Durdynets Vasyl Vasylyovych was born on September 27, 1937 in the village
of Romochevytsia of Mukachiv district, Zakarpattia region, into a peasant’s
family. He graduated from the I. Franko Lviv State University (1960).
After graduating from the University he worked in the Komsomol and Communist
Party organs in Lviv, Moscow, and Kyiv (1958—1978).
In 1978 V. Durdynets was appointed a deputy, and in 1982 —
first deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. He held the post until
In March 1990 — April 1994 he was a people’s deputy of Ukraine. On
January 29, 1992 he was elected first deputy head of the Supreme Council
(Verkhovna Rada) of Ukraine.
In July 1995 he became a member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as
Vice-Prime Minister in State Security and Extraordinary Situations. On June
18, 1996 he was appointed first Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine and on
February 14, 1997 — a head of Coordination Committee on the Struggle
with Corruption and Organized Crime under the President of Ukraine.
He also served an acting Prime Minister of Ukraine by President’s edict
of July 2, 1997.
On July 30, 1997 he was dismmissed from the post of acting Prime Minister
of Ukraine and appointed director of
the National Investigation Bureau of Ukraine.
On March 22, 1997 he was appointed Minister of Extraordinary Situations
and Population Protection from the Chornobyl Catastrophe After-Effects.
In 1997 Vasyl Durdynets is a general in the Internal Affains Service
V. Durdynets has state awards.