Chornovil Vyacheslav

Activity: politician
Years: 1937 - 1999
Community: ukrainian
A prominent Ukrainian dissident to the Soviet policies, he was arrested multiple times in the 1960s and 1970s for his political views. A long-time advocate of Ukrainian independence, he was one of the most prominent political figures of the late 1980s and early 1990s who paved the path of the contemporary Ukraine to its independence. Chornovil worked for various newspapers and in television in Lviv and Kiev between 1960-64. He became known as a dissident after documenting the illegal imprisonment of some Ukrainian intellectuals. Chornovil ran for President of Ukraine in 1991 but was defeated, winning only in Ukrainian Galicia. He was one of the most important members of the People's Movement of Ukraine, a right-wing party. He was elected to the Verkhovna Rada for the People's Movement of Ukraine in 1994 and 1998 and was the head of that party. In 1999 his party was almost dissolved due to disagreements within. There are speculations that the failure to liquidate the party led to the road accident that took the Chornovil's life.