Semen Semenchenko

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Semen Semenchenko
Семен Семенченко
Semen Semenchenko with his balaclava removed.jpg
Semenchenko in September 2014
Personal details
Born (1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 47)
Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Citizenship Ukraine
Nationality Russian
Political party Samopomich
Spouse(s) Nataliya Moskovets
Children 3
Alma mater Sevastopol National Technical University
Occupation soldier, politician
People's Deputy of Ukraine
8th convocation
November 27, 2014 – Present
Elected as: Self Reliance, No.2[1]

Semen Ihorovych Semenchenko (Ukrainian: Семен Ігорович Семенченко) is a deputy to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and the commander-founder of the volunteer territorial defence battalion "Donbas", based in Donetsk.[2][3] He was elected to the Verkhovna Rada in 2014.

Personal life

Semenchenko photographed on 2 June 2014 wearing a balaclava which he later removed.

Semenchenko was born as Konstantin Igorevich Grishyn (Russian: Константин Игоревич Гришин) on 6 June 1974 in Sevastopol.[4] He is ethnically Russian.[5][6] He moved to Donetsk at an early age. He has a degree in film-making.[7] He has three sons – Hryhoriy, Mykhailo, and Artem.[4]

Career

According to Semenchenko, he and the other members of the Donbas Battalion gained combat experience in the Ukrainian army or Soviet Army.[7] He said he worked in "business activities in the field of security" before the war in Donbass.[3] Semenchenko, the founder of the Donbas Battalion, said in May 2014: "Our state needs defending, and we decided that if the army could not do it, we should do it ourselves."[3][7]

On 19 August 2014, Semenchenko was wounded by shrapnel when his forces were hit by mortar fire before entering the town of Ilovaysk, 18 kilometers east of Donetsk. He underwent an emergency surgery and recovered slowly.[5] He was later awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky by the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.[8] During 2014 he was always photographed while wearing a balaklava. Removing it on 1 September 2014, he stated, "I was never afraid, I was worried about my family; they are now safe and I'm not afraid."[9][10]

Semenchenko made his entry into national politics prior to the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election. Appearing second on the party list of Samopomich, he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada.[11][12]

Semenchenko was the Samopomich candidate in the 27 March 2016 early mayoral election in Kryvyi Rih. With 10.92% of the vote he lost this election to Yuriy Vilkul (who won the re-election with 74.18%.[13]

References

  1. "CEC registers 357 newly elected deputies of 422". National Radio Company of Ukraine. November 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    "Parliament to form leadership and coalition on November 27". UNIAN. November 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Donbas battalion commander: "Our format is a compromise between state agencies and the voluntary movement. We want to change our country"". The Ukrainian Week. June 11, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Семен Семенченко: Донбасс накрыла преступная сеть регионалов, коммунистов и криминалитета (in русский). Glavcom. May 22, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Semen Semenchenko". Self Reliance.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • "АВТОБІОГРАФІЯ" [Autobiography] (PDF) (in Ukrainian). Self Reliance. September 12, 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Snowiss, Mark (September 16, 2014). "Ukraine's Donbas Battalion Commander Seeks US Support". Voice of America.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Chalupa, Irena (June 5, 2014). "In the Fight With Russia, Can Volunteer Battalions Save Ukraine?". Atlantic Council.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Walker, Shaun (May 15, 2014). "Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms". The Guardian. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Семенченко представят к ордену Богдана Хмельницкого" (in Russian). Gordon.ua. August 19, 2014. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Семенченко зняв балаклаву". Ukrayinska Pravda (in українська). September 1, 2014. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Яценюк привіз орден Семенченку в лікарню". Ukrayinska Pravda (in українська). September 1, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Ukraine Votes On Oct. 26 To Elect New Parliament". Kyiv Post. October 24, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Народний депутат України VIII скликання: Семенченко Семен Ігорович" (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. (Ukrainian) VILKUL oath mayor of Kryviy Rih, Ukrayinska Pravda (31 March 2016)

External links

Media related to Semen Semenchenko at Wikimedia Commons

External video
Semenchenko removing his Balaclava in an 1 September 2014 press conference