Vadym Hetman : biography
Vadym Petrovych Hetman () (July 12, 1935 – April 22, 1998) was a Ukrainian statesman and banker. He is credited with the creation of the central bank of the country, the National Bank of Ukraine.
He was assassinated in April 1998 in his home in Kiev. According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine the crime was paid for by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko. , BBC Ukrainian (7 April 2012) He was posthumously conferred the title of Hero of Ukraine on July 11, 2005.
Vadym Petrovych Hetman was born in the village of Snityn, located in Poltava Oblast (at the time, the Ukrainian SSR), in 1935.
Gravestone of Vadym Hetman in the Bankers' Grave in [[Kiev.]]
Hetman was shot by an apparently professional killer in the elevator of his own apartment block in Kiev on April 22, 1998.
An alleged assassin, a 29-year-old Serhiy Kulev, and member of the "Bandy Kushnera" clan of the Donbas, was only found in 2002. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment without bond in April 2003. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has claimed that the assassination was ordered and paid for by Pavlo Lazarenko, a former Ukrainian Prime Minister. Lazarenko denies this.
Despite the Luhansk City Court's verdict, the case remains far from being certain. In early August 2005, the media reported that the convict filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Ukraine on grounds that he had been forced to make a false confession. His lawyer subsequently made a public statement that the case was entirely fabricated.
Awards and legacy
Vadym Hetman was posthumously conferred the title of Hero of Ukraine by President Yushchenko on July 11, 2005.
On July 12, 2005, a memorial plate was established in his honour on House № 13, where Hetman lived and was assassinated.
In 2005, The Kiev National Economic University was renamed in honour of Vadym Hetman, which he attended in the 1950s.
On April 19, 2006, the Industrial Street in Kiev was renamed in his honour.
A regatta cup, "Vadym Hetman Cup" bears his name.
Banker and politician
On March 24, 1992, Vadym Hetman was accepted as the Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine. He supervised early monetary reforms in newly independent Ukraine through 1993, when he resigned from his position as the head of the supervisory board of the National Bank. However, he maintained close ties with his successor, Viktor Yushchenko. Interestingly, Hetman's signature appears on the original banknotes of Ukraine's national currency, the hryvnia, which was introduced only in September 1996.
Hetman was also a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) from 1990 to 1998. He went for his second term as deputy in 1994 from the Talne electoral district of Cherkasy Oblast, but as a nonpartisan. He received 50.97% of the vote in the first round of voting.
He is also known to have complained to the then President Leonid Kuchma about voting irregularities within the parliament itself.
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