H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk
President (1991-1994), Ukraine
H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk was President of Ukraine (1991-1994), the first ever to be elected by direct popular vote and the first president of this newly independent country. When the process of perestroika began in the U.S.S.R., H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk occupied an important post in the ideological section of the party, and became famous for his participation in open debates with the leading opposition organization. Due to his active support of the democratization of Ukrainian society, he was regarded as a person representing new political thinking. Leonid M. Kravchuk's place in history is secure: he played a decisive role in Ukraine's road to independence and democratic reform.