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Witold Pavlovich Fokin is a Soviet and Ukrainian state and political figure, Prime Minister of Ukraine in 1990-1992.

He was born in the village of Novo-Mykolaivka in Novomykolaivskiy district of Zaporizhzhia region in a family of teachers.

In 1954 he graduated from the Mining Department of the Dnepropetrovsk Mining Institute, with "Development of mineral deposits" specialization, and was assigned to the Luhansk’s mines. He began working as an assistant of a section chief in 1954, and worked at the mines for almost twenty years. Half of these years he spent underground. Eventually in 1971 he was appointed as a head of the “Sverdlovantratsit” plant in Sverdlovsk of Luhansk region.

Since 1971 he worked in the State Planning Commission of the USSR, and in 1979 he was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and Chairman of the State Planning Committee of the USSR, and in August 1990 he became the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Chairman of the USSR State Committee for Economics. He initiated an intensive gasification of Ukraine, especially in small towns and villages.

In October 1990, he became the Acting President of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, and in November he was approved at this post. And in March 1991, Witold Fokin became the first Prime Minister of independent Ukraine, and served in that capacity until 30 September 1992. December 8, 1991, together with Leonid Kravchuk, Witold Fokin signed the Bialowieza agreement on the elimination of the USSR on behalf of Ukraine.

He received an offer from Mikhail Gorbachev to lead the government of the USSR, but refused. After resigning as the Head of the Government of Ukraine, he received an offer from the then Head of the Russian Government, V.S. Chernomyrdin to become his deputy on the FEC, but also refused.

In 1991-1994 Fokin was elected as a People's Deputy of Ukraine of the 1st convocation, non-partisan.

Since 1993 he is the President of the International Fund of Humanitarian and Economic Relations of Ukraine with the Russian Federation. Since 1999, he was also the first President of the INGO “Luhanske Zemliatstvo” in Kiev.

He was the president of the National Federation of Karate-do for more that 10 years, for many years he was engaged in tennis and boating.

Witold Fokin is a candidate of Technical Sciences, Professor.

Awards: holder of two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order “Badge of Honor”, the three stages of the sign “Miner's Glory”, winner of the State Prize of Ukraine.

 

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