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Arsen Borysovych Avakov is a well-known politician and businessman in Ukraine. He is best known for being the Governor of Kharkiv Oblast from 2005 to 2010 as well as his appointment as the Minister of Internal Affairs for Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s first cabinet after the February 2014 revolution in the country.

He had humble beginnings in his political career. He was a laboratory assistant at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, where he also earned his degree in systems engineering with a major in automated control systems. He joined the institute from 1987 to 1990. He became employed in a commercial bank in 1992 and became one of its supervisory board members.

In 2002, he became a member of the Kharkiv City Council’s Executive Committee. He was appointed as the leader of the Regional State Administration in February 2005, among other political positions.

He is also an author of a dozen scientific papers, a number of essays regarding social and political issues, and one monograph.

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