Ukraine: One Jewish Prime Minister Succeeds Another

Diversity Macht Frei
April 15, 2016

Ukraine has its first Jewish prime minister after the parliament gave its approval for speaker Volodymyr Groysman to take the post.

Mr Groysman, 38, was voted in by a margin of 257 to 50 after MPs formally accepted the resignation of former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.


Of Yatesenyuk, however, the Guardian wrote this in 2014:

He has played down his Jewish-Ukrainian origins, possibly because of the prevalence of antisemitism in his party’s western Ukraine heartland.


Jews are just over 1% of Ukraine’s population. Two Prime Ministers in a row. As we all know, however, “claiming Jewish people have disproportional influence in politics is an antisemitic trope with a long history“.