Iryna Herashchenko (politician)

Iryna Volodymyrivna Herashchenko (Ukrainian: Ірина Володимирівна Геращенко) is a Ukrainian journalist and politician currently serving as a People's Deputy of Ukraine from European Solidarity. She is a Merited Journalist of Ukraine since 2000.[4] Former First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament),[5] also serving as President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbas.

Iryna Herashchenko
Ірина Геращенко
Iryna Herashchenko September 2016 (29376164683).jpg
Herashchenko in September 2016
First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada
In office
14 April 2016 – 29 August 2019
Preceded byAndriy Parubiy
Succeeded byRuslan Stefanchuk
Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on European integration
In office
4 December 2014 – 14 April 2016
Preceded byHryhoriy Nemyria
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
23 November 2007
Personal details
Born (1971-05-15) 15 May 1971 (age 51)
Cherkasy, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Political partyEuropean Solidarity (2014-present)
Other political

Early life and journalistic careerEdit

Born on 15 May 1971 in Cherkasy, Herashchenko graduated from the Kyiv University Department of Journalism in 1993.[4]

Herashchenko worked as a journalist for Inter and then as a presidential press secretary in 2005–06 for Viktor Yushchenko.[4] From 2006 to 2007, she was president of Ihor Kolomoyskyi's 1+1 Media Group and UNIAN, a news service and TV channel.[4]

Political careerEdit

In November 2007, she entered the Verkhovna Rada for the first time as a member of the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc. In the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election, she joined the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform of Vitali Klitschko and successfully won re-election.[4]

In June 2014, amidst the War in Donbas, Herashchenko was appointed President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for his Peace plan for Eastern Ukraine.[6] In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, she was re-elected into the Verkhovna Rada after being in the top 10 of the electoral list of European Solidarity.[7][8] There, she became Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of European integration.[9]

On 14 April 2016, Herashchenko was elected First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.[5] As First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, she was among 322 Ukrainian citizens placed under sanctions by Russia in November 2018.[10]

In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Herashchenko was placed third on the party list of European Solidarity, and was successfully re-elected.[11][12]

Personal life and earningsEdit

Herashchenko is married and has two daughters and a son.[4]

According to an electronic declaration, in 2019, Herashchenko received ₴1,210,875 (US$44,847) as salary and reimbursement of expenses as deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. On her bank accounts, Iryna Herashchenko had ₴98,333. She also declared US$32,500, €6100, and ₴135,000 in cash.[13]

Additionally, Iryna Herashchenko had a collection of paintings, as well as valuable jewellery, including Chopard and Piaget. Her husband has declared ₴4,028,356 of income (US$149,198) and 2 apartments (total area of 180 m2). Herashchenko also declared a 2013 Ford Explorer car and a 2015 LEXUS RX200T car.[13]


  1. ^ "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VI convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VIII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Irina Gerashchenko" (in Russian).
  5. ^ a b Rada appoints Iryna Gerashchenko as first deputy speaker, Interfax-Ukraine (14 April 2016)
  6. ^ "UDAR MP Heraschenko becomes Poroshenko's envoy for peaceful settlement in southeastern Ukraine". Interfax-Ukraine. 17 June 2014.
  7. ^ "General official results of Rada election". Interfax-Ukraine. 11 November 2014.
    "Central Election Commission announces official results of Rada election on party tickets". Interfax-Ukraine. 11 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Геращенко Ірина Володимирівна" [Iryna Volodymyrivna Herashchenko] (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada website.
  9. ^ "Committee on issues of ecological policy, natural resources, and the elimination of the consequences of the Chornobyl Catastrophe" (in Ukrainian). Official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Помідори Фірташа, Ярош і син Порошенка: проти кого Росія запровадила санкції", BBC News, Ukrainian office
  11. ^ "Десятка партії Порошенка: Парубій, Геращенко, Джемілєв".
  12. ^ CEC counts 100 percent of vote in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, Ukrinform (26 July 2019)
    (in Russian) Results of the extraordinary elections of the People's Deputies of Ukraine 2019, Ukrayinska Pravda (21 July 2019)
  13. ^ a b "Declarations: Herashchenko Iryna Volodymyrivna from the NACP". Retrieved 8 July 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Profile in "Who is who in Ukraine". KIS publishing.