Volodymyr Zelensky

Zelensky in 2019, photo by palinchak/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky

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

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian politician, comedian, and actor. He has served as President of Ukraine, since 20 May, 2019.

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

It appears that both of his parents are Jewish.

Volodymyr’s paternal grandfather was Semen/Semyon Ivanovych 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 Zelensky’s Jewish heritage – https://www.independent.co.uk
https://www.nytimes.com

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

2 Responses

  1. 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).

  2. Manila says:

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

    Congratulations!

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