Ivan Drach

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Ivan Drach
Born (1936-10-17) 17 October 1936 (age 85)
Nationality Ukrainian
Occupation Poet
Political activist

Ivan Drach (Ukrainian: Іван Федорович Драч) (born 17 October 1936) is a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, literary critic, politician, and political activist.[1][2]

Drach played an important role in the founding of Rukh – the People's Movement of Ukraine – and led the organisation from 1989 to 1992.[1]


Together with Vyacheslav Chornovil, Mykhailo Horyn and a number of other Ukrainian activists Ivan Drach created in 1989, the People's Movement of Ukraine, first official Ukrainian pro-reform organization. Ivan Drach was the first chairman of Rukh - September 8, 1989 to February 28, 1992. From February 28 to December 4, 1992, he was co-chairman of the NRU with Vyacheslav Chornovil and Mykhailo Horyn.

In the spring of 1990, Ivan Drach was elected to the Verkhovna Rada from Artemivsk (№ 259) constituency. For it voted 66.38% of voters.

After retiring from his high office in the NRU in late 1992, Ivan Drach finally retired from politics in 1994.

Drach has promoted the use of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine and whilst serving as the Ukraine's minister of communication proposed wide-ranging measures including setting quotas for Ukrainian-language broadcasts and tax breaks for Ukrainian publishing.[2][3]

At the last 29 March 1998 elections to the Verkhovna Rada member Ivan Drach NRU ran for parliament from Ternopil (№ 167) constituency and voting results (21.04% of the vote), the second time he was elected to Parliament. In the parliamentary elections of March 2002 Ivan Drach appeared in the Our Ukraine party at number 31. Thus, the third time he became a deputy. After a long dispute with the party leadership NRU Ivan Drach in March 2005 left the party and joined the Ukrainian People's Party Yuri Kostenko. In the parliamentary elections of March 26, 2006, he was number 14 on the electoral list "Ukrainian National Bloc of Kostenko and the Ivy". But the unit lost the election, and Ivan Drach in Parliament has not passed.

From August 1992 to May 19, 2000 Ivan Drach was the head of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council. Drach's other positions have included the chairmanship of the Ukrainian Intelligentsia Congress and heading the Writers' Union.[4][5] In 2006 Drach was awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.[6]


Poetry collections

  • Soniashnyk (The Sunflower, 1962)
  • Protuberantsi sertsia (Protuberances of the Heart, 1965)
  • Poeziï (Poems, 1967)
  • Balady budniv (Everyday Ballads, 1967)
  • Do dzherel (To the Sources, 1972)
  • Korin’ i krona (The Root and the Crown, 1974)
  • Kyïvs’ke nebo (The Kyivan Sky, 1976)
  • Duma pro vchytelia (Duma about the Teacher, 1977)
  • Soniashnyi feniks (The Solar Phoenix, 1978)
  • Sontse i slovo (The Sun and the Word, 1979)
  • Amerykans’kyi zoshyt (American Notebook, 1980)
  • Shablia i khustyna (The Saber and the Kerchief, 1981)
  • Dramatychni poemy (Dramatic Poems, 1982)
  • Kyïvs’kyi oberih (A Kyivan Amulet, 1983)
  • Telizhentsi (1985), Khram sontsia (A Temple of the Sun, 1988)
  • Lyst do kalyny (A Letter to a Viburnum Tree, 1990)
  • Vohon’ iz popelu (Fire from the Ashes, 1995)[1]

Movies screenwriting

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Drach, Ivan". encyclopediaofukraine.com. Retrieved 2015-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kiev or Kyiv: language an issue in Ukraine - CSMonitor.com". csmonitor.com. Retrieved 2015-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.day.kiev.ua/266637/
  4. "Russian President could at least bow his head respectfully? : UNIAN news". unian.net. Retrieved 2015-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Wilson, A. (1997). Ukrainian Nationalism in the 1990s: A Minority Faith. Cambridge University Press. p. 64. ISBN 9780521574570. Retrieved 2015-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Про присвоєння І. Драчу звання Герой України – від 19.08.2006 № 705/2006". zakon.rada.gov.ua. Retrieved 2015-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>