Who is Rustem Umerov, the future defense minister of Ukraine?

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has nominated Rustem Umerov as defense minister. Who is the man to replace Oleksiy Reznikov?

Rustem Umerov, 41, is a Crimean Tatar. He was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to a Crimean Tatar family who had been deported from what was then Soviet Crimea in the 1940s. As of 2020, Umerov is a member of a Ukrainian government task force working on a strategy to end Russia’s occupation of the peninsula.

In September 2022, Umerov, a member of parliament from the pro-European Holos party, became head of the State Property Fund, an agency that sells state assets to private investors. He is credited with turning things around in this institution, which is often embroiled in corruption scandals. Umerov also resumed selling state properties and earned record revenues for the state budget during the war.

The new defense minister of Ukraine. Umerov will replace Reznikov

Umerow, described by those close to him as a talented negotiator. He was part of the Ukrainian team that negotiated with Russia in March 2022, one month after the invasion of Ukraine. He also took part in talks on an agreement on a grain deal for the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea and the exchange of prisoners, including soldiers of the Azov regiment captured during the fighting for Mariupol in 2022.

Umerov was also a member of the delegation during Zelensky’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May and accompanied First Lady Olena Zelenskaya during her visit to the United Arab Emirates in March.

Before becoming involved in politics, Umerow was active in private business. In 2013 he founded his own investment company ASTEM and a foundation under the same name. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance.

If Umerov wants to become the new defense minister, his candidacy must be approved by the Ukrainian parliament. He replaces Oleksiy Reznikov, who has been head of the Ministry of National Defense of Ukraine since November 2021.

Source: Do Rzeczy