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Borys Oliynyk
Borys Ilich Oliynyk

(1935-10-22)22 October 1935
Died30 April 2017(2017-04-30) (aged 81)

Borys Illich Oliynyk (Ukrainian: Борис Ілліч Олійник; Russian: Борис Ильич Олейник, Boris Ilich Oleynik; 22 October 1935 – 30 April 2017) was a Ukrainian poet, translator, and political activist. He served in the Verkhovna Rada from 1992 to 2006 and was chairman of the Ukrainian Culture Fund.[1]

Before his death, Oliynyk was the most prominent representative of the national-communist movement within the Communist Party of Ukraine.[2]

In 2005, he was awarded the title "Hero of Ukraine."[3]

While being Ukrainian, Oliynyk also officially adopted a Russian version of his last name as Oleynik.


  1. ^ "Пішов з життя видатний український поет Борис Олійник" (in Ukrainian). 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ Magda, Yevgeny (8 May 2017). "Week's milestones. May threats, Yanukovych case, and pause for Donbas". UNIAN. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. ^ Pyatnitskaya, Sasha (1 May 2017). "Умер украинский поэт и писатель Борис Олейник". Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 15 June 2017.
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