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You're reading: Star of the show: Presidential friend Yuriy Ivaniushchenko

Regions Party lawmaker Yuriy Ivaniushchenko, nicknamed Yuriy Yenakiyevskiy, is one of the most enigmatic and influential members of the pro-presidential coalition in Parliament. So his rare appearance, during the opening session of the Verkhovna Rada on Sept. 6 created quite a stir.

Ivaniushchenko showed that, despite being one of the most influential people in politics today, he is not ready for public appearances. Nor does he project the image of an almighty politician pulling the strings behind the scenes.

Still, the publicity-shy Ivaniushchenko’s impromptu meeting with journalists made him the star of a fleeting moment and may have even improved his image.

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