Dmytro Bulatov

Dmytro Bulatov (Ukrainian: Дмитро Сергійович Булатов; August 13, 1978 in Kyiv) is a Ukrainian civic activist who was Minister of Youth and Sports in the 2014 Yatsenyuk Government.

Dmytro Bulatov
Дмитро Булатов
Dmytro Bulatov in March 2014
2nd Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine
In office
27 February 2014[1]  2 December 2014[2]
Prime MinisterArseniy Yatsenyuk
Preceded byRavil Safiullin
Succeeded byIhor Zhdanov[2]
Personal details
Дмитро Сергійович Булатов

(1978-08-13) August 13, 1978 (age 42)
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR
ResidenceKyiv, Ukraine
EducationKyiv Polytechnic Institute
Occupationactivist, AutoMaidan's leader
Known forbeing tortured due to his civil position in favour of Euromaidan

Bulatov was an activist and leader of the AutoMaidan, which was the mobile car-based arm of the anti-government Euromaidan movement. He is also in charge of the "Socially responsible society" NGO. Due to his activism, he was kidnapped and tortured outside the villas of Ukrainian government and business figures.[3]


Dmytro Bulatov is a graduate of the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". In 2001, he graduated from the Electronics Department with a degree in Engineering of Microelectronics and Semiconductor Devices.

Between 1998 and 2014, Dmytro Bulatov had his own business and held key positions in state and private companies. He worked as the Director of the Tsentr-K Private Enterprise (1998-2003, hotel industry), as the Chief of Q-Service Group of Companies (2003-2007, marketing, advertisement and design), as the Deputy Director of ITERA Group of Companies (2007-2008, building activity), the Director of “Promlohistyka” LLC (2008-2009, metallurgy), and as the Director of “Torhovo-Promyslovyi Holding” LLC (2009-2010, oil and gas trade). In conjunction with this, he held consulting activities in the areas of marketing, advertisement and sales. Between 2010 and 2013, he was the owner of Stolnik Autocenter, but after certain events, the business vector was changed and Bulatov began to work mainly in consulting.

Between May and October 2010, he worked as the Director of the “Ukrrybproekt” Designing Institute for Fisheries and Fishery Industry and in the State Committee of Fishing of Ukraine under the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine. During this half of the year, he turned the institute from a losing organisation to a profitable one.

Dmytro Bulatov was also active in wakeboarding and took part in All-Ukrainian competitions.

At the beginning of 2013, he created the “Socially Responsible Society” NGO. Together with the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum, this organisation began the National Philanthropists Top List. In April 2013, Bulatov was one of the organizers of dismantling of alcohol sale points in Muromets Park in Kyiv. In September 2013, he agitated for the prohibition of alcohol festivals held at playgrounds.

After Dmytro Bulatov’s son of 12 years old had gotten stuck in an open drain at the crossing of Zdolbunovska Street and Hryhorenka Street (Kyiv, Pozniaky Microdistrict) while riding a bicycle and had told about it to his father, Dmytro Bulatov, together with other activists, also came to grips with the problem of open drain covers. In autumn 2013, his organisation, at its own expense, covered dangerous open drain covers with grates and fibreglass lids that were made by Bulatov and his automobile repair shop. Such fibreglass lids were cheaper and could not be sent for scrap. Dmytro Bulatov continually appeared before mass media with an appeal to fix such lids.

Dmytro Bulatov is married and has three children.


On November 30, 2014, Dmytro Bulatov found out about the forceful dispersal of Euromaidan and, together with his friend Oleksii Hrytsenko, decided to organise a car run across Kyiv in order to involve people in the protest. On the first day, about 300 drivers partook in the action. On the morning of December 1, Bulatov gathered with other participants (most notably Vasyl Futin, Tetiana Chornovol, Andrii Dzidzia, Volodymyr Kadura, and others) to delegate responsibility. This was the beginning of AutoMaidan.

Bulatov was the organizer and took part in most of AutoMaidan’s actions, particularly in a drive to Mezhyhiria, in visits to other high-ranking person and troop leader of “Berkut”, and also in blocking of “Berkut” in Sviatoshynskyi District, Kyiv.


On January 22, 2014, during Eurorevolution in Ukraine, the activists of[3] AutoMaidan announced that Bulatov went missing. The last time Bulatov got in touch was the evening of January 22. On January 23, at approximate four o'clock in the morning, “Berkut” arrested a minimum of 15 activists of AutoMaidan who patrolled Hospital No. 17 in Kyiv and piled up nine cars. AutoMaidan announced a reward of ten thousand US dollars for information to help find Dmytro Bulatov and save his life. Subsequently, this amount was increased up to twenty-five thousand US dollars.[4]

On January 30, Bulatov got in touch with friends and claimed he had been kidnapped, and terribly tortured by captors who spoke with Russian accents. After these terrible tortures, he was brought outside the city and thrown out of a car.

Bulatov managed to get to the Village of Vyshenky, Boryspil district.[5] and asked for help. The same day, Bulatov was admitted to the Boris Clinic, where he received first medical care. According to Petro Poroshenko, Dmytro Bulatov, Oleksandr Danyliuk, and Oleksii Hrytsenko (participant of AutoMaidan) were entered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine into the foreign travel ban list. This list was observed by the frontier guards. On February 2, Shevchenko District Court in the City of Kyiv rejected to uphold a motion of investigation to arrest Dmytro Bulatov. That same day, Bulatov went to Lithuania to be treated there in transit through Riga.

On 6 February 2014, while undergoing treatment in Lithuania, Bulatov stated at a press conference in Vilnius that he was tortured to admit that his organisation was funded and aided by Americans and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, especially, and that he was hired to organise the Automaidan and the riots against the current government.[6] During the press conference, Bulatov repeatedly stressed that he believed he was abducted by the Russian special forces and that the leader of Ukrainian Choice, oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, might have been involved in his abduction. After one session of torture, "they made me say into a camera that I was a spy for the United States, that I was a spy for the CIA, that Americans were giving me money, that Automaidan was funded by Americans, and that I was specifically hired to organize the Automaidan and the riots against the current government." Bulatov also said: "After this torture, I said to the camera everything they asked me to say, and they recorded it all on video. I said that the U.S. ambassador gave me $50,000, which I used to buy gasoline for the Automaidan, to repair cars for the Automaidan activists, for whom I had bought several video cameras to film trips. That is, I lied only to get them to torture me less."[6]

The kidnapping of Bulatov was widely condemned, including by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.[7]

Fresh from medical care in Lithuania, Bulatov went to Germany to visit his relatives. On 15 February 2014, he held a press conference at Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin where he again accused Medvedchuk of his kidnapping, but said: “That’s only a suspicion.” He confirmed that he would re-join protests in Ukraine and would not seek asylum.[8]

On February 24, Dmytro Bulatov returned to Ukraine.

Now, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine is carrying out an investigation into the kidnapping of Dmytro Bulatov. Operational-Investigations Group is investigating five cases, including intimidation in relation to social and political activity.


On February 2014 Dmytro Bulatov was appointed Minister for Youth and Sports in the first Yatsenyuk Government.[1][9] He began reforms in the areas of sports and physical culture. On the 2 December 2014 appointed second Yatsenyuk Government he did not return.[2][10][11] Bulatov also did not participate in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[12]

Six months the end of his minstership, Bulatov was drafted into the Ukrainian army, where he fought in the War in Donbass until his draft period ended in July 2016.[13]

In the summer of 2018 Bulatov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the State Reserve Agency.[13] He was fired from this position in September 2019.[13]


Political offices
Preceded by
Ravil Safiullin
Minister of Youth and Sports
Succeeded by
Ihor Zhdanov