Place of Birth. Education. She was born in the village of Smyga, Dubna district, Rivne region. In 1976 she graduated from the F. Kolesa Lviv Music and Pedagogical School. 1981 – Lviv Lysenko State Conservatory. In 1999, he graduated from the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Master of Foreign Policy Diplomacy).
Creative career. Bilozir began her concert activity in 1979 as a soloist of the vocal-instrumental ensemble “Vatra”. Since 1994 she has been a soloist of the Oksana group. The singer’s arsenal includes 15 released CDs, one DVD, 10 musical films.
Teaching career. 1996 – Professor of the Department of Variety Singing of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts, head of the department, teacher of the Kiev State School of Variety and Circus Art.
In 1996-1997 taught at the Kiev State Institute of Culture.
Political career. Bilozir became a People’s Deputy of Ukraine four times. Twice – from the Our Ukraine bloc, in the 2007 early parliamentary elections – from the Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense bloc, in 2016 – from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc.
From February to September 2005, she held the post of Minister of Culture and Arts (after the reorganization of the structure – Minister of Culture and Tourism) of Ukraine in the first government of Yulia Tymoshenko.
In 2004-2005. headed the Social Christian Party. Later she became a member of the party People’s Union Our Ukraine (NSNU), the honorary chairman of which was Viktor Yushchenko. She was a member of the political council of the party. On February 19, 2008, together with several fellow party members (Igor Kril, Roman Bessmertny, Viktor Topolov, etc.), she announced her withdrawal from the NUNS.
In the fall of 2012, she ran for the Verkhovna Rada of the VII convocation in a single-mandate constituency number 66 in the Zhytomyr region (self-nomination), but lost to the representative of the Party of Regions Vitaly Zhuravsky.
In the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada in the fall of 2014, she ran on the lists of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc party (No. 80), but received the mandate of a people’s deputy in May 2016, after the head of the BPP faction, Yuriy Lutsenko, was appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Views and ratings. In parliament, she worked as a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs, headed a subcommittee on inter-parliamentary relations, bilateral and multilateral relations. Since 2006, she headed the National Commission on Foreign Ukrainians.
The main legislative priorities are the issues of foreign Ukrainians, equality of rights and opportunities for women and men (gender policy), state policy in the field of culture and art.
Bilozir explained her withdrawal from the NUNS, like her colleagues, by irreversible negative tendencies in the party, the NUNS ‘susceptibility to “outside influence” (apparently, meaning the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc), and the growing distance between the top of the party and its ordinary members. It should be noted that Bilozir and other “natives” were by no means representatives of the lower ranks of Our Ukraine. “And, probably, the most important thing. We have lost the conviction that people loyal to the president are now in key positions in the leadership of the party. We have nothing to do in the company of those who have changed their orientation,” the collective statement said.
Experts then immediately expressed the opinion that the “escapists” would unite around the new pro-presidential political project of the head of the Presidential Secretariat Viktor Baloga, who, in the midst of the confrontation between Bankova and Prime Minister Tymoshenko, had laid down his party membership card a few days earlier. It soon became clear that the United Center had become such a project. According to the singer and the politician, the EC is “a force that will form a new political movement that will be able to stop the destructive political processes taking place in Ukraine today.”
Bilozir is close to the family of the third president, Yushchenko. She is the godmother of one of the daughters of Petro Poroshenko. Due to her parliamentary “specialization”, she had influential connections in the circles of the Ukrainian diaspora in America and European countries.
Social activity. Chairman and member of the jury of the International Folklore Festival “At the Galician Kolya”, the All-Ukrainian Festival of Disabled Children “Povir U Sebe”, the World Festival “Ukrainian Spіv U Svitі”, the All-Ukrainian Festival “Melodiya”.
Regalia. Honored Artist of Ukraine (1986), People’s Artist of Ukraine (1994). Laureate of the World Festival of Youth and Students.
Family. She is married and has two sons. Spouse – Roman Nedzelsky – director of the National Palace of Arts “Ukraine”. The first husband of the singer and the politician was Igor Bilozir, a famous composer and singer, head of the Vatra VIA, People’s Artist of Ukraine. He died tragically in May 2000 as a result of a conflict that arose in one of the Lviv cafes (according to one of the main versions – on the basis of language).
May 28, 2023