33 Facts About Arsen Avakov


Arsen Borysovych Avakov was born on 2 January 1964 and is a Ukrainian politician and businessman.


Arsen Avakov was reappointed to the same position in three successive governments, the last one being the Shmyhal Government formed in March 2020.


Arsen Avakov's appointment caused massive protests in the country under the slogan "Avakov is the devil".


Between 2005 and 2010, Arsen Avakov was Governor of Kharkiv Oblast.


In 2013, Arsen Avakov was the 118th richest person in Ukraine, worth US$100 million.


From 1981 to 1982, Arsen Avakov worked as a laboratory assistant for the Chair for Automated Control Systems at the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.


Arsen Avakov joined a commercial bank in 1992, becoming a member of its supervisory board.

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In 2002, Arsen Avakov was elected a member of the Executive Committee of Kharkiv City Council.


On 4 February 2005, by the decree of the President of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov was appointed the head of the Regional State Administration in Kharkiv.


Arsen Avakov resigned from his positions at Investor JSC and Basis Commercial Bank.


Arsen Avakov was on the organizing committee for Euro 2012 in Ukraine from 24 April to 8 May 2007.


Arsen Avakov was a member of the National Council on Interaction between Government Authorities and Local Self-Government Bodies and was named an Honored Economist of Ukraine.


Arsen Avakov issued a detailed Summary Report at the close of his term of office in Kharkiv Regional State Administration.


Arsen Avakov ran for mayor of Kharkiv in the 2010 Ukraine local elections on 31 October 2010.


Arsen Avakov was detained in Frosinone, in Italy, in late March 2012.


In October 2012, Arsen Avakov was elected to the Verkhovna Rada on the party list of "Fatherland".


Arsen Avakov returned to Ukraine the next day, on 11 December 2012.


On 22 February 2014, following the February 2014 revolution, Arsen Avakov was appointed Acting Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.


Arsen Avakov's appointed supported 275 out of 324 members of the Verkhovna Rada and he was the only candidate to be voted.


Arsen Avakov had agreed to the post on the condition it would be a temporarily assignment.


On 26 February 2014 Arsen Avakov announced that the MVS suspended its search for Viktor Yanukovych in Crimea to avoid "provoking clashes".


On 14 March 2014, Arsen Avakov gave an interview to the chief editor of LB.


Russia requested that Arsen Avakov be placed on Interpol's wanted list.


On 3 April 2014, Arsen Avakov stated that the investigation has identified all the shooters from the Berkut special detachment who were sniping protesters from the roof of the former October Palace and were commanded by the MVS Major Dmitri Sadovnik.


Arsen Avakov added that gangs that were killing and abducting activists of Euromaidan were coordinated by a head of media holding "Kontakt" Viktor Zubritskiy.

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In September 2014, Arsen Avakov became a founding member of his new party People's Front.


Arsen Avakov has published twelve scientific papers, one monograph, and a number of essays on political and social issues.


In 2016, Arsen Avakov posted his support of the controversial doxing site, Myrotvorets that was giving away personal information of journalists who had obtained accreditation from Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.


Arsen Avakov was reappointed as Interior Minister in December 2014 in the second Yatsenyuk government, in the Groysman government and again in August 2019 in the Honcharuk government.


Arsen Avakov was reappointed in August 2019 despite the plea of 24 NGO's not to re-appoint Avakov.


In December 2019, Arsen Avakov was included in the list of the 100 most influential Ukrainians by Focus magazine, taking the 8th place.


On 12 July 2021 Arsen Avakov announced that he had submitted his resignation as Interior Minister.


Arsen Avakov is author of 12 scientific papers and one monograph including:.