The deputy health minister Viktor Liashko is tipped as a successor to Maksym Stepanov in Health Ministry.
A deputy health minister since December 2019, he was made Ukraine’s chief sanitary doctor in March 2020.
Last year he boasted higher approval ratings then Maksym Stepanov – 41% and 25% respectively, though his support waned in the end of 2020. Working under Stepanov, he was in charge of Covid pandemic polices.
41 year old Viktor Liashko is a health care professional and has a degree from Bogomolets National Medical University. In 2015 he got a second degree in public health care administration from National Academy for Public Administration under President of Ukraine.
His career saw him working in different capacities. Starting as a specialist of Kyiv regional sanitary epidemiologic office in 2003, he made his way up to become a department head at State Sanitary Epidemiological Service.
In 2014-2018, he joined the public group ‘Infection control in Ukraine’ and was engaged in USAID project ‘HIV reform in action’.
In February 2018, he became a general director deputy at Center of Public Health.
Income declaration of Viktor Liashko
According to Liashko’s income tax forms, his last year’s earnings amounted to 639,500 hryvnas that came mostly from his salary. He also declared bank savings – 250,800 UAH and $32,100, and three land lots in Kyiv region. His wife declared a 110 sq.m. apartment in Kyiv and a land lot of 1,200 sq.m.
He drives a 2018 Skoda Octavia A7.
Ihor Petrashko is reportedly going to be succeeded by Oleksiy Lyubchenko, who is currently heading Ukraine’s Tax Service.
He became a State Tax Service head in April, 2020 and was contracted for the post for the time of Covid pandemic.
Cherkasy native, Oleksiy Lubchenko attended Kyiv State Economy University and later earned a Ph.D. in economics.
As a civil servant, he started his career in native Cherkasy region working in different capacities in regional government agencies.
In 1999, he started his career of a tax service official in Kyrovohrad region. In 2003-2005, he went back to Cherkasy to head the regional tax service office. 2005 saw his brief tenure as the deputy head of Kyrovohrad Regional State Administration.
In 2009, he was appointed the deputy head of Ukraine’s State Tax Administration.
In 2012-2014 he acted as an advisor to State Fiscal Service head and aide to Ukrainian MP Viktor Tymoshenko. In 2015, he went into business become a vice president at ‘Ukragrokhimholding’ stock company.
The possible appointment of Lyubchenko faces public scrutiny in light of his 4-year tenure as State Fiscal Service at the time of Victor Yanukovych presidency (February 2010- February 2014), which makes him not eligible for a ministerial post under 2014 ‘lustration’ law.
Lyubchenko’s income tax forms
According to his income documents, the future economy minister family owns four apartments (two in Kyiv and two in Cherkasy). His wife declared a 2013 Land Rover car and Bombardier Utopia 205speedboat.
Lyubchenko declaration form also cites jewelry and ‘Breguet’ watches.
His last year earnings come from his salary at State Tax Service and Ukragrokhimholding’ – 525 thousand and 67 thousand hryvnas respectively.
He has also declared over 580 thousand hryvnas, $92,000 and €14,000 in bank savings.
Oleksandr Kubrakov will reportedly step in as a new infrastructure minister.
The former ‘Servant of the People’ MP, he is currently heading ‘Ukravtodor’.
Oleksandr Kybrakov comes from Dnipro region. He attended Kyiv Economy University and completed a course in Harvard Kennedy School. He founded several management companies (‘Evrokomunservis’, ‘Misto dlya lyudey’).
In 2011, he became an advisor to Kyiv Mayor on IT and transport system issues.
‘Yourcontrol’ cites Kybrakov’s namesake among the executives of ‘Misto dlya lyudey’ company.
In 2019, he became ‘Servant of the People’ MP but soon resigns to become ‘Ukravtodor’ head.
Media reports put in question the selection procedure for ‘Ukravtodor’ executive jobs claiming that Kubrakov candidacy was allegedly lobbied by either Andriy Vavrysh or ‘Opposition Platform for Life’MPs.
Oleksandr Kubrakov claims that he met Vavrysh when they ‘worked together with World Bank [..] The project went for a year’.
In May 2020, he faced allegations over corruption and improper use of state funds. According to BIHUS.info investigation, Kubrakov mismanagement of ‘Ukravtodor’ bidding procedures saw Ukraine losing 20% of state funds allotted for road reconstruction (17 billion out of 85 billion hryvnas). ‘Ukravavtodor’ head dismissed all the allegations calling it a smear campaign.
Income tax forms of Kubrakov
According to his 2019 income declaration, ‘Misto dlya lyudey’ group of companies brought him 191,000 hryvnas in salary and 670,000 in dividends.
He also declared a 55 sq.m. apartment and three cars – Hyundai Accent, Mazda 6, and BMW X4.