Russian politician who is best recognized for having served as Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. He is also known for having previously served as the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.
He attended the University of Lviv where he earned his degree in history. He then attended the State University Lviv Polytechnic where he earned his masters in Political Science. He launched into politics in 2004 when he joined the Orange Revolution.
He was honored with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Cross of St. Anthony.
He was born and raised in Chervonohrad, Ukrainian SSR.