Denys Monastyrsky

Denys Monastyrsky
Денис Монастирський
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Official portrait, 2021
12th Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
In office
26 July 2021 – 18 January 2023
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
Prime MinisterDenys Shmyhal
Preceded byArsen Avakov
People's Deputy of Ukraine
9th convocation
In office
29 August 2019 – 16 July 2021
ConstituencyServant of the People
Personal details
Born(1980-06-12)12 June 1980
Khmelnytskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died18 January 2023(2023-01-18) (aged 42)
Brovary, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine
Political partyServant of the People
Alma materLeonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law

Denys Anatoliiovych Monastyrsky (Ukrainian: Денис Анатолійович Монастирський; 12 June 1980 – 18 January 2023) was a Ukrainian lawyer and politician who served as Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs from 16 July 2021 to his death on 18 January 2023.


Denys Anatoliiovych Monastyrsky was born in Khmelnytskyi, in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union, on 12 June 1980. He was a graduate of Faculty of Law of the Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law. Monastyrsky was also a former student at the Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He had a PhD in law.

In 2007 Monastyrsky started his career as a lawyer. He also headed the department of lawmaking and scientific expertise of the research part of the Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law, where he worked as an associate professor. Monastyrsky was a co-founder and a member of the board of the Podolia Youth Cultural Association "Into the Future through Culture".

Between 2014 and 2019, Monastyrsky was an assistant-consultant to Anton Herashchenko.

In the run up to the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election Monastyrsky was presented as an expert of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky's "Team" on law enforcement reform. Zelensky won the election and was inaugurated as President of Ukraine on 20 May 2019.

Monastyrsky was a candidate for Servant of the People in the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election. He was placed No. 19 on the national election list and elected to the Ukrainian parliament. In parliament he became head of the parliamentary Committee on Law Enforcement Affairs. According to an analysis of Civil movement "Chesno" he was one of the people's deputies who submitted the most legislative initiatives.

After Interior Minister Arsen Avakov had submitted his resignation (letter) as Interior Minister on 12 July 2021, Monastyrsky was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs by 271 MPs on 16 July 2021. Anton Herashchenko became one of his official advisors at the Ministry.


Monastyrsky, along with his deputy Yevhen Yenin, were killed in a helicopter crash on 18 January 2023 in Brovary, an eastern suburb of the capital Kyiv. The helicopter hit a kindergarten as it crashed, and three children were among the 18 killed. Fifteen others were treated for injuries.


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