Place of Birth. Education. Born in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region. In 1990 he graduated from the Sevastopol Higher Naval Engineering School (qualification – mechanical engineer, specialist in nuclear power plants). In 1999 he graduated from the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management with a degree in banking. Studied at the Institute for Democracy in Washington, studied banking in Austria.
Career. After graduating from the military school, Volga served for three years as the commander of a turbine group on nuclear submarines of the Northern Fleet. Then he returned to Ukraine and found his place in private business. From 1993 to 1998 was the commercial director of Kiev LLC DOS LTD, director of Mizar LTD LLC.
As a public figure, he was the general director of the International Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs, chairman of the all-Ukrainian public organization “Public Control”, and then the leader of the party of the same name. In the 2006 parliamentary elections, he entered the Verkhovna Rada under No. 17 of the SPU list, being a member of this party. He took the post of secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Combating Organized Crime and Corruption.
As a result of the early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of the 5th convocation, he lost his deputy mandate.
In January 2008, the Ministry of Justice registered a new party created and headed by Volga – the Union of Left Forces.
On March 22, 2010, by order of the government of Mykola Azarov, he was appointed head of the State Commission for the Regulation of Financial Services Markets.
On July 19, 2011, he was detained “for committing a crime related to corruption.” On July 20, the Kiev Pechersk Court chose a preventive measure for him in the form of detention for a period of two months. Acting Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, commenting on this arrest, said that Volga and three other officials are accused of taking a bribe in the amount of $500,000.
On July 25, 2011, by decree of President Viktor Yanukovych, he was dismissed from the post of head of the Financial Services Commission.
Criminal proceedings. July 19 2011 year was detained by the investigator Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine together with employees SBU on suspicion of committing a crime related to corruption. September 24, 2012 Volga Shevchenkovsky District Court of Kiev sentenced to five years in prison, found guilty of trying to collect $500,000 in bribes. Other defendants received suspended sentences.
On December 3, 2014, Vasily Volga was released, replacing the rest of the punishment with corrective labor.
Since 2017, he lived in Russia for some time, then returned to Ukraine.
November 6, 2018 in the apartment of Vasily Volga, employees SBU held search as part of the investigation into the attempted murder of coup d’état and high treason under articles 109 and 111 Criminal Code of Ukraine.
ambition. In 2004, without much success, but accompanied by loud and harsh statements and comments, he ran for the presidency of Ukraine.
In December 2006, the leader of the socialist faction, Ivan Bokiy, described the young colleague as follows: “He is a rather complex personality, he only takes root in the party seriously and is not a key figure who can determine the face of the party.” Nevertheless, according to observers, Volga claimed a prominent role both in the Socialist Party and in the anti-crisis coalition ruling after the 2006 elections: he actively gave interviews and comments to media representatives on a variety of occasions, often participated in political talk shows on TV and radio . The statements and assessments of the lively socialist could not always seem reasoned and balanced, and often looked simply scandalous, insulting or provocative. Like such as Yury Lutsenko’s characterization of the People’s Self-Defense movement (according to the Volga – the “party of war”) or the activities of the Minister of Defense Anatoly Gritsenko (“Inthis country has become aware of the level of abuse in the Ministry of Defense, and this person is still not in prison … Gritsenko will go to jail!”). Viktor Yushchenko after his decree dissolving Parliament:”I doubt that a person who has consumed almost a glass of dioxin will behave adequately.”
However, if at the beginning of August 2007 Gritsenko still remained the head of the defense department and was a candidate for people’s deputies under number 4 of the list of the Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defense electoral bloc, then the Volga last days wore out the mandate of the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the 5th convocation and did not have any the slightest prospect of getting into the parliament of the next convocation following the results of the early September elections. His name was not included in the list of both the “native” Socialist Party and the Party of Regions, which he seemed to sympathize with.
As Volga himself explained his absence from the SPU list, shortly before the distribution of the places on the list, he received a party task – to go to the Donetsk region with devastating criticism of the regionals. And after the refusal, he received an impassable 39th position, after which he decided to withdraw his candidacy altogether and, instead of the Party of Regions, criticize the leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz, who is “panically afraid of losing his seat” as the speaker of parliament.
After the defeat of the Socialist Party in the elections, Volga openly announced that he intended to compete for the chair of the chairman of this political force. And when the number with the “intra-party coup” did not work, he organized, headed and began to “unwind” his own left-wing party.
All this time, the relationship between the Volga and its former political patron and patron has been in a state of permanent war. At every opportunity, the opponents exchange verbal thugs and bury each other’s political projects in absentia.
Family. Volga is married. He has two sons (Vasily and Ilya) and two daughters (Elena and Ekaterina).