Iryna Herashchenko

Iryna Volodymyrivna Herashchenko (Ukrainian: Ірина Володимирівна Геращенко) is a People's Deputy of Ukraine of IX convocation from the European Solidarity party, a politician and journalist of Ukraine. She is a Merited Journalist of Ukraine (2000).[4] Former First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament),[5] also serving as President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbass.

Iryna Herashchenko
Ірина Геращенко
First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada
In office
14 April 2016  29 August 2019
Preceded byAndriy Parubiy
Succeeded byRuslan Stefanchuk
Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on European integration
of the 8th convocation
In office
December 4, 2014  14 April 2016
Preceded byHryhoriy Nemyria
People's Deputy of Ukraine
6th convocation
In office
November 23, 2007  December 12, 2012
ConstituencyOur Ukraine Bloc, No.19[1]
7th convocation
In office
December 12, 2012  November 27, 2014
ConstituencyUDAR, No.6[2]
8th convocation
In office
November 27, 2014  29 August 2019
ConstituencyPetro Poroshenko Bloc, No.9[3]
9th convocation
Assumed office
29 August 2019
ConstituencyEuropean Solidarity, No.3
Personal details
Born (1971-05-15) May 15, 1971 (age 50)
Cherkasy, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyPetro Poroshenko Bloc (2014-present)
Other political
Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (2012-2014)
Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc (2007-2012)
Unaffiliated (2005-2007)

Personal life and education

Born on 15 May 1971 in Cherkasy, Herashchenko graduated from the Kyiv University Department of Journalism in 1993.[4] She is married and has two daughters and a son.[4]


Herashchenko worked as a journalist for Inter and then as a presidential press secretary in 2005–06 for Viktor Yushchenko.[4] In 2006–07, she was a president of the Information Agency UNIAN.[4] In November 2007, she entered parliament for the first time as a member of the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc. For the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary elections, she joined the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform of Vitali Klitschko.[4]

In June 2014, during the war in Donbass, Herashchenko was appointed President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for his Peace plan for Eastern Ukraine.[6] In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, she was re-elected into parliament after being in the top 10 of the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc.[7][8] There she became Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of European integration.[9] On 14 April 2016 Herashchenko was elected First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament).[5]

Acting as deputy Speaker, she was among 322 Ukrainian citizens placed under sanctions by Russia in November 2018.[10]

In the July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election Herashchenko was placed third on the party list of European Solidarity.[11] She was elected to parliament.[12]


According to the electronic declaration, in 2019, Herashchenko received 1210,875 hryvnias (US$44,847) as salary and reimbursement of expenses as deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. On bank accounts, Iryna Herashchenko had 98,333 hryvnias. She also declared US$ 32,500, € 6100, and 135,000 hryvnias in cash. Additionally, Iryna Herashchenko had a collection of paintings, as well as valuable jewellery (Chopard, Piaget). Her husband (Zatsepin Anton) has declared 4 028,356 hryvnias of income (US$149,198) and 2 apartments (total area of 180 m2). Iryna Herashchenko also declared a 2013 Ford Explorer car and a 2015 LEXUS RX200T car.[13]


  1. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VI convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. "People's Deputy of Ukraine of the VIII convocation". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. "Irina Gerashchenko" (in Russian).
  5. Rada appoints Iryna Gerashchenko as first deputy speaker, Interfax-Ukraine (14 April 2016)
  6. "UDAR MP Heraschenko becomes Poroshenko's envoy for peaceful settlement in southeastern Ukraine". Interfax-Ukraine. 17 June 2014.
  7. "General official results of Rada election". Interfax-Ukraine. 11 November 2014.
    "Central Election Commission announces official results of Rada election on party tickets". Interfax-Ukraine. 11 November 2014.
  8. "Геращенко Ірина Володимирівна" [Iryna Volodymyrivna Herashchenko] (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada website.
  9. "Committee on issues of ecological policy, natural resources, and the elimination of the consequences of the Chornobyl Catastrophe" (in Ukrainian). Official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  10. "Помідори Фірташа, Ярош і син Порошенка: проти кого Росія запровадила санкції", BBC News, Ukrainian office
  12. CEC counts 100 percent of vote in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, Ukrinform (26 July 2019)
    (in Russian) Results of the extraordinary elections of the People's Deputies of Ukraine 2019, Ukrayinska Pravda (21 July 2019)
  13. "Declarations: Herashchenko Iryna Volodymyrivna from the NACP". Retrieved 2020-07-08.