|Intro||Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist|
|A.K.A.||Igor Vitalevich Kononenko|
|Is||Businessperson Entrepreneur Politician Philanthropist|
|Birth||21 August 1965, Kiev, Ukraine|
Ihor Vitaliyovych Kononenko (Ukrainian: Ігор Віталійович Кононенко; born 21 August 1965) is a Ukrainian businessman and politician.
Kononenko is a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada (8th convocation) since November 2014, first deputy chairman of the Bloc "Solidarity", a close friend of Petro Poroshenko. He often referred to as the gray eminence of the Ukrainian president. In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election Kononenko lost reelection as an independent candidate in single-seat constituency 94 (Kiev Oblast).
After graduation in 1982 at the 45th secondary school in Kiev, Kononenko studied at the Automobile and Highway Institute in Kiev (KAHI; currently called the National Transport University). From 1984 to 1986, he served in the Soviet Army, where he met Petro Poroshenko. In 1989, he graduated with honors in the Kiev Automobile and Highway Institute with a degree in Economics and Management in Transport. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as secretary of the Komsomol committee in the KAHI. From 1990 to 1991, he was deputy director of the structural unit of the city headquarters of the student brigade. From 1991 to 1994, he worked as commercial director in two companies – MP "Transport" and JSC Exchange House "Ukraine". From 2004 to 2009, he was chairman of the supervisory board of a transport company (OJSC "Kiev Motor Transport Enterprise – 2240") in Kiev.
Kononenko owns an PJSC Closed Non-diversified Corporate Investment fund VIK, which manages seven companies. Since 2012 he is a chairman of the supervisory board of its fund. Kononenko is the most important business partner of Petro Poroshenko and worked as a chairman of the supervisory board in Poroshenko's company
Kononenko was also a member of the supervisory board and worked in Poroshenko's companies, such as CJSC Ukrainian Industrial and Investment Concern (member of the supervisory board in 1994–2005, first deputy and general director in 2009–2012), Bogdan Motors, Sports-health complex "Monitor" and International Investment Bank. In the latter, Kononenko is a minority shareholder (owner of a 14.92% stake).
In the declaration of 2015, Igor Kononenko indicated the following companies in which he was the head or investor: Shipbuilding plant "Leninska Kuznia" (Kiev), International Tennis Academy, Medservice Plus, Promavtomatika, European House, Kievgate Investment, Treck Holding Coast S.L. (Spain), Lancashire Big (Spain), Treck Holding Limited (Gibraltar), Vnesheconomservis LLC, RI-SYSTEM LIMITED, Peskovsky glass manufacturing plant (jointly with Petro Poroshenko), Sports and recreational complex "Monitor" (jointly with Poroshenko), insurance company "Kraina" (jointly with Poroshenko), AK Bogdan Motors (jointly with Poroshenko), International Investment Bank (jointly with Poroshenko), Non-diversified investment fund VIK.
In 2016–2017, the companies of Igor Kononenko (Leninska Kuznia, International Tennis Academy, and Peskovsky Glassware Factory) won state tenders for a total amount of UAH 106 million.
Many sources connected Ihor Kononenko with the unofficial curator for coal-energy sector of Ukraine businessman Vitaliy Kropachev, who controlled this industry since 2016.
Offshore company Intraco Management Limited, which The Guardian newspaper links with Kononenko and Poroshenko, is engaged in trade with food and fuel produced by the Moscow refinery (owned by Gazprom). According to The Guardian, Intraco transferred money to the daughter of Kononenko, Darya. Intraco Management Limited also pays for the maintenance of a private airplane on which Petro Poroshenko is flying. The company was founded in 2002.
From 2006 to 2014, Kononenko was a deputy of the Kiev City Council of the 5th and 6th convocations from the Leonid Chernovetskyi Bloc. He was the deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications. In the elections to the Kiev City Council of 2014, Kononenko entered the electoral list of the party UDAR, where he took 11th place.
At the parliamentary elections in 2014, he was elected as a people's deputy on the "Petro Poroshenko Bloc" list (ranked 29th). In the Ukrainian parliament, Kononenko became the first deputy chairman of the faction, also joining the Committee on the Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Security and the Inter-parliamentary group on relations with Austria.
In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election Kononenko lost reelection as an independent candidate in single-seat constituency 94 (Kiev Oblast). He earned 9036 votes (12,01%).
According to the electronic declaration, in 2013, Ihor Kononenko officially declared UAH 30 million.
In an e-declaration for 2015, Ihor Kononenko indicated salaries in the Verkhovna Rada of UAH 77,772. From the VIK Foundation, Kononenko received dividends of UAH 14 million. Kononenko declared real estate objects (7 land plots and 6 apartment buildings in Kiev and the Kiev Oblast) for a total of more than 1.8 billion hryvnias. He also declared US$928 thousand, €965 thousand, and 6 628 000 hryvnias in cash. The deputy owns a land plots of 4654 m² and 2255 m², as well as apartment buildings with an area of 1643.6 m² and 36.6 m². The cost of the first house in the Kiev's elite area "Tsarskoe Selo" is estimated at UAH 244 million, and cost of the site is UAH 105 million. In addition, Kononenko has an apartment of 236.6 m² (worth of UAH 7.07 million) and Mercedes-Benz GL 600.
In an e-declaration for 2016, Kononenko showed a total income of UAH 14,743,000. As a deputy he earned in the Verkhovna Rada UAH 161 thousand, he also had UAH 82 thousand as a percentage of the deposit in the Ukrsotsbank. From the VIK Foundation, Kononenko received dividends of UAH 14.5 million. On the account in the Ukrsotsbank he had UAH 2 million.
According to the investigation of the program "Schemes", Ihor Kononenko didn't indicate in his E-declaration a villa in southern Spain. The house of 768 square meters is located near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Kononenko confirmed this information, but stated that he wasn't obliged to indicate property belonging to his companies in his declaration: "Yes, the companies I own really have an impressive list of property (more than one hundred units). However, according to the provisions of the Law of Ukraine 'On Preventing Corruption', I am not obligated to declare property that belongs to these companies. In particular, the format of the declaration doesn't allow this."
According to the declaration, Ihor Kononenko owns the following companies:
Companies controlled by Igor Kononenko
- Ship building and armament company Leninska Kuznia (Kiev)
- International Tennis Academy, LLC
- Medservice Plus
- European House
- Kievgate Investment
- Treck Holding Coast S.L. (Spain)
- Lancashire Big (Spain)
- Treck Holding Limited (Gibraltar)
- Vneekonomservis, LLC
- RI-SYSTEM LIMITED
- Peskovsky Glassware Factory (together with Petro Poroshenko)
- Sports and recreation complex "Monitor" (together with Petro Poroshenko)
- SK Kraina (together with Petro Poroshenko)
- Automobile-manufacturing corporation Bogdan Motors (together with Petro Poroshenko)
- International Investment Bank (together with Petro Poroshenko)
- JSC Closed-end non-diversified corporate investment fund "VIK"
- Honorary weapon – Fort-21.02 pistol with 15 bullets (27 December 2015)
Kononenko is married to Liliya Kononenko (born 1966) and has three children: two daughters (Darya, Olha) and one son (Vitaliy). Vitaliy Kononenko works as Sports director of the Sports school "International Tennis Academy", which until 2015 was the children's pioneer camp "Yunga" at the plant "Leninskaya Kuznitsa". After the reconstruction in 2015, the sports school has become a closed tennis club, which is a violation of Ukrainian law. The Law of Ukraine "On Physical Culture and Sport" forbids tuition for training in children's and youth sports schools.