Tetiana Mykolayivna Chornovol (also Chornovil, June 4, 1979, Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR) is a people’s deputy of Ukraine of the 8th convocation, Ukrainian journalist and public figure, ex-correspondent of information and analytical publications ‘Levyy Bereg’, ‘Ukrayinska Pravda’, ‘Obozrevatel’. She is known in Ukraine due to resonant investigation of the corruption schemes of the regime of Viktor Yanukovych, actions on Maidan, which took place during the Revolution of Dignity. An attempt on Chornovol during the Maidan has received a great deal of attention both in Ukrainian society and in the international community. After the Maidan, Chornovol organized the opening of the case for confiscation of assets of Yanukovych into the State Budget of Ukraine.
She is a member of the parliamentary faction of the ‘People’s Front’ political party, as well as the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense. In the past she used to be the Government Commissioner for Anti-Corruption Policy and the Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
From 1998 to October 2013 worked as a journalist. Her works were published in ‘PIK’, ‘Obozrevatel’, ‘Levyy Bereg’, ‘Ukrayinska Pravda’.
In 2001 he graduated from the journalism faculty of Kyiv International Institute.
In 2006, she initiated a resonance investigation on the residence ‘Mezhyhirya’.
According to Chornovol, one of her greatest achievements in journalism is the article ‘Robbery of the Century. Who has removed from the Naftogaz three KamAZs of hundred dollar banknotes? ‘(2013). This publication stopped the criminal transfer to the state-owned Naftogaz of the Ukrgazenergo, which is controlled by Firtash, with a volume of gas worth $ 2 billion.
In 2014 the Foreign Policy magazine included Chornovol into top 100 thinkers – people who changed the world. She was awarded in the nomination ‘Those who defy’ for her fight against the Yanukovych regime and corruption.
On March 5, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed her a government commissioner on anticorruption policy.
On September 4, 2014, she was appointed full-time adviser to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Participated in the defence of Mariupol on September 5, 2014.
In 2015, she became the protagonist of the documentary “The Turning Point” by well-known directors: American Mark Jonathan Harris and Ukrainian Oles Sanin. The film is on how Ukrainians defended their country during the Revolution of Dignity and Russian military aggression.
She lives in the village Hora in the Boryspil district of Kyiv region.
She is a widow. Her deceased husband Mykola Berezovyi, was a public and political figure, leader of the UDAR party in the city of Horlivka. He also was a volunteer of special police battalion “Azov”. On August 10, 2014, he was shot by a sniper in a battle near Ilovaysk while saving a wounded soldier.
She has two children: daughter – Ivanna Berezova (2003) and son Ustym Berezovyi (2010).
Revolutionary activity during Maidan
On November 25, 2013, on European Square Chornovol got into a car, that was used by the SSU (Security Service of Ukraine) to listen to opposition leaders. As a result, the equipment for listening was destroyed by the protesters.
On December 1, 2013, Chornovol organized a capture of the protesters of the Kyiv City State Administration. After capture, the main point of the Maidan’s headquarters was located in the column of the KCSA hall, which hosted mainly activists of the ‘Svoboda’ political party.
On December 8, 2013, Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned Chornovol about preparing for her arrest, and offered help to escape and hide abroad, which she refused of. Instead, Chornovol activated her actions in Avtomaidan. She was the initiator of the Avtomaidan trip to Viktor Medvedchuk’s estate.
On February 18, 2013, after the shooting of the Maidan protesters in the Mariyinsky Park began, she initiated the capture of the Office of the Party of Regions on Lypska street.
An attempt on Tetyana Chornovol
On December 25, 2013, an attempt on Chornovol was made on a suburban highway in the direction of Boryspil near the village Hora – on her way home. The network has been published video recorder from the car Chevrolet Aveo owned by Tetyana. The video shows how the black Porsche Cayenne rams Aveo. Passengers of Porsche belonging to Oleksandr Khramtsov, were five young men in sportswear. When Chornovol’s car stalled, she was beaten unconsciously and left in a ditch. She was found by RPS officers, when they came to inspect the empty car, abandoned in the midst of Boryspil highway.
Tatyana Chornovol stated that the attack on her was made on the order of Viktor Yanukovych.
In February 2014, a personal dossier for Tetyana Chornovol was found at the residence of the ex-president in Mezhyhirya, as well as notes from the Chief of the Security Service of Yanukovych Kostyantyn Kobzar with the records of Chornovol. These records may indicate his direct involvement in surveillance and brutal beatings.
At the same time, the criminal investigation has only established the perpetrators of an assassination attempt and one of the organizers. The last one is the criminal authority of Dniprodzerzhynsk Oleg Netrebko, who, according to the investigation, could point out to other organizers and customers, was hanged in the Lukyanivska SIZO shortly after the extradition from Belarus in June 2017.
Activity in the Verkhovna Rada
In 2014 she was elected a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
In 2015, she initiated a criminal prosecution of People’s Deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko and the head of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov on behalf of NABU for non-payment of the billions of taxes on gas and oil extraction of firms under the control of Onyshchenko, as well as the illegal restructuring of these debts to Nasirov.
Tetyana started her own investigation of crimes committed by Onyschenko from the visit to his office in Myronivka.
During the Verkhovna Rada voting for the cancelling of deputies’ immunity of Onyshchenko, Chornovol symbolically came in a sweater with horses – Onyshchenko is a famous horse fan.
On December 22, 2016, Tetyana Chornovol’s bill 5129 was adopted, which destroyed the scheme for obtaining extra profits by alternative energy companies created by the Klyuyev brothers during the Yanukovych regime.
As a member of the National Security and Defense Committee, she was focused on budget financing of defense plants for the repair and modernization of armored vehicles, tanks and artillery.
Together with the chairman of the committee, Serhii Pashynskyi, in 2015, initiated a bill on the special confiscation of Yanukovych’s assets in the state budget in the form of bonds worth $ 1.5 billion, arrested in the banks of Ukraine after the Maidan. For more than two years Chornovol has been struggling to confiscate these funds, which was only made in May 2017. Chornovol was the author of a number of bills (3025, 4057, 4811, 4890, 5557), which established the legal mechanism for the confiscation of these funds, and also inherited the laws of many Western European countries regarding the confiscation of unjustified assets. However, no bill was supported by the Verkhovna Rada. Chornovol stated about the influence of such people from Yanukovych’s environment as Andriy Portnov, Sergiy Kurchenko, and Oleksandr Onyschenko in order to prevent the confiscation of these assets.
In 2016, it even led to the suspension of factories for the repair and modernization of military equipment.
In appointing a new Attorney General, the group of Oleksandr Turchynov in the People’s Front fraction, which member Chornovol is, initiated an agreement to support Yuriy Lutsenko’s candidacy in exchange for a ‘special confiscation’.
Prosecutor General’s Office of Yuriy Lutsenko succeeded in May 2017 – $ 1.5 billion were confiscated into the State Budget of Ukraine as part of the investigation into the actions of the criminal organization of ex-president Yanukovych, with the efforts of prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulyk.
However, the fact of the confiscation of Yanukovych’s assets was harshly criticized by a number of public anti-corruption organizations in Ukraine. Chornovol said that this was due to the fact that lawyers, who at the time of Yanukovych legally accompanied the regime’s corruption schemes (in particular, the schemes of Kurchenko), after the Maidan began to work in public anticorruption organizations.
This caused Chornovol to initiate known amendments to the Law No. 6172 ‘On Prevention of Corruption’, which obliged public officials of public anticorruption organizations to submit e-declarations.
In 2017, Tetyana Chornovol strongly criticized the blockade of trade with companies located in Some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. She tried to influence the public opinion, which, in her belief, falsely supported the so-called blockade on blood’. The MP spoke at rallies in Avdiivka, Kramatorsk, and Mariupol.
According to Chornovol, this blockade was initiated by the FSS. It leveled Ukraine’s tactical victory in the hybrid war. After all, factories and mines located in the occupied territory, but paid taxes to the budget of Ukraine, as well as supplied raw materials and scarce anthracite for enterprises in Ukraine, went under the control of an aggressor state.