Myroslav Marynovych

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Myroslav Frankovych Marynovych
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Native name Мирослав Франкович Маринович
Born (1949-01-04) January 4, 1949 (age 73)
Komarovychi, Staryi Sambir Raion, Lviv Oblast
Nationality Ukrainian
Citizenship  Soviet Union (1949–1991) →  Ukraine (1991–present)
Alma mater Lviv Polytechnic Institute
Occupation vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, lecturer, social activist.
Known for human rights activism with participation in the Ukrainian Helsinki Group
Movement dissident movement in the Soviet Union
Awards Order For Courage 1st class Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Poland Member of the Order of Liberty Member of the Order of Liberty
Vasyl Stus Prize, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Myroslav Frankovych Marynovych (Ukrainian: Миросла́в Фра́нкович Марино́вич, born 4 January 1949, Komarovychi, Staryi Sambir Raion) is a vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, co-founder of Amnesty International Ukraine, and a founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group


Marynovych was born on January 4, 1949, in the village of Komarovychi, in the Lviv Oblast (at the time, it was Drohobych Oblast).

His grandfather was a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and his family was very religious.[1] He attended the Lviv Polytechnical Institute, where he spoke out against the Soviet regime which did not uphold the ideals of Communism.[1] Afterwards he was conscripted into the Soviet Army in which he served 1973-1974.

In 1976, Marynovych met Mykola Matusevych, and became a founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group. Because of his membership, Marynovych was arrested on April 23, 1977, for Anti-Soviet Agitation and Propaganda. The trial and sentencing lasted 11 months, and he was finally convicted and sentenced to the maximum term - 7 years of hard labour and 5 years in exile.[1]

In 1987, he returned to Ukraine, and worked in an oil refinery in Drohobych. He also worked as a reporter in the local newspaper, Halytska Zorya (The Star of Halych; Ukrainian: Галицька Зоря).


Marynovych's first published work came out in 1990, titled The Gospel According to God's Fool.[2] This work had been written while he was serving in exile, and was later translated into German and French.

In 1991, his second work was published, entitled Ukraine on the Margins of the Holy Scripture (Ukrainian: Україна на полі Святого Письма).


  • Маринович, Мирослав; Глузман, Семен; Антонюк, Зиновий (1997). Листи з волі [Letters from freedom] (in Ukrainian). Kiev: Sfera.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Marynovych, Myroslav (2004). An ecumenist analyzes the history and prospects of religion in Ukraine. Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University Press. ISBN 9668197127.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Merdjanova, Ina; Vavilova, Rota; Marynovych, Myroslav (2005). Religion in post-communist Europe. Universitair Centrum Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Among his awards, Myroslav Marynovych received a prize from the journal Suchasnist (“Modernity”) for his political science report “Atoning for Communism” (1993), the Valerii Marchenko award from the Ukrainian-American Bureau for Protection of Human Rights for the best human rights publication (1995), the Vladimir Zhabotinsky Medal for the promotion of inter-ethnic understanding from the Ukraine-Israel Society (1999),[2] the Sergio Vieira de Mello Humanitarian Award (2013),[3] and the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom (2014).[4]

Myroslav Marynovych has received many educational awards, including fellowships at Columbia University (USA), the World Council of Churches (Switzerland), and the Catholic University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands).[2]

State awards



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 МАРИНОВИЧ Мирослав
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 UCU / About UCU / Administration and Senate / Myroslav Marynovych:
  3. "Prize of Sergio de Mello Awarded to Myroslav Marynovych | Ukrainian Catholic University". Retrieved 2015-09-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ukrainian champions of liberty receive 2014 Truman-Reagan Medals of Freedom". Retrieved 2015-09-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>