Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy in 2019, photo by palinchak/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy

Place of Birth: Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, comedian, and actor. He has served as President of Ukraine, since 20 May, 2019. He is also known as Volodymyr Zelensky. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2022.

He starred on the show Servant of the People from 2015 to 2019, playing a high school history teacher who is elected the country’s President. He was subsequently elected himself in 2019.

He is the son of Rimma Vladimirovna (Osipova) Zelenska, an engineer, and Olekansder/Alexander Semenovich Zelenskyy, a professor. Both of his parents are Jewish. He is married to Olena, with whom he has two children.

Volodymyr’s paternal grandfather was Semen/Semyon Ivanovych Zelenskyy/Zelensky (the son of Ivan Zelensky). Semen was born in Krivoy Rog, Dnipropetrovsk Region. Ivan was the son of Izrail Zelenskiy.

Volodymyr’s maternal grandfather was named Vladimir Osipov.

Volodymyr’s maternal grandmother is Olga Solomonovna (the daughter of Solomon).

Volodymyr has said:

On my father’s side, my grandfather and his three brothers were all on the front [in the Red Army] in World War II and only he returned… My grandmother was living in Kryvi Rih, in a part of south Ukraine which was occupied by the fascists. They killed all the Jews who remained. She had left in an evacuation of Jews to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Many people fled to there. She studied there. She’s a teacher. After World War II, she came back. That’s where I was born… [We were] an ordinary Soviet Jewish family. Most Jewish families in the Soviet Union were not religious… religion didn’t exist in the Soviet state as such.

Sources: Articles about Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Jewish heritage – https://www.independent.co.uk

Genealogy of Volodymyr Zelenskyy – https://www.geni.com

3 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He is still in Kyiv, literally (meaning in a military way) fighting against Putin’s forces. Stay strong and defend your country. I think he deserves to be on top of the home page for a while.

  2. Manila says:

    Rimma’s mother’s maiden surname is Osipova, while her marital surname is Zelenska.

    His maternal grandfather’s surname is Osipov.

    Volodymyr’s maternal grandmother is Olga Solomonovna (the daughter of Solomon).

  3. Manila says:

    He is the President-elect of Ukraine, due to take office on 3 June 2019.


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