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Revival (Ukrainian: «Відродження», the name can also be translated as Renaissance) is a political party in Ukraine, established in its current form in June 2015. Its predecessor had been founded by Heorhiy Kirpa in 2004.


LeaderViktor Bondar[1]
Founded15 June 2004 (2004-06-15) (Revival), 27 February 2014 (2014-02-27) (Economic Development), 5 June 2015 (2015-06-05) (merger)
IdeologyDevelopmentalism[citation needed]
Economic nationalism
Political positionCentre-left[citation needed]
National affiliationOpposition Bloc (2019)
International affiliationNone
ColoursYellow and blue
Verkhovna Rada
0 / 450
Regions (2015)[2]
1,733 / 158,399

Since 5 June 2015, Revival, not represented in Parliament until then, has gained 22 of 450 seats in Parliament through a merger with a parliamentary faction of the same name, which was known as Economic Development between February 2014 and March 2015.[3][4][1][5]

In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election the party will join a united party list with the political parties of Opposition Bloc — Party for Peace and Development, Nashi and Trust Deeds.[6]



The party was registered at the Ministry of Justice on 15 June 2004 and its chairman was then Minister of Transportation and Communication and director of Ukrzaliznytsia Heorhiy Kirpa.[7] The party supported Viktor Yanukovych during the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election.[7] Kirpa was found dead on 27 December 2004.[8] Early next month the police concluded he had killed himself.[8]

During the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary elections the party scored 0.96%, finishing 12th out of 45 participants, and did not gain any parliamentary seats.[7] The party did not participate in the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary elections[7] and the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary elections.[9]

During the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary elections the party scored 0.19% and again no seats.[10]

Economic DevelopmentEdit

Original creationEdit

The faction in the Ukrainian parliament Economic Development was created on 27 February 2014 by MP Anatoliy Kinakh who had recently left the Party of Regions faction.[11] The co-leader of the group was elected Vitaliy Khomutynnik.

Initially accounted for 33 deputies, the group included 41 MPs by the end of the seventh parliamentary convocation.[5][11] Most of them had shortly before been a member of the Party of Regions faction, and many retained their membership within the Party.[5] Kinakh claimed to have created the faction to restart the negotiations with the European Union on the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.[12]

On its second day the faction with 250 other MPs sign up to join the coalition supporting the Yatsenyuk Government with the Batkivshchyna, UDAR, Svoboda factions and the Sovereign European Ukraine faction and other MPs.[13]

Revived after 2014 parliamentary electionEdit

The parliamentary group was revived after the 2014 parliamentary elections in Ukraine.[14] The new leader of the parliamentary group is Vitaliy Khomutynnik.[14] Anatoliy Kinakh had failed to win a seat in the 2014 parliamentary election.[15] In its reincarnation the group has 19 deputies.[14]


The Economic Development group was dissolved on 5 March 2015 and re-founded as Revival.[16][17]

On 5 June 2015, Revival's Party Congress decided to make the faction "Revival" in Ukraine's national parliament Verkhovna Rada the parliamentary wing of the party, effectively merging the two.[1] Revival MP Viktor Bondar was elected party chairman.[1] The faction Revival has 22 of the parliaments 450 seats.[5] By the summer of 2015 most representatives of the party in 2014 were members of the Party of Regions.[18]

Post-Merger HistoryEdit

The party performed badly in the 2015 Ukrainian local elections, but generally won elections in Kharkiv Oblast.[19][20][21] In Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city,[22] Incumbent Mayor Hennadiy Kernes was Revival's mayoral candidate in the Kharkiv mayoral election.[23] Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Yekhanurov was the party's candidate for Mayor of Kiev.[24] In the 2015 Kharkiv mayoral election Kernes was re-elected with 65.8% of the votes.[23][25][26] In the Kiev 2015 local elections Yekhanurov did not survive the first round of Mayoral elections.[27][28][29] In the same election Bohdan Andriyiv was elected Mayor of Uzhhorod.[30]

In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election the party will join a united party list with the political parties of Opposition Bloc — Party for Peace and Development, Nashi and Trust Deeds.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Deputy group "Renaissance" is party of the same name and to form a united opposition force, RBC Ukraine (5 June 2015)
  2. ^ Кандидати, яких обрано депутатами рад. (in Ukrainian). 15 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  3. ^ Хомутиннік зібрав нову групу в Раді на 22 депутати. Ukrayinska Pravda. 6 March 2015
  4. ^ У ВР створена депутатська група "Відродження" на чолі з Хомутинніком. BBC Ukraine. 6 March 2015
  5. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Депутатські фракції і групи VII скликання Deputy fractions and Groups VII convocation, Verkhovna Rada
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Party profile, RBC Ukraine
    Party profile at the Center of Political Information
  8. ^ a b POLICE CONFIRM GEORGI KIRPA'S DEATH AS SUICIDE, Ukrinform (6 January 2005)
  9. ^ "Central Election Commission - 2012-2013".
  10. ^ "Central Election Commission - 2012-2013".
  11. ^ a b Rada creates Group for Economic Development Archived 2014-05-30 at the Wayback Machine, Radio Ukraine (25 February 2014)
  12. ^ (in Ukrainian) The deputy parliamentary group "Economic Development", (24 February 2014)
  13. ^ 250 MPs sign up to join coalition - Turchynov, Interfax-Ukraine (27 February 2014)
  14. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) In Parliament created a faction, Ukrayinska Pravda (27 November 2014)
  15. ^ (in Ukrainian) Candidates and winners for the seat of constituency 127 in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine, RBK Ukraine
  16. ^ (in Russian) Виталий Хомутынник распустил свою депутатскую группу, (5 March 2015)
  17. ^ (in Ukrainian) Депутатська фракція/група, Verkhovna Rada (5 March 2015)
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) "Revival" "our land": Who picks up the legacy of "regionals", BBC Ukrainian (16 September 2015)
    (in Ukrainian) Party of Regions: Snake return, The Ukrainian Week (2 October 2015)
  19. ^ Poroshenko Bloc, Batkivschyna, Nash Kray get largest number of seats in local councils – Ukrainian Voters Committee, Interfax-Ukraine (12 November 2015)
  20. ^ Why a 'Star Wars' Emperor Won Office in Ukraine, Bloomberg News (26 October 2015)
    Exit Polls Show Ukraine Divided For, Against Poroshenko Rule, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (27 October 2015)
    After Ukraine’s Local Elections: Early Misinterpretations, Carnegie Europe (27 October 2015)
    Poroshenko hobbles on, Politico Europe (26 October 2015)
    Week’s milestones. Elections to be continued, blackmail in Minsk, and emotional lustration, UNIAN (27 October 2015)
  21. ^ Archived 2015-11-17 at the Wayback Machine (in Ukrainian)
  22. ^ Kharkiv ‘never had eastern-western conflicts’, Euronews (23 October 2014)
  23. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) "Revival" will send the mayor of Kharkiv Kernes, and the seat of mayor of Odessa will fight Fabricant, UNIAN (23 September 2015)
  24. ^ (in Russian) Yuriy Yekhanurov elected as a candidate for mayor of Kiev from the "Renaissance", UNIAN (29 September 2015)
  25. ^ Kernes wins elections for Kharkiv mayor with over 65% of vote, Interfax-Ukraine (31 October 2015)
  26. ^ "Five lessons from the local elections in Ukraine". ECFR.
  27. ^
  28. ^
  29. ^ "Klitschko, MP Bereza enter 2nd round of Kyiv mayor election".
  30. ^ Vidrodzhennia Party's Andriyiv wins Uzhgorod mayoral election, Interfax-Ukraine (16 November 2015)

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