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|Chairman of the "People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic|
4 September 2015
|Preceded by||"Andrei Purgin|
|Vice Chairman of the "People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic|
14 November 2014 – 4 September 2015
|Chairman of the "Supreme Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic|
15 May 2014 – 18 July 2014
|Succeeded by||Vladimir Makovych (Acting)|
9 May 1981 |
"Makiivka, "Donetsk Oblast, "Ukrainian SSR, "USSR
|Political party||"Donetsk Republic|
Denis Vladimirovich Pushilin ("Russian: Дени́с Влади́мирович Пуши́лин, pronounced "[dʲɪˈnʲis vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ pʊˈʂɨlʲɪn]; "Ukrainian: Денис Володимирович Пушилін; born on May 9, 1981) is a politician who was the self-declared Chairman of the "People's Soviet (Speaker of parliament) of the "Donetsk People's Republic, and therefore, under the draft Constitution adopted on May 15, the self-declared republic's head of state.
Ukrainian media claimed that Pushilin's highest stage of formal education is "secondary education. According to his (November 2013) autobiography at the "Central Election Commission of Ukraine, in May 2014 "Russia's "ITAR-TASS ("news agency) reported Pushilin had graduated from the "Donbass Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Prior to his political activism, Pushilin worked for a recent successor of the 1990s Russian "Ponzi scheme company "MMM, which cost its customers millions of dollars before it was disbanded in 1994. Pushilin never denied involvement in such schemes and affirmed that "pyramid schemes were legal in Russia at the time".
As a member of the "We Have One Goal" party Pushilin failed to win a seat in the "15 December 2013 repeat elections of the "2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election in "simple-majority "constituencies number 94 (located in "Obukhiv) because got only 0.08% of the votes. Pushilin's (only 1 page long) election program did not contain any statement on a wanted change of Ukraine's current borders. According to his election information, in December 2013 Pushilin was "temporarily not working".
On 19 May 2014 Pushilin became the self-declared Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (Speaker of parliament) of the "Donetsk People's Republic, and therefore, under the draft Constitution adopted on May 15, the self-declared republic's head of state.
Pushilin has survived two assassination attempts so far, both occurring within a week on the 7th and 12th of June 2014. Pushilin was in "Moscow on those dates, as was widely reported at the time.["better source needed]
While in Moscow in June 2014, Pushilin announced that enterprises in the areas claimed as the Donetsk People's Republic refusing to pay taxes to the republic would be "nationalized".