Vasyl Dzharty

Vasyl Heorhiyovych Dzharty (June 3, 1958 – August 17, 2011) was a Ukrainian politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Crimea, which is also known as the Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers, from March 17, 2010, until his death in August 2011.

Vasyl Dzharty
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Prime Minister of Crimea
In office
March 17, 2010 – August 17, 2011
PresidentViktor Yanukovych
Preceded byViktor Plakida
Succeeded byAnatolii Mohyliov
Minister of Natural Environment Protection
In office
August 4, 2006 – December 18, 2007
Prime MinisterViktor Yanukovych
Preceded byPavlo Ihnatenko
Succeeded byHeorhiy Filipchuk
Mayor of Makiivka
In office
January 2000 – November 2002
GovernorViktor Yanukovych
Personal details
Born(1958-06-03)June 3, 1958
Rozdolne, Starobesheve Raion, Donetsk Oblast
DiedAugust 17, 2011(2011-08-17) (aged 53)
Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
Political partyParty of Regions
Alma materDonetsk National Technical University
Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade of Tuhan-Baranovsky


Personal lifeEdit

Dzharty was born in 1958, in Rozdolne, a village in the Starobesheve district of Donetsk Oblast in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[1] His father was a miner.[2]

He completed his studies at Donetsk Polytechnic Institute. He then obtained a master's degree from Donetsk National Technical University in public administration.[2]

Political careerEdit

Dzharty served as the Donetsk Oblast's first deputy governor.[2] He then became Mayor of Makiivka, a city in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine.[2] He was elected to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's national parliament, serving during its fifth and sixth sessions as a member of the Party of Regions.[2] From 2006-07, Dzharty served as Ukraine's Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources.[2]

Prime Minister of CrimeaEdit

Dzharty became the Prime Minister of Crimea on March 17, 2010, succeeding outgoing Prime Minister Viktor Plakida.[3] The Speaker of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Volodymyr Konstantinov, had nominated Dzharty, a member of the Party of Regions, as Crimea's next prime minister and chairman of the council of ministers.[3] As required by the Ukrainian Constitution, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, had to personally approve of Dzharty's nomination, which he did.[3] The Supreme Council of Crimea, which acts as Crimea's parliament, overwhelmingly approved Dzharty's nomination on March 17, 2011.[3] 82 out of the 89 members of the Crimean parliament voted in favor of Dzharty's appointment as Prime Minister.[3] Dzharty simultaneously served as chairman of the Crimean branch of the Party of Regions.[4]

Dzharty was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010.[5] He sought treatment for the disease in Ukraine, Germany and Russia.[5] Dzharty died from lung cancer in Yalta on August 17, 2011, at the age of 53.[1][6] He was interred at Kozatske cemetery in the city of Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on August 18, 2011.[1] A memorial service was also held in Simferopol.[5] On November 7, 2011 President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Anatolii Mohyliov as his successor as Prime Minister of Crimea.[7]

Accusation in criminal activityEdit

According to the Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko, in 1990s Dzharty headed the Makiivka gang and was known in a criminal world as "Vasia the Bat" for his proficiency with baseball bat in racketeering.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Dzharty to be buried in Makiivka on August 18". Kyiv Post. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Makiyivka hosts memorial ceremony for Crimean Prime Minister Dzharty". Interfax-Ukraine. Kyiv Post. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Vasyl Dzharty of Regions Party heads Crimean government". Interfax-Ukraine. Kyiv Post. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  4. ^ Crimean prime minister planning to join Regions Party again, Kyiv Post (9 November 2011)
  5. ^ a b c "Crimea prime minister Dzharty dies of cancer". BNO News. Channel 6 News. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  6. ^ "Crimean Prime Minister Dzharty dies". Interfax-Ukraine. Kyiv Post. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  7. ^ Yanukovych appoints Mohyliov to Crimean post, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  8. ^ "Newspaper "Evening Herald"". Archived from the original on 2013-06-27.
  9. ^ "Lutsenko: Crimean Prime Minister in the past was "Vasia the Bat"". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22.