Raisa Bogatyrova

Raisa Vasylivna Bogatyrova[nb 1] (Ukrainian: Раїса Василівна Богатирьова; Russian: Раиса Васильевна Богатырёва) (born on January 6, 1953) is a Ukrainian politician and former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Health[1] and former Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. In the past, Bogatyrova served as a People's Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) for the Communist, Christian Democratic Party of Ukraine and more recently the Party of Regions.

Raisa Bogatyrova
Раїса Богатирьова
January of 2013
15th Minister of Healthcare (Ukraine)
In office
February 14, 2012  February 23, 2014
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byOleksandr Anischenko[1]
Succeeded byOleh Musiy
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine
In office
February 14, 2012  February 23, 2014
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byAndriy Klyuyev[1]
11th Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
In office
December 24, 2007  February 14, 2012
PresidentViktor Yushchenko
Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded byIvan Pliusch
Succeeded byAndriy Klyuyev
6th Minister of Healthcare (Ukraine)
In office
January 1999  January 2000
Prime MinisterValeriy Pustovoitenko
Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded byAndriy Serdyuk
Succeeded byVitaliy Moskalenko
People's Deputy of Ukraine
In office
May 15, 1990 – May 12, 1994
July 6, 2000  May 23, 2008
Personal details
Raisa Vasylivna Bogatyrova

(1953-01-06) January 6, 1953
Bakal, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russian SFSR (now Russia)
Political partyCommunist Party of Soviet Union (1977–1991)
Socialist Party of Ukraine (1991–2000)
Christian Democratic Party of Ukraine (2000)
Non-partisan (2000–2001) Party of Regions (2001–2008)
Spouse(s)Ihor Bohatyryov
ChildrenIhor and Oleksandr (twins)
Alma materLuhansk Medical Institute (1975),
Kharkiv Medical Institute (1977),
Kiev University (1996)
ProfessionJurisprudence, Law, Medicine, Professor

In October 2014 Bogatyrova was put on its wanted list by Ukrainian authorities as a suspect of large-scale embezzlement of state budget funds.[2] According to the Ukrainian government she has since repaid government funds that had been allegedly misappropriated.[3]

According to the Ukrainian magazine Фокус Bogatyrova has placed among the top 10 most influential women in Ukraine since 2005–2010 (five years).[4][5][6] She was recognized as the second most influential woman in 2006–2008 after Yulia Tymoshenko.


Bogatyrova was born on January 6, 1953 in the town of Bakal, Chelyabinsk Oblast, of the Russian SFSR (then the Soviet Union) to family of workers. She was born on the day of the Christmas Eve according to the Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Her father is Vasyl Petrovych Laktionov (1912–1985) and mother – Hanna Markivna Laktionova (born 1918). Raisa has two older sisters Valentyna and Vira. On her website she claims that her family is from village of Protopopivka in Kharkiv Oblast. Bohatyriova also stated that her ancestors are from the Sloboda Ukraine.

Her biography on the personal website is written kind of awkward. First she stated that she does not know any of her relatives in Ukraine, while later claims that her aunt still lives in Kharkiv Oblast. After that Bohatyriova mentions her grandma whom she barely saw, yet her face she carries in herself as a depiction of honesty (Bohatyriova's website). Raisa's oldest sister is 13 years older than she is. Bohatyriova calls 1970 the proletarian year, the year of hardship.

Bohatyriova married her husband sometime in 1975. Her husband Ihor Oleksandrovych at that time was a student at the Kharkiv Aviation Institute. Bogatyrova sympathizes Margaret Thatcher and reads Winston Churchill and Anton Chekhov.

In 1971 Bogatyrova enrolled into the Luhansk Medical Institute. In 1977 she graduated from Kharkiv Medical Institute with merits gaining a doctorate qualification. In 1996 graduated from the Kiev University, specializing in Jurisprudence, qualifications – Lawyer, Medical Doctor, professor. Her candidate dissertation Optimal System of Mass Ultrasound Screening of the Pregnant she defended in the Kharkiv National Medical University in 1996. In 2000 Bogatyriova defended her doctorate dissertation Role of Inborn and Inherited Pathology in Reproductive Losses of a Family in the same university.


1970–1971 Seamstress at Kramatorsk Garment Factory
1977–1979 Internship at the City Hospital #2 in Horlivka
1979–1980 Obstetrician-gynecologist at the 3rd Medico-Sanitary Department at the Novokramatorsk

Engineering Plant in Kramatorsk

1980–1990 Obstetrician-gynecologist; Head of Trade-Union Committee; Deputy Head Physician at the Kramatorsk Central Municipal Hospital

In 1997–2003, Bogatyrova was the Secretary of the Supervisory Board at the National Fund of Social Protection for Mothers and Children Ukraine to Children.

Political career

Bohatyriova was a member of the Communist Party of Soviet Union and a member of the organizational committee in the creation of the Socialist Party of Ukraine. She was elected to the Verkhovna Rada by the members of the Kramatorsk city hospital as a people's deputy, a duty of which she accepted on May 15, 1990. On her website Bohatyriova claims that during her initial experience in the Verkhovna Rada let her to get a real sense of the Ukrainian language. In March 1994 Bohatyriova was not re-elected, yet was appointed as a Deputy of Minister of Health Security. She made a career in this position working her way up to be appointed as a Minister of the portfolio on January 27, 1999. On January 12, 2000 Bohatyriova was deposed as a Minister of Health Security when the Prime Minister of Ukraine was appointed Viktor Yushchenko, however in few months she was appointed as a science adviser to the President of Ukraine.

In July 2000 Bohatyriova was again elected to the parliament now as a member of the Christian Democratic Party of Ukraine. She left her faction once she became a people's deputy and was unaffiliated until March 2001. In March 2001 Bohatyrova joined the Regions of Ukraine group and in November its faction. In April 2002 she was re-elected by the United Ukraine block as the leader of the Party of Regions. Bohatyriova was re-elected once again in April 2006 as the Party of Regions member placing sixth on the party list. From July 2006 until February 2007 she was a member of the Budget Committee.

In November 2007 during the all-national reelections Bohatyriova again became a member of the Verkhovna Rada from the Party of Region. On December 24, 2007 she received an appointment from the President of Ukraine to head the Secretariat of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.[2] On January 28, 2008 the administration of Party of Regions excluded her out the party's list.[2]

On 14 February 2012 Bogatyrova was removed from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and appointed Minister of Health[1]

On 24 February 2014, just after the "Maidan revolution",[7] the Verkhovna Rada dismissed Bogatyrova.[8]

Criminal proceedings against Bogatyrova

On 20 October 2014 Bogatyrova was declared a suspect of the crime of large-scale embezzlement of 6 million Ukrainian hryvnia in budget funds, the next day she was placed on the wanted list and the court ordered the seizure of three apartments in Kiev, one apartments in Yalta and three houses in (the village) Pidhirtsi (in Obukhiv Raion) owned by her and her husband.[2]

Early March 2014 the European Union froze all funds belonging to Bogatyrova because they also suspected her of illegal use of budget funds.[9] On January 12, 2015 Interpol published an international red notice again Bogatyrova as wanted for corruption and charges of “misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation".[10] According to the Ukrainian government she has since repaid government funds that had been allegedly misappropriated.[3] For this her funds in the EU were unfrozen.[3]

Bogatyrova's current whereabouts are unknown.[11]

Awards and titles

See also


  1. Her last name might be sometime spelled as Bohatyryova, because of the transliteration issues from Cyrillic to Latin (see Romanization of Ukrainian). Also Bogatyrova is homonym with bogatyr.


  1. Bohatyriova appointed vice premier and health minister, Kyiv Post (14 February 2012)
  2. "Ex-Health Minister Bohatyriova put on wanted list – Prosecutor General's Office". En.interfax.com.ua. 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  3. EU to Continue Sanctions on Some Russians, Ukrainians, Wall Street Journal, (3 March 2016)
  4. "ТОП-100 найвпливовіших жінок: родички Кучми та Ющенка і "невмируща" Тимошенко | ТаблоID". Tabloid.pravda.com.ua. 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  5. "100 самых влиятельных женщин Украины. Рейтинг Фокуса – ФОКУС". Focus.ua. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  6. "ТОП-100 найвпливовіших жінок України | ТаблоID". Tabloid.pravda.com.ua. 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  7. Ukraine: Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov named interim president, BBC News (23 February 2014)
    Ukraine protests timeline, BBC News (23 February 2014)
  8. Ukrainian parliament dismisses foreign, health and education ministers, authorizes speaker to act as president, Interfax-Ukraine (24 February 2014)
  9. (in Ukrainian) The EU froze the accounts Yanukovych and 17 officials , BBC Ukrainian (6 March 2014)
  10. "Interpol places former President Yanukovych on 'wanted' list, former Prime Minister Azarov missing". Kyivpost.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  11. Ukraine accuses Russia of breaking CIS agreements over Yanukovych extradition, Interfax-Ukraine (12 January 2015)
  12. "Богатырева Раиса Васильевна – фото, биография// Богатырева Раиса Васильевна на ЛІГА.Досье". File.liga.net. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  13. "Мнбнрейю: Мнбнярх – Онянк Тпюмжхх Ондюпхк Бкюдхлхпс Ъйсанбяйнлс Йнмэъй". Novoteka.ru. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
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