Viktor Gonchar

Viktor Gonchar

Belarusian politician.
Date of Birth: 07.09.1957
Country: Belarus

  1. Biography of Viktor Gonchar
  2. Political Career
  3. Disappearance
  4. Viktor Gonchar was married and had a son.

Biography of Viktor Gonchar

Viktor Gonchar, a Belarusian politician, was born on September 7, 1957, in the village of Radichevo in the Sluts'k district of the Minsk region. He completed his education at the Belarusian State University in 1979, specializing in law. In 1986, he obtained a candidate of legal sciences degree with his dissertation on "Intra-corporate calculation in industry (Legal organization)". Gonchar also served as a professor of international private law at the Belarusian State Economic University.

Political Career

Gonchar was elected as a deputy of the Supreme Soviet in the 12th and 13th convocations. He also held positions as the Vice Prime Minister and the Secretary-General of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In April 1994, he ran for the Constitutional Court of Belarus, but failed to gain the support of the majority of deputies.

During the presidential elections in 1994, Gonchar was part of Alexander Lukashenko's team. After Lukashenko's victory, Gonchar was appointed as the Vice Prime Minister of the Belarusian government. However, he was soon dismissed from his position and joined the opposition to President Lukashenko, becoming a member of the United Civil Party. He was also a member of the Party of People's Accord from 1992 to 1995 and the United Civil Party, serving on its Political Council since 1995. Gonchar was elected as a deputy of the Supreme Soviet in the 13th convocation and was appointed as the Chairman of the Central Election Commission.

Gonchar actively opposed Lukashenko during the November 1996 referendum and refused to recognize its results. He led the alternative Central Election Commission during the alternative presidential elections in 1999. On July 21, 1999, Gonchar was elected as the Acting Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus, replacing Semyon Sharetsky, who was recognized as the Acting President.


On September 16, 1999, Viktor Gonchar, the First Vice Speaker of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus, and the Chairman of the Central Election Commission, disappeared without a trace in Minsk. He was returning home with his friend, businessman Anatoly Krasovsky. Later, fragments of the car's glass and blood of the abducted individuals were found on the presumed location of the abduction on Fabrichnaya Street.

On December 5, 2002, the Soviet District Court of Minsk declared Gonchar missing. The Prosecutor's Office of Minsk suspended the investigation of criminal cases related to the disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko, Viktor Gonchar, and Anatoly Krasovsky in January 2003.

Viktor Gonchar was married and had a son.