Oleksandr Lavrynovych

Oleksandr Lavrynovych
Олександр Лавринович
Supreme Council of Justice Chairperson
In office
July 02, 2013  April 10, 2014
Preceded by Volodymyr Kolechnychenko
Succeeded by Ihor Benedysyuk
12th Minister of Justice of Ukraine
In office
March 11, 2010  July 02, 2013
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Preceded by Mykola Onishchuk
Succeeded by Olena Lukash
In office
January 11, 2006  December 18, 2007
Preceded by Roman Zvarych[1][2]
Succeeded by Mykola Onishchuk
In office
November 21, 2002  January 5, 2005
Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh
Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded by Syuzanna Stanik
Succeeded by Roman Zvarych
First Deputy Chairman of
the Verkhovna Rada
In office
September 2, 2008  March 11, 2010
Preceded by Adam Martynyuk
Succeeded by Adam Martynyuk
2nd convocation
In office
May 11, 1994  May 12, 1998
Deputy People's Deputy of Ukraine
Constituency People's Movement of Ukraine, Lviv Oblast, District No.274[3]
3rd convocation
In office
May 12, 1998  October 18, 2001
Constituency People's Movement of Ukraine, Lviv Oblast, No.121[4]
6th convocation
In office
November 23, 2007  March 11, 2010
Constituency Independent, No.67[5]
7th convocation
In office
December 12, 2012  December 25, 2012
Constituency Party of Regions, No.12[6]
Personal details
Born (1956-06-28) June 28, 1956
Ovruch, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine)
Political party Unaffiliated
Other political
People's Movement of Ukraine
Spouse(s) Svitlana Hryhorivna (b. 1956)[7]
Children Maksym (b. 1978), Vitaliy (b. 1983)[7]
Alma mater Kiev University (1978)
Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (1987)
Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy (1998)
Institute of State and Law (2001)
Occupation Political expert

Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Lavrynovych (Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Лавринович; born June 28, 1956 in Ovruch) is a Ukrainian physicist, lawyer, politician, former member of the Supreme Council of Justice of Ukraine, a former Ukrainian member of parliament and former Minister of Justice of Ukraine.[8] He is Merited Jurist of Ukraine (2003). He was one of the founders of the first democratic party in Ukraine in 1989 - People's Movement of Ukraine and considered to be one of the "fathers" of the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.


After graduating from the Shevchenko National University in 1978, Lavrynovych worked in the NAN Ukrainian SSR. In 1981-1984 he served in military (chief of radar station). From 1989 till 1998 Lavrynovych was one of the leaders of People's Movement of Ukraine.[9] From 1990 till 1994 he was a member of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine and its First Deputy Chairman in 1991-1994.[9]

From 1998 till 2001 he was an People's Deputy of Ukraine for People's Movement of Ukraine parliamentary faction, surrendering his deputy mandate early.[9] In 2002 Lavrynovych was elected to parliament on the Our Ukraine party list, but refused to be registered. In May 2002 Lavrynovych was appointed as Justice Minister in the Kinakh Government.[8] In the First Yanukovych Government (2002-2005) he was also Minister of Justice of Ukraine.[9] After a short intermezzo as Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Ukrnafta" (2005-2006) Lavrynovych returned to national politics in August 2006 as First Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the Second Yanukovych Government.[9] But he soon moved to the post Minister of Justice of Ukraine again (from 1 November 2006 till 18 December 2007).[9] In the 2007 parliamentary election he was elected Deputy of Ukraine for Party of Regions.[9] From the dismissal of Arseniy Yatsenyuk till the election of Volodymyr Lytvyn as Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Lavrynovych assumed the position as acting chairman from November 12, 2008[10] till December 9, 2008.[11][12] The Verkhovna Rada refused to include in its agenda an issue concerning dismissal of its first Vice Speaker Lavrynovych on November 17, 2009.[13] Starting 11 March 2010 Lavrynovych became Justice Minister again.[8] On 2 July he was elected as member of the Supreme Council of Justice of Ukraine.[14] Olena Lukash replaced Lavrynovych as Justice Minister 2 days later.[15] On April 10, 2014 Oleksandr Lavrynovych resigned from his position with Supreme Council of Justice. Since that time he is acting as legal expert and holds the position with the Board of Institute for Legal Society, Non-governmental organization.

On 13 July 2015 the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office announced that Lavrynovych was suspected of embezzling public funds worth more than 8.5 million Hryvnia.[16] It said these funds were used to finance foreign law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (USA) that helped to win the court case in the European Court of Human Rights by the State of Ukraine and at the same time "to conceal evidence of criminal violations of the law by Ukrainian state law enforcement agencies and the courts" during the 2011 trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.[16]

In March 2016 Ukrainian court released Mr. Lavrynovych from any restrictions of Prosecutor's office.



  1. Analysis: The Faces Of Ukraine's New Cabinet, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (8 August 2006)
  2. Verkhovna Rada approves new Cabinet members, UNIAN (11 November 2006)
  3. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VI convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  4. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  5. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  6. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  7. 1 2 "Lavrynovych Oleksandr Volodymyrovych". Official informational server (in Ukrainian). Party of Regions. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  8. 1 2 3 (in Russian) Лавринович Александр Владимирович, Информационно-аналитический центр "ЛІГА"
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (in Ukrainian) Лавринович Олександр Володимирович, DATA
  10. "Rada Dismisses Yatseniuk". Ukrainian News Agency. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012.
  11. "Rada Elects Volodymyr Lytvyn As Speaker". Ukrainian News Agency. December 9, 2008.
  12. "Lytvyn elected as Speaker of Ukrainian parliament". UNIAN. December 9, 2008.
  13. VR refused to include in agenda issue on dismissal of Lavrynovych, UNIAN (November 17, 2009)
  14. Judges Kolesnychenko, Kuzmyshyn, Justice Minister Lavrynovych elected as Supreme Council of Justice members, Interfax-Ukraine (2 July 2013)
  15. Ukrainian President Appoints New Justice Minister , Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (4 July 2013)
  16. 1 2 (in Ukrainian) Lavrynovych reported suspicions persecution Tymoshenko, Ukrayinska Pravda (13 July 2015)
Political offices
Preceded by
Syuzanna Stanik
Minister of Justice of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Roman Zvarych
Preceded by
Roman Zvarych
Minister of Justice of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Mykola Onischuk
Preceded by
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Acting Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada
Succeeded by
Volodymyr Lytvyn
Preceded by
Mykola Onishchuk
Minister of Justice of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Olena Lukash
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