Vladimir Malincovich

Vladimir Malincovich

Ukrainian political scientist and political strategist, human rights activist, participant in the dissident movement
Date of Birth: 28.08.1940
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Vladimir Malinkovich
  2. Early Career
  3. Activism and Persecution
  4. Emigration and Return

Biography of Vladimir Malinkovich

Vladimir Malinkovich is a Ukrainian political scientist, political technologist, human rights activist, and participant in the dissident movement. He was born on August 28, 1940, in the city of Sumy in a Jewish-Ukrainian family. His father was in the military. After finishing school, Malinkovich worked as a lathe operator at the Kyiv "Kinal" factory for two years. He then entered the Law Faculty of Leningrad University, where he was actively involved in public activities. After the exposure of Stalinism and the events in Hungary in 1956, Malinkovich stopped following the "party line" and completely distanced himself from the authorities after the "Sinyavsky-Daniel" case in 1965. He was expelled from the university in 1961 for active student activities but later resumed his studies at the Kyiv Medical Institute, which he graduated from in 1967.

Early Career

In 1967, Malinkovich received a military draft notice to serve as a military doctor. He wrote a letter to the Minister of Defense, A. Grechko, expressing his unwillingness to serve in the army, particularly in relation to the Six-Day War. However, Malinkovich was still conscripted into the Soviet army. In 1968, he expressed his opposition to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in front of the military assembly and was placed in a special department of the Kyiv Military District for a month. In 1969, Malinkovich faced an officer's court of honor and was expelled from the army. After a period of job searching, he became a district doctor and later a radiologist at the Kyiv Institute of Endocrinology. In 1973, he defended his dissertation and obtained a candidate degree.

Activism and Persecution

In Kyiv, Malinkovich associated with the Russian-speaking intelligentsia, including the renowned writer Viktor Nekrasov. Starting from the early 1970s, he became involved in human rights activism, sending protest letters and providing information for the dissident publication "Chronicle of Current Events." He participated in rallies at Babi Yar and near the Taras Shevchenko monument. From 1975 to 1979, Malinkovich faced constant persecution by the authorities, including provocations, warnings, unofficial searches, and detentions.

Emigration and Return

In October 1978, Malinkovich joined the Ukrainian Helsinki Group. During this time, he was targeted and beaten by unknown individuals after refusing to dissolve the Ukrainian Helsinki Group as demanded by a KGB colleague, V. Radchenko. In September 1979, he faced a new provocation with false allegations of rape. Radchenko gave him an ultimatum: emigration or arrest, and threatened to send Malinkovich's daughter to an orphanage and arrest his wife. On the night of January 1, 1980, Vladimir Malinkovich and his family left for West Germany. During his years in exile, Malinkovich lived in Munich and worked as the senior editor of the Russian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also served as the chief editor of the "Forum" magazine from 1980 to 1992.

In December 1992, Malinkovich returned to Kyiv. During the 1994 Ukrainian presidential elections, he led the Information and Analytical Center at Leonid Kuchma's headquarters. He played a role in proposing to grant Russian the status of a state language in the pre-election program. After Kuchma's victory, Malinkovich served as a political advisor on several occasions. In later years, he focused on political science, particularly in support of Russian culture in Ukraine. He co-authored projects such as the "Law on Languages," amendments to the "Law on Elections of People's Deputies of Ukraine," and the ratification of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. Malinkovich is the author of three books and numerous articles.

Since April 2001, he has been the chairman of the Commission for Democratic Development and Civil Society under the President of Ukraine. He held the position of secretary of the Commission for Constitutional Reform. Currently, Vladimir Malinkovich serves as the director of the Ukrainian branch of the International Institute for Humanitarian and Political Studies and holds the title of Candidate of Medical Sciences. He is a widower and has a daughter, Maria, who is a journalist-political scientist, and a son, Vadim, who is a lawyer.