In Ukraine, the popularity of Dmitry Razumkov, a Member of Parliament and, until recently, the main ideologist of the President’s party, is growing rapidly.
The politician has long been in the shadow of Vladimir Zelensky. After a very successful debut as a political strategist for the winning Servant of the People party, he predictably became Speaker of the newly elected Parliament.
The conflict that arose between him and his party members is a classic example of how a political force created from scratch rejected its creator after it grew stronger and got a taste of power.
Although Razumkov has been on the ruling team for 2.5 years, he can and should be called a politician of the new generation. An intelligent and restrained person who knows how to find a compromise when necessary, he is also a type of politician who’s able to toughly defend the rights of Ukrainians and the state of Ukraine.
Dmitry Razumkov is the figure that the European and world community should look at. He is a man with all the properties of a politician who can bring peace and stability to Ukraine, and restore peace to Europe, disturbed by the aggressive Kremlin actions and the rapacious impulses of President Putin.
Dmitry Razumkov belongs to the generation of people for whom the adoption of European values is not the result of an ideological reform that demanded a revision of his views and preferences.
Formally born during the communist regime, he grew up in an independent Ukraine, free from ideological clichés and entrenched prejudices. He also, unlike politicians 10 years older than him, wasn’t forced to survive in the murky and criminal processes of the “transition period” of the 90s, and that’s his big advantage.
His work biography is as open and flawless as possible. Rather, it’s more open and flawless than is possible in modern Ukrainian reality.
From 2009 to 2011 - worked in management positions in the commercial sector.
From 2013 to 2014 - Advisor to the Head of the Kirovograd Regional State Administration.
From 2015 to 2019 - Director and Managing Partner of the Ukrainian Politconsulting Group consulting company.
In 2019, he is the chief political adviser and head of the headquarters of the presidential candidate of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Since May 2019, he became the head of the “Servant of the People” political party.
In the early parliamentary elections in 2019, he was elected people’s deputy of Ukraine from the Servant of the People party at number 1.
On August 29, 2019, he became the 14th Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, having received a record level of support - 382 votes.
In December 2019, he was included in the rating of “100 Most Influential Ukrainians” according to Focus magazine, taking 7th place.
Member of the National Investment Council (since December 24, 2019).
On December 7, 2020, he was included in the list of Ukrainian individuals against whom the Russian government imposed sanctions.
On October 7, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dismissed Razumkov.
To understand how Dmitry Razumkov differs from the leaders of the main political parties in Ukraine, you need to know that Ukrainian politicians were made politicians by the habit of big money and the phantom ability to “follow the rules”, which consists in denying any rules and also the ability to treat the law with contempt, and political defectors with tolerance and understanding.
Without a realization that politics for them is a business that has nothing to do with duty and patriotism, and the Verkhovna Rada is a narrow circle of people who decide questions of their well-being, it’s impossible to understand what is happening.
Those who sit in the Ukrainian Parliament today are mainly people who got rich during the initial accumulation of capital in the first decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The emergence of such a young and mature politician as Dmitry Razumkov in Ukraine marks the end of the era of their beloved national sport. Moreover, this event foreshadows the departure from the scene of a whole layer of irrelevant political forces.
That’s why Razumkov is a unique and hardly comparable phenomenon. This is the same “new politician of the European type”, whose mask tried on (and still sometimes try on) many new members of the Parliamentary “Business Club”, who differ from their experienced colleagues only by their biological age and dislike of long texts.
Look at the politician Dmitry Razumkov, who made his debut for the first time in the history of the country that he “brought into the building” a confident majority, at his words and deeds, at his silence and his Churchill-style smile, and you will see the same thing that those USSR-born deputies of the protracted Ukrainian past have already understood.
The independent political formation of Dmitry Razumkov takes place at a difficult and alarming time in Ukraine. But when he will firmly and concretely set out his program for the life of the country in today’s catastrophic conditions, there’s no doubt the number of his loyal supporters will grow many times.
When Ukraine lives in anticipation of a saving military dictatorship, he is the only civilian (and even parliamentary!) alternative to this scenario.
Undoubtedly, European and world leaders are already following his movements and listening to his speeches. Dmitry Razumkov may be the person in Ukraine with whom they will soon have to schedule meetings to discuss the development of Ukraine as a European country, the issues of ending the war in Donbas, and tranquility in Europe.