Volodymyr Zelenskiy BiographyVolodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskiy – a former Ukrainian comedian, started his career path in KVN [Club of the Funny and Inventive, Russian and Ukrainian comedy TV-show – Zoomboola.com]. His team called "95th block".
In the middle of 2000th he leaved KVN and created a satiric TV-show, which called the same as KVN team. The next 10 years "95th block" became a huge entertainment company included a bunch of comedy shows and film company. Zelenskiy was a producer of "Svaty" TV-series, very popular both in Ukraine and Russia.
"Servant of the People" was released in 2015. Four years later its plot became a real story. Zelenskiy run for president, faced with his opponent Petro Poroshenko, and won the election with 73% votes. He became the president in a very hard time for Ukraine. The country conflicted with Russia ruled by Vladimir Putin, who wanted to turn Ukraine back under the Russian sphere of influence since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.
ChildhoodVolodymyr was born 25th January 1978 in Kryvyi Rih, the Ukrainian city in Dnipropetrovsk province, and spent the first 4 years of his life there. Then his father Oleksander Zelenskiy who was a professor of cybernetics got a job offer and moved to Mongolia with the family included his wife Rimma, an engineer, and Volodimir.
In local school Volodymir was known as one the best student. He got A marks on every school subjects, but most of all he loved liberal arts. After school he played basketball, did weightlifting, learned English and attend a drama class. Also, he loved music and study a guitar and piano. He always was in a center of attention, had a lot of friends and school awards.
KVNIn high school Zelenskiy with his classmate and best friend Denis Manzhosov entered the "Besprizorink" [it means "homeless child"] school theatre. Also, there studied the future Volodymyr’s wife Elena Kiyashko.
In 1997 the team became a High league champion. After that Zelenskiy and Manzhosov founded their own KVN team "95th block". Volodymyr was the main jokes author and captain of the team.
The 95th Block Studio ProjectsAfter the end of the partnership with KVN and Maslyakov, Zelensky with his teammates joined the Ukrainian TV projects. Soon the "1+1" TV channel suggested partnership to the comedian. This is how The 95th Block Studio was born in 2005.
Political viewsBefore 2014, Volodymir who had always been a celebrity person with interests in both countries and had relatives in Russia (his wife’s parents lived in Moscow), didn’t stand on one or another side.
After the Maidan and the Revolution of Dignity he supported the Ukraine and sponsored the "Donbass" volunteer battalion, which was fought against pro-Russian troops in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. He was sure that the war conflict must be ended in sake of human lives. After that, he thought, Kyiv and Kremlin will be seated on the negotiating table. Volodymyr stood against the ban of Russian artists on entry to Ukraine.
Zelenskiy parodied Russian officials very often. For example, here is his parody on Vladimir Putin in "The Evening Block".
President of UkraineOn 1st January 2019 Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced his participant in the upcoming presidential elections as a member of the "Servant of the People" party. The eponymous TV-series slogan "The history of the next president" became a prophetic.
On 31st March 2019 Zelenskiy beat Poroshenko during the first election round, but got less than 50% of the votes. On 21st April, after the second round, Zelenskiy won the elections with 73% of the votes.
On 20th May there was Zelenskiy’s inauguration. Soon the new president dissolved Verkhovna Rada and asked the Cabinet for a resign. Also, he asked the officials not to hang his portrait in government offices. "The president is not an idol. And his portrait is not an icon", he said. Two months later Ukraine had a parliamentary election. Zelenskiy’s party got 43,16% of votes.
There was no progress in negotiations with Russia, and the president's attention turned to Crimea. On August 2021, the Crimean Platform summit was held. The participants discussed methods for returning the peninsula to the jurisdiction of Ukraine.
At the beginning of 2021 Zelenskiy announced a course towards deoligarchization of Ukraine. He created a list of oligarchs with marks about their net worth and readiness to cooperate with the authorities. In October the Verkhovna Rada speaker Dimitriy Razumkov was fired because of a criticism of the policy of deoligarchization.
In 2021 Zelenskiy also blocked a broadcasting of three Ukrainian TV channels: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.
The Criminal Code of Ukraine replenished with the new article against anti-Semitism with the highest sentence of 8 years in prison.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Personal LifeElena Kiyashko studied in the same school as Volodymyr. But they met each other later, when Zelenskiy was a university freshman. He saw her on a street and thought a lot about how to start talking. He noticed "Basic Instinct" VHS in her hands, ask to borrow it on the evening and got her phone number.
Volodymyr Zelenski: Russo-Ukrainian WarBy the end of 2021 Russia and Ukraine relations were escalated again. In December, the Russian troops were pulled to Ukrainian borders. By the end of February 2022, the escalation was peaked.
On the 24th February, since two days after Putin’s acceptance of Donetsk and Lugansk in its administrative boundaries, Russian president started an invasion to Ukraine.
Our goal is to be with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal. I am m sure that`s fair. I am sure we deserve it ... Ukrainians have shown to the world who we are, while Russia has showed what it has turned into…. Every crime, every shelling by the occupier only unites us more.His EU parliament speech was awarded with a loud applause.