Mikhail Pogrebinsky and Valentina Tereshkova

Who is Mikhail Pogrebinsky and is he really detained

Mikhail Borisovich Pogrebinsky – political strategist, director of the Kyiv Center for Political Studies and Conflictology.

He has a website.


Mikhail Pogrebinsky was born on December 7, 1946, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

In 1969 he graduated from the Faculty of Physics of the Taras Shevchenko State University of Kyiv, specialty – theoretical physicist.

From 1969 to 1990 he worked as an engineer, leading engineer, head of the laboratory of physical and mathematical modeling at the Kyiv Institute of Micro instruments.

In 1989, for the first time, he took part as a manager in the election campaign of Yuri Shcherbak in the elections of people’s deputies of the USSR.

Then he actively participated in the 1994 presidential election (he was a member of the campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Leonid Kuchma), after winning 4 months he worked in the Presidential Administration.

Participated in the presidential elections of 1999, the parliamentary elections of 1998 (the election campaign of the “Social-Liberal Association” bloc), and the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of 2002 (the election campaign of the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united)).

Since 1989, he actively collaborated with the Interregional Deputy Group, was one of the founders of the New Ukraine association.

In 1990 he was elected a deputy of the Kyiv City Council of People’s Deputies, 1992 – elected a member of the city executive committee from the democratic bloc.

From January 1992 to 1993 he was director of the Center for Market Reforms.

In 1993, he became an adviser to the vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada.

Since 1993, Pogrebinsky has been the director of the Kyiv Center for Political Studies and Conflictology, an expert-analytical structure founded in 1993.

The activity of this center is aimed at studying the processes of transformation of Ukrainian society and state institutions.

From 1998 to 2000, he was a member of the Council of Experts on Domestic Policy under Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

He was an adviser to Prime Minister Valery Pustovoitenko.

In 2002, he took the position of adviser to the head of the presidential administration, Viktor Medvedchuk.

He held this position until 2004.

During this period, he helped to prepare instructions from the authorities for the Ukrainian media.

In 2004, he was an adviser to the election headquarters of presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych.

In 2012-2014, he actively collaborated with the public movement “Ukrainian Choice” of Viktor Medvedchuk.

From October 2014 to December 2016 Pogrebinsky wrote articles for the Russian edition Lenta.ru.

Since May 2019 – presenter of the analytical program “View of the week” on “112 Ukraine”.

Awarded the Order of Friendship from the Russian Federation on July 14, 2011.


Together with his wife, he raised a daughter.

Has a granddaughter.

Mikhail Pogrebinsky and Valentina Tereshkova
Mikhail Pogrebinsky and Valentina Tereshkova. Photo Source: analitik.org.ua

Is it true that Mikhail Pogrebinsky was detained in Ukraine

On March 27, 2022, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, announced that Mikhail Pogrebinsky had been detained.

“The Security Service of Ukraine arrested political scientist Mikhail Pogrebinsky, an ally of oppositionist Viktor Medvedchuk. Details: he was searched earlier. Mikhail Pogrebinsky is suspected of high treason and illegal enrichment,” Gerashchenko wrote on his Telegram channel.

However, Mikhail Pogrebinsky himself, in a commentary to the Strana publication, denied the information about his detention by the SBU.

“I am not detained. No suspicions were raised against me. There was a search, but I do not have any procedural status, not even the status of a witness. Rumors about my detention are just a provocation,” Pogrebinsky said.

In turn, the publication “Ukrayinska Pravda” contacted its sources in law enforcement agencies and with the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova.

“On March 26, searches were carried out at the home and in the office of the political strategist. Detention was not carried out yesterday in accordance with Article 208 of the Criminal Code,” law enforcement agencies told Ukrayinska Pravda.

“Investigative actions were carried out at his place, including searches. But they didn’t detain him,” Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said.

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