruption Policy Analysis at Transparency International Ukraine.

Yuriy Kostyuk – one of the deputy heads of the presidency

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Yuriy Kostyuk – one of the deputy heads of the presidency

Prior to this, Kostyuk was a screenwriter of TV series and movies by Kvartal 95 studio. In particular, he participated in the creation of the TV series Servant of the people.

According to Radio Liberty, Kostyuk himself was engaged in a creative activity during the election campaign and made a promo for Servant of the people.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko – one of the deputy heads of the presidency

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Tymoshenko is the founder of GoodMedia, a production company that is engaged in broadcasts, filming social and political advertising. Journalists emphasize that it was Kyrylo who created a video of Zelensky and filmed all the videos of the then-presidential candidate, including Poroshenko’s challenge to the stadium.

Vadym Prystaiko – one of the deputy heads of the presidency

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In 2012-2014, Prystaiko was Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada. He also served as Deputy Foreign Minister in 2017. Prystaiko headed the Mission of Ukraine to NATO from the same year. He holds the diplomatic rank of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of the first class.

Andriy Yermak – assistant to the president

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Yermak is a producer and international lawyer, he has more than 20 years of legal experience. He was the founder and director of the International Law Company. He also headed the board of the NGO Association of Entrepreneurs of the City of Kyiv.  According to the data provided by the website Posipaky, he has repeatedly been an assistant to Elbrus Tedeyev – the People’s Deputy from the Party of Regions.

Mykhailo Fedorov – freelance advisor to the president

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In the team of Zelensky Fedorov was responsible for building up a pool of media – the largest telegram channel among politicians, Instagram communities and their own channels on YouTube.

Fedorov came to the team of Zelensky from business and earlier in an interview for Ukrainska Pravda he emphasized that he’s not going into politics. Appointment to a freelance advisor in general matches these words.

By Dmytro Zhuravel

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