Ukrainian politician, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine since April 14, 2016. He was born in the Lviv Oblast. As a student, he was involved in opposition activity in 1988. A year later, he was arrested for organizing an illegal meeting.
In 1991, together with Oleh Tyahnybok, he founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine. It was renamed the All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" in 2004.
In 2004 he was active during the Orange Revolution. In the years 2007-2012 he was a deputy of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc.
During Maidan protests in Kiev, at the turn of 2013 and 2014, he became the Commandant of Maidan Self-Defense.
In the photographs: members of the Self-Defence during clashes with Berkut in February 2014.
From February 27 to August 7, 2014, he was the appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.