Culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko confirmed he is quitting his ministerial post  citing underfunding and lost control over a key film agency.

After the government stripped his ministry of control over ‘Derzhkino’, the agency that oversees state-funded film production, Tkachenko said he was ‘baffled’ over such ‘management of processes’, which is not ‘his concept and values’.

Another reason that prompted his exit, according to the minister, is slashed spending on ministry-led culture projects.

Tkachenko promises to provide the full  account on his work arguing he has accomplished ‘50% of what he planned to do’.


Earlier, Tkachenko faced public allegations of racism.