Former Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Sharkov Oleksandr Kostyantynovych, 72, Passed Away on 16 March 2017

March 16, 2017, at the age of 72, former Chairman of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence, Major-General Sharkov Oleksandr Kostyantynovych lost his long battle to a disease.

Sharkov Oleksandr Kostyantynovych from January to October 1993 temporarily served as the Chief of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine, and from October 1993 to July 1995 he led the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Being a professional intelligence officer since 1969, he began service in the rank of junior authorized operative of the Foreign Intelligence subunit. During the 1980-1985 he was on a long-term business trip abroad.

In May 1986, he headed a special group for intelligence support to the governmental Commission on Liquidation of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster.

For his service, O. Sharkov has been awarded the Order of the Red Star, medals “For Irreproachable Service”, a sign “Honored Worker of the State Security”, personal firearms, other medals and institutional awards.

O. Sharkov was a member of the Committee on Intelligence under the President of Ukraine, Advisor to the Verkhovna Rada’s Commission on National Security of Ukraine, a member of the State Expert Technical Commission of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Head of the Permanent Delegation of Special Services of Ukraine to the International Association against Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse.

Having retired, he stayed in touch with the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, participated in all events and meetings of veterans, shared his experience with the younger generation of the Ukrainian intelligence officers.


The leadership and personnel of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine express condolences to his family and friends. Oleksandr Kostyantynovych will be remembered by the SZRU’s employees as a true patriot and professional.