Informal curator of the coal industry
Born December 18, 1965. Vitalii Beliakov got educated at the Faculty of Metallurgy of Donetsk Polytechnic Institute. In 2000s, he started working in the coal industry. In 2010s, he headed the Donbass Financial Center association. The company was a part of Yanukovych’s family business group and controlled the work of the coal-mining plants in the Donbass region. He lived in Crimea after Maidan and got back to Ukraine already after Zelensky’s victory in the presidential elections.
Associated with Kolomoisky
In summer 2019, Vitalii Belyakov became the new informal curator of the state coal industry from Kolomoisky’s side. In his position, he replaced Poroshenko’s Vitalii Kropachov. After that, several directors of state-owned coal enterprises were replaced.