Oleksandr Tupytskyi

Oleksandr Tupytskyi

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

Tupytskyi Oleksandr was born on January 28, 1963 in Bilozir'ya village, Cherkasy district, Cherkasy region.

In 1988, he graduated from Kharkov Law Institute of F. E. Dzerzhinsky.

In 1988-1993, he worked in the prosecutor's office of the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk as an intern, investigator, and senior investigator.


Then for 17 years, from 1993 to 2010, Oleksandr Tupytskyi worked in the Kuibyshev district court of Donetsk. In 2002-2009, he headed this court. At that time, Oleksandr Tupytskyi became involved in political persecution. He announced a guilty verdict to lawyer Serhii Salov as then-President Leonid Kuchma personally demanded to punish him for "slander", according to “Melnichenko records.” Later, the verdict made by Tupitsky to Salov was overturned by the European Court of Human Rights.

Oleksandr Tupytskyi became one of the Donetsk officials who, after Viktor Yanukovych came to power, received promotions and transfers to higher positions in other regions of Ukraine. Thus, during 2010–2013, Tupytskyi was elected and worked as a judge in the Donetsk, Lviv, and Dnipropetrovsk Commercial Courts of Appeal. He also was a chairman of the Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk Commercial Courts of Appeal.

In May 2013, Viktor Yanukovych appointed Tupytskyi a judge of the Constitutional Court until 2021. In 2018-2019, he was a Deputy Chairman of the CCU, on September 17, 2019 he was elected Chairman of the Constitutional Court.

Property: Tupytskyi's declaration states an estate in Yalta, in the occupied Crimea, which he bought there before the Revolution of Dignity. In Kyiv, he and his wife own a 200-square-meter apartment and rent a summer house in Koncha Zaspa near Kyiv as a CCU judge.


Associated with Kolomoisky

In June 2019, Tupytskyi was a member of the Second Senate of the CCU, which repealed the law on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), which gave NABU the right to sue for the cancellation of harmful and corrupt, according to NABU, agreements. The plaintiff in the case was the JSC Zaporozhye Ferro Alloys Plant that belonged to the Privat group. The plant excessively consumed electricity for its production, and accumulated a debt of 165 million hryvnias to the supplier PJSC "Zaporizhzhyaoblenergo". To write off these debts, the made an agreement with HC Energomerezha, a company close to the Surkis brothers (who are minority shareholders of Zaporizhzhyaoblenergo) to assign the debt. NABU managed to invalidate agreements on assignment of debts in commercial courts, after which the plant appealed to the Constitutional Court.

According to experts, the CCU's decision to limit NABU's powers was questionable because the court took over the cassation function in a private dispute, and NABU's right to go to court was misinterpreted by judges as misrepresentation of state interests, but in fact, it were the judges who deprived the country with effective mechanism for preventing corruption.

Tupytskyi, being a member of the Second Senate, also closed a case on the unconstitutionality of the 2004 law on the privatization of the state company Ukrrudprom. According to that case, the key financial and industrial groups of the country, including Privat, received preferences for the purchase of corporate rights in mining and processing plants.