10 Non-Obvious Facts About the New President of Ukraine

It has already been written on Wikipedia that Petro Poroshenko is the 5th President of Ukraine. And this means that bit.ua can readily gather non-obvious facts and quotes by Petro Olexiyovich. Which, essentially, is what we are doing.

According to Poroshenko himself, he began his business with supplying cocoa beans to Ukraine, and then took up the business of his brother Mikhailo, who died in 1997.

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UAH 90mn – this is the sum that the presidential race cost Petro Poroshenko.

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“There is a wonderful quote by Henry Ford: “I am ready to account for any day in my life, but don’t ask me how I made my first million.” As opposed to Ford, I am ready to account for my first million.” 

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Poroshenko’s former judo trainer says that Vladimir Putin could have met the new President of Ukraine on the tatami in the Moldovan town of Bendery, where Putin came for an assembly. However the match did not happen because of the age difference.

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Poroshenko made his first million in the end of the 1980’s, while helping the Ukrainian companies enter the international market. Together with his partners, he helped sign contracts, and for consultations Poroshenko’s company received 0,5-1,5% from the contract sum.

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“The crisis in the country is not political, rather a state one. And this does not influence whether Hyatt works or not. Because the Hyatt, just like Roshen, has nothing to do with the functions of the state.

Hyatt works because there is good management here. People ride in cabs, they buy Kyivsky cakes, because the people are working there are doing their job well.” 

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After the first year of university, Poroshenko was sent to the army. He got into a fight with several drunk lieutenants at the assembly point, which is why he was transferred to the scientific-experimental institute in a desert on Kazakhstan territory.

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The Vinnytsya confectionary factory, which resulted in becoming the first Roshen factory, was bought by Poroshenko and his partners in the 90’s for $7mn.

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“I came to the factory and proposed the name Roshen. Everyone stood against it, saying it’s not a brand name, it doesn’t mean anything.

I asked, what does Nestlé mean? It means “nest.” But nobody has these immediate associations. Let’s already set ambitious goals for ourselves.” 

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Poroshenko began his political career before turning 33. In 1998 he received a seat in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for the first time.

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In September of 2005 Poroshenko resigned as head of the National Security and Defence Council, having been accused of connections with corruptions. The fact of corruption was not confirmed in the end.

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“The key problems of the Ukrainian economy is not money. If we look at it from a macro-economical standpoint, the correlation of sovereign debt and the guaranteed debt to the GDP is 40% of the GDP.

Many countries of the European Union can only dream of having such ratios.” 

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According to Poroshenko, after going to the opposition in the beginning of the 2000’s, the support of Yushchenko and conflict with the government, he lost two-thirds of his business.

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On his Facebook profile, Poroshenko has likes twenty-one pages. Among them are the profile of the jazz vocalist Anastasiya Bukina and the page of the restaurant “Lipsky Osobniak.”

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The quotes were taken from Petro Poroshenko’s interviews to Forbes and Snob.

Source: BIT.ua

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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