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Volodymyr Zelensky Biography
Prior to his political career, he obtained a degree in law and created a production company, Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons, and TV comedy shows. Kvartal 95 created a television series called Servant of the People, in which Zelensky played the role of President of Ukraine. The series aired from 2015 to 2019. A namesake political party bearing the same name as the television show was created in March 2018 by employees of Kvartal 95.
Zelensky announced his candidacy for the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election on the evening of 31 December 2018, upstaging the New Year’s Eve address of President Petro Poroshenko on 1+1 TV Channel. Six months before Zelensky announced his candidacy, he was already one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election Zelensky won the election with 73.22% of the vote in the second round, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
Volodymyr Zelensky Family Background
Zelensky Belongs to a Jewish Family (although his paternal grandfather was an ethnic Ukrainian) His father, Oleksandr Zelensky is a professor who heads an academic department of cybernetics and computing hardware at the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics; his mother, Rimma Zelenka, used to work as an engineer. Prior to starting elementary school, he lived for four years in Mongolia in the city of Erdenet where his father worked.
Volodymyr Zelensky Educational Background
Zelensky earned a law degree from the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics but has not worked professionally in the legal field. He speaks fluent Ukrainian, Russian and English.
- At age 17, he joined the local KVN (a comedy competition) team and was soon invited to join the united Ukrainian team And eventually won Major League and in 1997
- From 1998 to 2003, Kvartal 95 performed in the Major League and the highest open Ukrainian league of KVN,
- In 2008, he starred in the feature film Love in the Big City, and its sequel, Love in the Big City 2. Zelensky continued his movie career with the film Office Romance. Our Time.
- in 2011 His Films with Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon in 2012. Love in the Big City 3 was released
- on January 2014. Zelensky also played the leading role in the 2012 film 8 First Dates and in sequels which were produced in 2015 and 2016.
- In August 2014, Zelensky spoke out against the intention of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture to ban Russian artists from Ukraine. Since 2015, Ukraine has banned Russian artists and other Russian works of culture from entering Ukraine. In 2018, the romantic comedy Love in the Big City 2 starring Zelensky was banned in Ukraine.
- Zelensky spoke out against the intention of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture to ban Russian artists from Ukraine.
- The Most Important Role In 2015, Zelensky became the star of the popular television series Servant of the People, where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine. In the series, Zelensky’s character is a thirty-something high-school history teacher who wins the presidential election after a viral video shows him ranting against government corruption in Ukraine.
- Zelensky worked mostly in Russian. His first role in the Ukrainian language was the romantic comedy “I, You, He, She which appeared on the screens of Ukraine in December 2018. The first version of the script was written in Ukrainian but was translated into Russian for the Lithuanian actress Agnė Grudytė. Then the movie was dubbed into Ukrainian; the quality of dubbing was criticized by reviewers.
- In December 2018, Zelensky stated that Kvartal 95 had made its last movie with its legal Russian subsidiary in 2012 and that its office in Moscow had been shuttered in 2014.
- In January 2019 he said that he still has shared commercial interests with Russian companies, but only as a co-owner of a Cyprus-registered firm “Green Family LTD” that, in turn, owns the Russian film making company Grin Films. Zelensky also stated that he had no role in Grin Films’ successful application for a grant from the Russian Ministry of Culture.
The political party Servant of the People was created in March 2018 by people from the television production company Kvartal 95, which also created the television series of the same name
In a March 2019 interview with Der Spiegel, Zelensky stated he went into politics to restore trust in politicians and that he wanted “to bring professional, decent people to power” and “would really like to change the mood and timbre of the political establishment, as much as possible”.
Starting 31 December 2018, Zelensky led a successful, almost entirely virtual, presidential campaign to unseat the incumbent President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, in just three to four months. Zelensky clearly won both the first round of elections on 31 March and the run-off election on 21 April 2019.
2019 presidential campaign
For the first time, He announced candidacy Only Six months before the Ukrainian presidential election in 2019 (31 December 2018).
During the election campaign, Zelensky continued to tour with Kvartal 95. During the campaign his engagement with mainstream media was minimal. He talked to the electorate on social media channels and in YouTube clips. On 16 April 2019, 20 Ukrainian news outlets called on Zelensky to stop avoiding journalists.
In his introductory speech, Zelensky acknowledged that in 2014 he voted for Poroshenko, but “I was mistaken. We were mistaken. We voted for one Poroshenko but received another. The first appears when there are video cameras, the other Petro sends Medvedchuk privietiki (greetings) to Moscow”. After Poroshenko’s answer, Zelensky read out a list of questions that were supposedly asked by Ukrainian citizens via the internet:
- How is it that Ukraine is the poorest country during the tenure of the richest president in its history?
- Why were the arsonists who set fire to a Roshen store found in four hours, while those who torched military supply warehouses and murdered Sheremet could not be found for several years?
- How do you sleep at night?
- Why nobody has been imprisoned for Ilovaisk and Debaltseve?
- Why after five years do we still not know names of murderers at Maidan?
- Would you like to take part in an experiment and try to survive on 1,500 hryvnias (the state pension) for a month?
- How was it possible during the fifth year of the war to send 24 sailors to Kerch Strait to die?
- How much more money do you have to take out of the budget to satisfy your hunger?
- Where have our Carpathian forests gone?
- Why weren’t Yanukovych’s supporters punished?
- How much was delivered to you personally for the “Rotterdam + business scheme?
- Why did you cancel the law on illegal enrichment?
- Why has immunity for People’s Deputies not been removed?
Zelensky was elected President of Ukraine on 21 April 2019, beating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with nearly 73% of the vote to Poroshenko’s 25%. Kolomoysky stated after the election he is ready to advise president Zelensky. Polish President Andrzej Duda was first of the European leaders to congratulate Zelensky. French President Emmanuel Macron received Zelensky at the Élysée Palace in Paris on 12 April 2019. On 22 April, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Zelensky on his victory over the telephone. European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk also issued a joint letter of congratulations and stated that the European Union (EU) will work to speed up the implementation of the remainder of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
Volodymyr Zelensky As President
Zelensky with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellery Complex in Berlin, June 2019.
Zelensky was inaugurated on 20 May 2019. Various foreign officials attended the ceremony in the Verkhovna Rada, including Salome Zourabichvili (Georgia), Kersti Kaljulaid (Estonia), Raimonds Vējonis (Latvia), Dalia Grybauskaitė (Lithuania), János Áder(Hungary), Maroš Šefčovič (European Union), and Rick Perry (United States). In his swearing-in speech, he dissolved the 8th Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada as his first act as president, in spite of pre-emptive attempts to block this move by the People’s Front, which withdrew from the ruling coalition a few days prior to his inauguration.
As one of the first acts of his presidency, Zelensky appointed Andriy Bohdan as Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Prior to this, Bohdan was the lawyer of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Under the rules of Lustration in Ukraine, introduced in 2014 following Euromaidan, Bohdan is not entitled to hold any state office until 2024 (because of his government post during the Second Azarov Government).
On 11 July 2019, Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the former’s appeals to the Russian leader to take part in talks with Ukraine, the United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom in Minsk. The leaders also discussed the exchange of prisoners held by both sides.
On 21 July 2019, Zelensky’s political party, Servant of the People, won the first single-party majority in modern Ukrainian history in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, with 43% of the party-list vote. His party gained 254 of the 424 seats.
Volodymyr Zelensky Married to Olena Kiyashko
In September 2003 Zelensky married Olena Kiyashko. They both attended the same school. According to Zelenka she and her husband grew up in an overtly and predominantly Russian-speaking environment and had no relatives who spoke Ukrainian,
Volodymyr Zelensky Children Daughter
The couple’s first daughter Oleksandra was born in July 2004. In Zelensky’s 2014 movie 8 New Dates, she played Sasha, the daughter of the protagonist. In 2016 she participated in the show The Comedy Comedy’s Kids and won 50,000 hryvnias. Their son Kyrylo was born in January 2013.
Volodymyr Zelensky Asset Net worth
In 2018 Zelensky’s assets were worth about 1.5 million US dollars (about 37 million Ukrainian hryvnias).