Volodymyr Yavorivsky

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Volodymyr Yavorivsky
Володимир Яворівський
File:Volodymyr Yavorivsky2.jpg
People's Deputy of Ukraine
In office
May 2002 – November 2014[1]
Personal details
Born (1942-10-11) October 11, 1942 (age 79)
Teklivka, Jugastru county, Romania
Nationality Ukrainian
Political party All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland"[2]
Spouse(s) Halyna Oleksandrivna (1946, actress)[3]
Children Son Svyatoslav (1964, journalist), daughter Olesya (1978)[3]
Residence Kiev, Ukraine
Alma mater Odessa State University
Occupation Politician
Profession Poet, writer, journalist
Religion Ukrainian Orthodox
Signature Volodymyr Yavorivsky's signature
Website www.yavorivskyi.org.ua/ (Ukrainian)

Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Yavorivsky (Ukrainian: Володимир Олександрович Яворівський) is a Ukrainian poet, writer, journalist and politician.


Born in 1942 in Crijopol raion of Jugastru county (today part of Vinnytsia Oblast), Yavorivsky graduated from the Odessa State University as a specialist on "Ukrainian language and literature". He worked as an editor on the local radio, as a newspaper reporter ("Zaporizka pravda", "Literaturna Ukraina", "Prapor Yunosti"), a scriptwriter on Lviv television, a literary consultant, a referent of the Writer's Union of Ukraine and as the department chief and deputy editor to Vitchizna Magazine.

In the late 1980s, Yavorivsky began his active political career. He was a people's deputy of the last Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1989–1991 and became one of the founders of People's Movement of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Yavorivsky took active part in defending the rights of the Chernobyl accident victims.

In the 4th Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2002–2006), Volodymyr Yavorivsky belonged to the Our Ukraine fraction and in the 5th and 6th (present) Rada convocation to the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc fraction.[4] In the 2012 parliamentary election he was (re)-elected into parliament by winning a constituency in Kiev for Batkivschyna.[5]

Yavorivsky combined parliamentary functions with the position of the Writer's Union of Ukraine Chairman (appointed October 2001).[3]

In the 2014 parliamentary election Yavorivsky again tried to win a constituency seat in Kiev for Batkivschyna, but failed this time having finished fourth in his constituency with 13.72% of votes.[6][7] Winner of the constituency Boryslav Bereza gained 29.44% of the votes.[7]

Published works

Short story collections

  • A yabluka padayut (The apples are falling), 1968
  • Гроно стиглого винограду (A cluster of mature grapes), 1971

Sketch collections

  • Kryla vygostreni nebom (Wings sharpened by heaven), 1975
  • Tut na zemli (Here on the ground), 1977
  • I v mori pamyatayu dzherelo (Remembering the source even at the sea), 1980
  • Pravo vlasnogo imeni (The right of the own name), 1985
  • Shcho my za narod takyi? (What a people are we?), 2002


  • Z vysoty veresnya (From the height of September), 1984
  • Vichni Kortelisy, 1984


  • Lantsiugova reakciya (Chain reaction), 1978 about Chernobyl
  • Oglyansya z oseni, 1979
  • Avtoportret z uyavy (Biography of Catherine Bilokur), 1980
  • Maria z polynom u kintsi stolittya, 1988, about the Chernobyl disaster
  • Kryza (Crisis), 2000


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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Oles Honchar
Shevchenko National Prize Committee Chair
1996 – 1999
Succeeded by
Ivan Dziuba