Vasyl Tsushko

Vasyl Petrovych Tsushko (Ukrainian: Василь Петрович Цушко; born February 1, 1963 in Nadrichne, Tarutinsky Raion, Odessa Oblast) is a Ukrainian politician former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and former Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine 2010-2014.

Vasyl Tsushko
Василь Цушко
Vasyl Tsushko
Minister of Economics
In office
March 11, 2010 – December 10, 2010
Preceded byBohdan Danylyshyn
Succeeded byPost dismissed
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
In office
December 1, 2006 – December 18, 2007
Preceded byYuriy Lutsenko
Succeeded byYuriy Lutsenko
Personal details
Born (1963-02-01) February 1, 1963 (age 59)
Nadrichne, Tarutinsky Raion, Odessa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partySocialist Party of Ukraine[1]
RelationsSon and daughter

From July 2010 to August 2011 he was the party-leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine.[1]


Vasyl Tsushko was born in the Nadrichne village, Odessa Oblast in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine); he is of mixed Ukrainian-Moldovan ancestry and is fluent in Romanian language. In 1982, Tsushko finished the Izmail Vocational school of Mechanics and Electronics of Agriculture. From 1983–1985, Tsushko served in the Soviet Army. After completing the 2 years army course, he went to study at the economic faculty at the Odessa Agriculture Institute, from which he graduated in 1988.

From 1986–1998, Tsushko was the head of two collective farms. From 1994–2002, Vasyl Tsushko served as a national deputy of the second, third, and fourth convocations of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament). In 2005, he graduated from the National University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the qualification of a lawyer. From May 1997, he was a member of the Socialist Party of Ukraine and the first Vice-president of the Committee of Bank and Financing of Ukraine. He was chosen as the head of the Odessa Oblast Government Administration on February 3, 2005.[2]

Tsushko was chosen as the Minister of Internal Affairs on December 1, 2006 after his predecessor Yuriy Lutsenko was dismissed by the parliament. On May 26, 2007, Tsushko suffered from a heart attack and was later hospitalized under critical condition.[3] According to medical results, he suffered from an overdose of methylxanthine.[4] After worsening health, he was later flown to a hospital in Germany.[5] A ukrainian advocate Tetyana Montyan, stated that his heart attack was a result of poisoning.[6] The Interfax news agency reports that Vasyl Tsushko's condition deteriorated while in the medical clinic in Germany. On September 30, 2007, Tsushko announced that he would resign as Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, due to the need of his health rehabilitation.[7]

On July 24, 2010 Tsushko took over Socialist party leadership from Oleksandr Moroz[1]

Tsushko headed the Ukrainian Economy Ministry from March till December 2010 and was appointed as head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine on December 14, 2010.[8] Worked as a Head of the Antimonopoly Committee till 26 March 2014.[9]

Tsushko ran as a presidential candidate in 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. In the election he got 10 434 votes (0.06% of the total vote); making him the second to last most unsuccessful candidate of the election.[10]

Tsushko is married and has a son and daughter. He is interested in historical literature.

References and footnotesEdit


  1. ^ a b c Economy minister appointed Socialist Party head, Kyiv Post (July 26, 2010)
  2. ^ "The love story of Vasily Tsushko: In the silence kept secrets". (in Russian). 15 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Instead of questioning, Tsushko was sent for medical observation" (in Russian). Korrespondent. 2007-05-29.
  4. ^ "Obkom: Tsushko suffered from methylxanthine overdose" (in Russian). Korrespondent. 2007-05-30.
  5. ^ "With his worsening condition, Tsushko was sent to Germany" (in Russian). Korrespondent. 2007-05-31.
  6. ^ "Ukrainian Interior Minister Tsushko's heart attack caused by poisoning – lawyer". Interfax. 2007-05-31.
  7. ^ "Tsushko resigns". (in Russian). 2007-09-30.
  8. ^ "Parliament gives consent to Tsushko's appointment as head of Antimonopoly Committee - Dec. 14, 2010". Kyiv Post. December 14, 2010.
  9. ^ Parliament dismisses Tsushko as Antimonopoly Committee chief at second attempt, Kyiv Post (26 March 2014)
  10. ^ "Електоральна пам'ять".


External linksEdit

  Media related to Vasyl Tsushko at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by