Brashchaiko, Yulii

Brashchaiko, Yulii [Бращайко, Юлій; Braščajko, Julij], b 19 April 1879 in the village of Hlyboke, Ung komitat, Transcarpathia, d 9 October 1955 in Uzhhorod, Transcarpathia oblast. Community and political leader in Transcarpathia, lawyer in Khust and Uzhhorod, brother of Mykhailo Brashchaiko. In 1918–19, along with his brother Mykhailo, he organized a movement for the unification of Transcarpathia and Ukraine. He was a founding member of the Central Ruthenian People's Council and in 1919 was named the member responsible for trade of the autonomous government of Subcarpathian Ruthenia, the Directory of Subcarpathian Ruthenia. He was a founder and leading member of the Ruthenian Agrarian party and later the Christian People's party, head of the Prosvita society, and cofounder (with his brother Mykhailo) of Ukraïns’ke slovo (Uzhhorod), one of the first newspapers in Transcarpathia to appear from the outset in Standard Ukrainian. In February 1939 he became a member of the Diet of Carpatho-Ukraine and on 14 March 1939 the minister of the interior of Carpatho-Ukraine. He led unsuccessful negotiations with the Hungarian government. In late 1944 he was arrested and sent to a labor camp in Yenakiieve in the Donets Basin. He was released in the fall of 1945.

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