Svetlana Fomenko becomes Acting Minister of Culture

Acting Minister of Culture Svetlana Fomenko. Photo:

Svetlana Fomenko, who previously worked as an assistant to Viktor Yelensky, has become Acting Minister of Culture.

On March 10, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed Acting Minister of Culture Svitlana Fomenko instead of dismissed Vladimir Borodiansky, reports “Ukrinform”.

Fomenko was Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine for European Integration from August to December 2014. Since 2015, she has been an assistant-consultant to the people's deputy of Ukraine and the main initiator of anti-church laws, Viktor Yelensky.

After the formation of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Alexey Goncharuk, the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Youth and Sports were reorganized into the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. It was headed by Vladimir Borodiansky, and Svetlana Fomenko was appointed deputy head of this ministry.

As reported earlier, the religious scholar Viktor Yelensky, MP of the 8th convocation from the "People's Front" party, is the author of a number of anti-church bills, including Bill No. 4128, which regulates the transfer of religious communities to another denomination. Viktor Yelensky stated that if the UOC does not change its name in accordance with the law on renaming the Church, the Ministry of Culture will forcibly do so. He is an active lobbyist for the OCU.

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