Valentyn Nalyvaichenko

Leader of the Ukrainian political party Justice

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is the leader of the Ukrainian political party Justice, which is devoted to defending Ukraine on two fronts: externally against Russian aggression, and internally against kleptocratic corruption. Formerly, from 2014 to 2015, Nalyvaichenko served for a second time as the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ukraine’s premier counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency, and was a member of the National Defence Council of Ukraine. It was during this turbulent period that Putin launched his war in eastern Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea, and Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region shot-down civilian airliner MH-17. Earlier, during his diplomatic career, Nalyvaichenko served as deputy foreign minister and ambassador to Belarus. Nalyvaichenko was elected as a member of the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012. He has university degrees in linguistics, specializing in English and Finnish.

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