Svytoslav Piskun was born in March 8, 1959. His native town is Berdichev, Zhitomir region. In 1983 he graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with a degree in law. He worked in the Office of Public Prosecution for 14 years.

In 1997-2002 he took up his post first as a deputy and later as a chief of investigating department of the tax police attached to the National Tax Administration of Ukraine. He concurrently worked as a vice-president of the National State Academy of Ukraine.

On July 6, 2002 members of parliament in majority voted for his candidacy on the post of prosecutor general. On October 29, 2003 he was dismissed by Leonid Kuchma. The argument for it was the recommendation of the Coordination Board on Struggle with Organized Crime and Corruption. Besides, 17 present on the session members of the Coordination Committee, including the chief of Ministry Internal Affairs, Nikolay Bilokon, and the president of Security Service of Ukraine, Igor Smeshko, voted for the proposal of dismissing.  

On February 14, 2004 Svyatoslav Piskun was appointed on the post of the assistant secretary National Security and Defense Council.

On December 10, 2004 the judgment of Pechersk court of Kiev reinstated Piskun in the post of the prosecutor general.

Nowadays Svyatoslav Mikhailovich takes up following posts: lieutenant –general of tax service; vice-chairman of Union of Jurists of Ukraine; vice-president of the International Jurists’ Fund; the member of Superior Council of Justice of Ukraine; full member of World-wide Jurists’ Association; honored jurist of Ukraine.

He is rewarded with "For services" third degree order, Dmitry Solunsky fourth degree order, "Christmas" second degree order. He is also a holder of Saint Svyatoslav order and honored professor of Academy of tax Administration of Ukraine.

In June, 2003 Block of Julia Timoshenko (BJT) faction asked Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to hear the accounts of the prosecutor general, Svyatoslav Piskun, and the head of Security Service of Ukraine, Vladimir Radchenko, concerning the criminal case about the seizure of large lot of drugs. Julia Timoshenko appealed that Piskun was probably involved in it, as there were two officials of tax police figuring in.  

The press service reported there that Security Service did not have such information (the involvement of Office of Public Prosecutor’s officials in the crime) at its disposal. Svyatoslav Piskun rebutted that information as well.

In October, 2003 the head of Coordination Board on struggle with Organized Crime and Corruption, Olga Kolynko, blamed Piskun for following violation: the abuse of authority; non-compliance with the presidential decrees; commerce; illegal rest in Crimea, United Arab Emirates and Alps. This list was properly the crucial pro of Piskun’s dismissal.  

Giving heed to the fact of restoration in the post, Piskun is reckoned to be cleared of accusations.

In April, 2004, the deputy, Grigory Omelchenko asked the prosecutor general and the secretary of National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) to investigate fact of transferring of 100,000$ to an account of a certain bank. The sum was used by Piskun for private needs.  

Showdowns with Timoshenko

The uneasy relations between Timoshenko and Piskun may be a plot for Ukrainian soaps. The plot is extremely trite. The main character of it is a brave investigator. He always insists on imprisonment of the thief. The heroine in turns blames him with unscrupulousness.   

In September of 2003, Julia Timoshenko brought a suit against Piskun and "Stolichnye Novosti" (Capital News) publishing firm. She accused them of disparagement. On November 21, 2004 Pechersk District Court rejected Timoshenko’s suit because of default of plaintiff.

"Many times I asked, ask and will ask the deputies to close their eyes like Themis on the fact that Timoshenko is a pretty woman, the deputy and the leader of faction. Read the report of the Office of Public Prosecutor and give your mark to Timoshenko’s actions as a citizen of Ukraine. The quarter of state budget was taken out of Ukraine in 1997. We might pay pensions and raise wages by that quarter ($2 billion). Why should we forgive the authorities who had gained billions out of thousands poor people," stated Piskun in the interview for "Stolichnye Novosti" newspaper of September 2, 2003.

That is why it was not a surprise for anyone when Julia Timoshenko was glad to hear about Piskun’s dismissal in October, 2003. Nowadays, Timoshenko stated that "it is unworthy to comment on Kuchma’s appointments. I am sure that his prosecutor will be gone with him," ("Glavred" of December 11, 2004. Timoshenko was sure that Yushchenko would bring a new command to Office of public Prosecutor.
Piskun, vice versa, demonstrates his loyalty to Julia Timoshenko. "I rose from the knees due to her as well. I am going to change my point of view towards her taking into account American court decision for Lazarenko’s case. I do not have questions to her any more," declared Piskun to "Svoboda" of December 13, 2004.

On January 16, 2005 Julia Timoshenko said that new power charged Piskun with institution of criminal cases against her and her team. "I am surprised with new order to take on hook my family," mentioned Timoshenko and promised to find out who was the client ("Glavred" of January 16, 2005).    

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