Yuriy Yaroslavovych Stets (Ukrainian: Юрій Ярославович Стець; born 29 December 1975) is a Ukrainian journalist and politician. He was appointed to the post of Minister of Information Policy at the formation of the Second Yatsenyuk Government on 2 December 2014. He resigned one year later because he felt he had "met all the targets". He withdrew his letter of resignation on 4 February 2016, and continued in the post. On 31 May 2017 Stets wrote a letter of resignation for health reasons and went on sick leave the same day.
|Minister of Information Policy|
|Assumed office |
2 December 2014
|Prime Minister||Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Volodymyr Groysman|
|Preceded by||None (post created)|
|Born||December 29, 1975|
Chortkiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
|Education||Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute - Information management|
Stets is a member of Petro Poroshenko Bloc.
Yuriy Stets was born on 29 December 1975 at Chortkiv, in Ternopil Oblast. He attended the Sydir Vorobkevych Chernivtsi School of Music from 1992 to 1996. In 2000, he earned a degree in information management from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. Stets started his career in journalism in 1990 as a reporter for the Chernivtsi Regional State Television and Radio Company. He them worked for various television channels, including ICTV, a local Chernivtsi-based channel called TBA. He also work for public relations firms. Starting in 2002, Stets served as the chief producer for the Channel 5 television network, which is owned by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.[note 1]
He was elected to the Ukrainian parliament on 23 November 2007, and was a member of Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defence Bloc. He was elected again on 12 December 2012, this time as a member of Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland party. During the tenure of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Stets was a member of the united opposition's political council. On 17 June 2013, Stets became head of Poroshenko's Solidarity party, which had not participated in elections since 2002.[note 2] After the February 2014 Ukrainian revolution, he served as the Director of Information Security for National Guard of Ukraine. During a 27 August 2014 party congress, Solidarity changed its name to "Petro Poroshenko Bloc", and elected former Internal Affairs Minister Yuriy Lutsenko as the new leader of the party. In the October 2014 parliamentary election, Stets was re-elected to parliament as a member of Petro Poroshenko Bloc. He was appointed Minister of Information Policy on 2 December 2014, vacating his seat in parliament to fill that post. At the time he vowed to resign one year later if he would successfully implement his policy. He at the time was considered a "close ally" of President Poroshenko.
Stets resigned from the post of Minister of Information Policy on 8 December 2015. He said that he did so because he felt he had "met all the targets". He withdrew this resignation on 4 February 2016, and continued in the post.
An April 2013 article in the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda showed the families of Petro Poroshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko attending the baptism of Stets' daughter Eva. Lutsenko became Eva's godfather, and Maryna Poroshenko became her godmother.
- "Стець Юрій Ярославович (Yuriy Yaroslavovych Stets)". Dovidka (in Ukrainian). 4 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Journalists, free speech activists demand abolishing of newly-formed 'Ministry of Truth'". Kyiv Post. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Ukraine's minister of information policy resigns, Interfax Ukraine (8 December 2015)
- Agriculture, health, information ministers change their mind about resigning, UNIAN (4 February 2016)
- "Стець Юрий Ярославович (Stets, Yuriy Yaroslavovych)". Lenta.ru (in Russian). 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- United Twice, The Ukrainian Week (2 July 2013)
- Poroshenko wants coalition to be formed before parliamentary elections, Interfax-Ukraine (27 August 2014)
Solidarity Party to be renamed Bloc of Petro Poroshenko – congress, Interfax-Ukraine (27 August 2014)
- "Ukraine just created its own version of Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth'". Mashable. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "Ukraine's unpopular minister of information policy resigns". Ukraine Today. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- Poroshenko, Lutsenko, and Stets established family relations (photo, video). Ukrayinska Pravda. 10 April 2014