Yuriy Boyko

Yuriy Anatoliyovych Boyko (Ukrainian: Юрій Анатолійович Бойко) is a Ukrainian politician, former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine,[4] and a former Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine. He is considered one of the main supporters of closer integration between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Hero of Ukraine (2004).[5]

Yuriy Boyko
Юрій Анатолійович Бойко
Boyko in 2018
Vice Prime Minister[lower-alpha 1]
In office
24 December 2012  27 February 2014
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byBorys Kolesnikov (partially)
Succeeded bypost disbanded[lower-alpha 2]
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry[1]
In office
11 March 2010  12 December 2012
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byYuriy Prodan
Succeeded byEduard Stavytsky
Minister of Fuel and Energy
In office
4 August 2006  18 December 2007
Prime MinisterViktor Yanukovych
Preceded byIvan Plachkov
Succeeded byEduard Stavytsky
Chairman of Naftohaz Ukrayiny
In office
January 2002  2 March 2005
Preceded byVadym Kopylov
Succeeded byOleksiy Ivchenko
Personal details
Yuriy Anatoliyovych Boyko

(1958-10-09) 9 October 1958 (age 62)
Horlivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyOpposition Platform — For life[2]
Other political
Opposition Bloc
Party of Regions[3]
Republican Party of Ukraine
Children3 sons
3 daughters
Alma materEast Ukraine University
Russian University of Mendeleev
Yuriy Boyko and Alexey Miller in June 2012
Yuriy Boyko in the Verkhovna Rada (2018)


Yuriy Boyko was born on 9 October 1958, in Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.[6][7][8] He is married, together with his wife Vera he is raising 6 children.[9] Boyko plays ice hockey, football, likes waterskiing and windsurfing.[7] Allegedly Boyko and controversial businessman Dmytro Firtash "are close associates".[10][11][12][13]


In 1981 Boyko graduated from the Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology named after Dmitry Mendeleev (with qualification of chemical engineer), and in 2001 he graduated from East-Ukrainian University (with qualification of engineer-economist).[6][8]


  • 1981 to 1999 - started as master at industrial site, then has risen to the Director General of the chemical plant "Zarya" in Rubezhnoye
  • 1999 to 2001 - Director General of JSC "Lisichansknefteorgsintez" (Lisichansk Refinery)
  • August 2001 to February 2002 - Chairman of the Management Board of JSC "Ukrtatnafta" (Kremenchug refinery)
  • in February 2002 Yuriy Boyko was appointed the Chairman of NAC "Naftogaz-Ukraine", and led the company until March 2005
  • July 2003 - March 2005 - first Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine


Boyko was deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy in the cabinet of Viktor Yanukovych (21 November 2002 – 7 December 2004).[14] Late July 2004 he was appointed in a coordination committee for RosUkrEnergo.[14] On April 23, 2005 Boyko was elected the Chairman of the Republican Party of Ukraine (RPU). During Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2006, the RPU joined the Opposition Bloc "Ne Tak!", yet they did not succeed to reach the 3% election threshold required by law. In the summer of 2005 President Viktor Yushchenko prevented Boyko to be arrested for abuse of office while heading Naftogaz.[15][16] This arrest had been ordered by Security Service of Ukraine Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov.[15][16] On 4 August 2006, he was appointed the Minister of Fuel and Energy (in the government of Viktor Yanukovych).[6] On 18 December 2007 Boyko was dismissed as Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine due to the election to the 6th parliamentary elections.[17]
November 2007 - March 2010 - People's Deputy of Ukraine, the 6th convocation of Verkhovna Rada, elected from the Party of Regions in the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2007.

On 11 March 2010 Boyko was appointed the Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine (in Mykola Azarov government)[18]

On 9 December 2010, due to the optimization of the system of central executive power in Ukraine (a.k.a. reorganization of ministries) President of Ukraine V. Yanukovych dismissed Boyko from the position of Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine[19] and appointed him the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.

According to a newspaper "Dzerkalo Tyzhnia" ("The Weekly Mirror"),[20][21] in 2011 Yuriy Boyko was cited confirming the purchase of a modern offshore drilling platform from Singapore. Dzerkalo Tyzhnia conduct and investigation into the tender surrounding the offshore platform, which HIGHWAY INVESTMENT PROCESSING LLC, a supposed offshore shell from Wales, UK was the winner. The article stated that the Ukrainian State company Chornomornaftogaz, engaged in offshore oil and gas production in Azov and Black Sea, paid over $400M for a drilling rig that costs $248M (suggested manufacturer price). Using Google Street View, journalists cited that HIGHWAY INVESTMENT PROCESSING LLC appears to be situated in an equipment store on the outskirts of Cardiff, Wales.[22] HIGHWAY INVESTMENTS LLC was further cited in the media as going through liquidation, however, the authorities suspended the liquidation process due to an investigation.[23] Official records with United Kingdoms Companies House indicate the company was incorporated on 12 December 2008 and is currently listed as active.[24] Throughout the whole affair, Yuriy Boyko denied fraud allegations surrounding the purchase, citing additional equipment and movement costs and a "report from Halliburton" confirming the price of $400M.[25] Boyko labeled the "Dzerkalo Tyzhnia" journalists as "liars," "Dzerkalo Tyzhnia" in turn filed a lawsuit against Mr. Boyko which the Ukrainian court did not accept and the case is currently in appeals.[26] Meanwhile, the affair has sparked a scandal in Norway where Seadrill was accused of insufficient due diligence and KYC on its shell customer HIGHWAY INVESTMENT PROCESSING LLC.[27]

On 24 December 2012, Boiko was appointed a Vice Prime Minister in sphere of ecology, natural resources, energy, coal industry and industrial policy. On 23 May 2013, the space sector was added to his functions.[28]

On 29 March 2014, a Party of Regions convention supported Mykhailo Dobkin's nomination as a presidential candidate,[3] and on 7 April 2014, the political council of that party expelled Boyko from the party.[3] In the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election Boyko received 0.19% of the vote.[29]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election he was again re-elected into parliament; this time heading the electoral list of Opposition Bloc.[30][31]

On 14 November 2016, he physically attacked politician Oleh Lyashko after being called a "Kremlin agent."[32]

On 9 November 2018, Boyko and the party For life signed an agreement for cooperation in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election and the parliamentary election of the same year called Opposition Platform-For life.[33][2] The same day Opposition Bloc leading members Vadym Novynskyi and Borys Kolesnikov claimed the agreement was a "personal initiative" of Boyko and that Opposition Bloc had not taken any decisions on cooperation with For life.[34] On 17 November 2018 Opposition Platform-For life nominated Boyko as its candidate in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.[2] Boyko was excluded from the Opposition Bloc faction (the reason given was) "because they betrayed their voters" interests on 20 November 2018.[35] Boyko's official nomination by Opposition Platform-For life was announced on 17 November.[36] Because Opposition Platform-For life was not yet registered as a party in January 2019 it could not nominate him as a presidential candidate.[36][37] Hence on 17 January 2019 Boyko submitted documents to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine for registration as a self-nominated candidate.[36] In the election Boyko took fourth place with 11.67% of the total vote.[38]


  • 22 August 2004 - title Hero of Ukraine and the Order of the State, for outstanding personal service to the development of Ukrainian fuel and energy complex, and long-term commitment[5]
  • 22 May 2003 - Order of Merit, III class, for good results in work and significant personal contribution to the development of oil and gas industry in Ukraine[39]
  • Order of Saint Seraphim of Sarov of the II class[40]


In June 2019, before the parliamentary elections in Verkhovna Rada, Boyko ranked first among potential prime ministers (13%), defeating Tymoshenko (11%) and Groysman (10%).


He has three sons and three daughters.


  1. on ecology and energy complexes
  2. later reinstated and headed by Volodymyr Kistion


  1. Initially as Minister of Fuel and Energy
  2. (in Ukrainian) The association of Boyko-Rabinovich was determined with the presidential candidate, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 November 2018)
  3. Ukraine's Party of Regions expels presidential hopefuls Tigipko, Tsariov and Boiko, Interfax-Ukraine (7 April 2014)
  4. Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)
  5. http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=978/2004
  6. "Бойко Юрий". LIGA. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  7. "Бойко Юрій. ДОСЬЄ". Досьє. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. "Юрий Бойко". bestpeople.com.ua. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. http://novynar.com.ua/files/people/boyko/310465
  10. Russian Patriarch prays for Yanukovych, honors Firtash and Boyko (updated), Kyiv Post (October 2, 2011)
  11. Balmaceda, Margarita Mercedes (2008). Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union: Russia's Power, Oligarchs' Profits and Ukraine's Missing Energy Policy, 1995-2006. Routledge. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-415-43779-0.
  12. The Underbelly of Ukrainian Gas Dealings, Der Spiegel (30 December 2010)
  13. Socor, Vladimir (25 March 2010). "Naftohaz Ukrainy Management Change Indicates Turn to Russia". Georgian Daily. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012.
  14. How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy by Anders Åslund, Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2009, ISBN 978-0-88132-427-3 (page 170)
  15. Gas Lobby Takes Control of Ukrains Secret Service by Taras Kuzio (18 March 2010)
  16. Ukraine: Battle Against Corruption Grinds To A Halt, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (September 26, 2005)
  17. http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=9-17
  18. http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=1968-17
  19. http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=1092%2F2010
  20. "Dzerkalo Tyzhnia". VoxEurop.eu. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  21. http://zn.ua/POLITICS/vyshka_dlya_boyko-81790.html
  22. Цензор.НЕТ. "Новая афера Бойко: теперь вышку "Нафтогазу" продает старая рижская судоверфь и магазин сантехники из Уэльса. ФОТО". Цензор.НЕТ. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  23. "ТВі: Прокуратура Великобританії почала розслідування, яке стосується закупівлі Україною бурової вишки". ua.korrespondent.net. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  24. "Failure Page". wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  25. "СМИ: Бойко не смог документально подтвердить прозрачность покупки своей нефтяной вышки". ukranews_com. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  26. "Новости Украины. Последние новости за сегодня онлайн. Все свежие новости - LIGA.net". news.liga.net. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  27. Stack, Graham (19 April 2012). "Ukraine's murky Black Sea tenders cast shadow over Norway". Business News Europe. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  28. President charges Vice Premier Boiko with duties in space sector, Interfax-Ukraine (23 May 2013)
  29. "Poroshenko wins presidential election with 54.7% of vote - CEC". Radio Ukraine International. 29 May 2014.
    Результаты выборов Президента Украины 2014 [Results of the Presidential Elections of Ukraine 2014] (in Russian). telegraf.com.ua. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014.
  30. Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived November 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Ukrinform (8 November 2014)
    "People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC". Interfax-Ukraine. 8 November 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014.
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  31. (in Ukrainian) electoral list of Opposition Block, Ukrayinska Pravda (19 September 2014)
  32. SEE IT: Ukrainian lawmaker punches colleague in brawl at parliament meeting, NY Daily News (14 November 2016)
  33. Two Russia-friendly parties join forces for presidential election, Kyiv Post (9 November 2018)
  34. (in Ukrainian) Boyko's decision to merge with Rabinovich does not concern the "Opposition" - Novinsky, Ukrayinska Pravda (9 November 2018)
  35. Boiko, Loovochkin excluded from Opposition Bloc faction for betraying voters' interests — Vilkul, Interfax-Ukraine (20 November 2018)
  36. (in Ukrainian) Boyko began registering as a presidential candidate, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 November 2018)
  37. (in Ukrainian) FOR LIFE Who is Vadim Rabinovich to whom? by Ukrayinska Pravda/Civil movement "Chesno" (2017)
  38. First round results of the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  39. http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/cgi-bin/laws/main.cgi?nreg=432/2003
  40. "Предстоятель Русской Церкви совершил освящение Свято-Троицкого собора Вознесенского Банченского монастыря и Божественную литургию в новоосвященном храме / Новости / Патриархия.ru". Патриархия.ru. Retrieved 2 April 2019.