Million inheritance for Zaluzhny: who is Stepanets and who was he to the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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A million-dollar legacy for Zaluzhny: who is Stepanets and who was he to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny donated $1 million to the needs of the army, which he inherited from Grigory Stepants, an American of Ukrainian origin.

< p>Who is Grigory Stepanets and what kind of relationship did he have with Zaluzhny during his lifetime? year in Vinnitsa. His father fought in World War II and died in October 1941.

Grigory and his mother were evacuated to the Urals. There they were starving. After the war they returned to Vinnitsa. There was also very little food in the city then. We survived only thanks to my uncle, who fought and was wounded, lost his leg. He shared military rations with them.

Stepanets graduated from school with a gold medal in 1956 and entered the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He graduated with honors from a higher educational institution, receiving a master's degree in mathematics, a master's degree in chemistry, and a PhD in physical chemistry.

He was fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, German, Italian and English, translated several books .

After graduating from the university, Stepanets worked as a researcher at the university, and then — in several different institutions as a senior systems programmer and analyst.

He worked at the Geophysical Research Institute in Moscow. Lost his position after he signed a letter in support of dissidents. Then Stepanets was dismissed on a falsified occasion, he was persecuted by the KGB.

The situation changed after Mikhail Gorbachev came to power. At this time, Grigory Stepants was given permission to leave the Soviet Union.

In  1989 he came to the United States and started working for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington as a software developer. Together with another colleague, he invented a patent transferred to Microsoft for decoding variable-length data codes.

An obituary on the website of the American memorial service Dignity Memorial states that Grigory Stepanets died on October 24, 2022 in Redmond (Washington, USA) .

According to the obituary, the wife died the day before Stepanets, October 23, 2022.

A million-dollar legacy for Zaluzhny: who is Stepanets and who was he to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

< p>On the page of the memorial service, obviously, the son-in-law of the spouses Dean Butler left a message:

"Alla and Grigory — you were an extraordinary couple.”

Grigory and his wife Alla, whom they met in 1959, are survived by a daughter, grandson and great-grandson.

As Grigory's relatives said Stepanets, "with Gregory love for Ukraine can only be compared with his love for plants and trees".

Who was Stepanets Zaluzhny

Stepanets was not a relative of Zaluzhny, and the inheritance became a symbolic and rather unexpected gesture for the general himself. It is worth noting that Stepanets bequeathed $2 million each to two Ukrainian universities (the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Ukrainian Catholic University).

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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