Ihor Palytsia

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Ihor Palytsia
Ігор Палиця
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Governor of Odessa Oblast
In office
6 May 2014[1] – 30 May 2015[2]
Preceded by Volodymyr Nemyrovsky[1]
Succeeded by Mikheil Saakashvili
Personal details
Born (1972-12-10) December 10, 1972 (age 46)[3]
Lutsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union[3]
Political party UKROP[4] (before July 2015 Independent[5][6])

Ihor Palytsia (Ukrainian: Ігор Палиця) is a Ukrainian businessmen and politician. From May 2014 till May 2015[7] he worked as Governor of Odessa Oblast.[5][1] Since November 2015 Palytsia is chairman of the Volyn Oblast regional parliament.[4][6]


Palytsia was born 10 December 1972 in Lutsk.[3] In 1994, he graduated from the Lesya Ukrainka East European National University in his place of birth.[3] Since 1993 he has been a businessman and he was a board member of (the national oil and gas company of Ukraine) Naftogaz from 2003 till 2007.[3] In the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary election he was elected MP (as #68 on the party list) of Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc.[3] In the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election he was elected with 40.27% of the votes in simple-majority constituency #22 (situated in Lutsk) as a non-party affiliate.[8] He did not enter any faction in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament).[9]

Palytsia was appointed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Governor of Odessa Oblast on 6 May 2014, 4 days after the 2 May 2014 Odessa clashes that killed more than 40 people.[10][1][5][11]

In the spring of 2014, the Ukrainian press mentioned Palytsia as being close to Ukrainian oligarch (and then fellow Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast[12]) Ihor Kolomoyskyi.[10][5][9]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Palytsia was again re-elected into parliament; this time after placing 34th on the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc.[13][14] He stayed on as Governor till 30 May 2015 when President Poroshenko appointed Mikheil Saakashvili Governor of Odessa Oblast.[2][15]

In July 2015 Palytsia became a member of the political council of the party UKROP.[6] On 26 November 2015 he was elected chairman of the Volyn Oblast regional parliament.[6][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Nemyrovsky dismissed as head of Odesa regional administration, Interfax-Ukraine (6 May 2014)
  2. ^ a b "Saakashvili Confirmed As Governor Of Ukraine's Odesa Region". RFE/RL. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
    Georgian ex-President Saakashvili named Ukraine regional governor , BBC News (30 May 2015)
  3. ^ a b c d e f (in Ukrainian) Short bio,
  4. ^ a b c "Austrian ski resort of Semmering losing faith in Ukrainian oligarch investors". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) Governor of Odessa Region appointed Ihor Palytsia, LIGA (6 May 2014)
  6. ^ a b c d (in Ukrainian) "Short biograph". LB.ua. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ http://www.president.gov.ua/documents/19532.html
  8. ^ (in Ukrainian) Results constituency #22, NBnews
  9. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Turchynov gave the Odessa area to Kolomoyskiy's man, Ukrayinska Pravda (6 May 2014)
  10. ^ a b Kiev hands Odessa post to new governor in effort to end uprising, Financial Times (6 May 2014)
  11. ^ How did Odessa's fire happen?, BBC News (6 May 2014)
  12. ^ Putin Gets Personal in Ukraine, Bloomberg View (Mar 4, 2014)
  13. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 2014-11-12 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 Archived 2014-11-12 at the Wayback Machine., Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
  14. ^ (in Ukrainian) Full electoral list of Poroshenko Bloc, Ukrayinska Pravda (19 September 2014)
  15. ^ The head YEAH Igor Palitsa decided to undergo procedure of lustration (17 December 2014)
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