Jan Petrovych Tabachnyk, also known as Yakov Pinevich or Yakiv Pinevych (Ukrainian: Ян Петрович Табачник), was a prominent figure in both the entertainment and political landscapes of Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. Born on July 31, 1945, and passing away on September 11, 2023, he was a variety composer, accordionist, politician, and entrepreneur.

Early Life

Tabachnyk was born on July 31, 1945, into a Jewish family. From an early age, his multifaceted talents began to emerge, setting the stage for a diverse career that would span music, politics, and business.

Political Career

He was a notable member of the Party of Regions and served as a deputy in the Verkhovna Rada during its 5th and 6th convocations. During the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Tabachnyk was placed at number 18 on the electoral list of the Party of Regions. He was subsequently re-elected into parliament. However, he did not participate in elections following that term.

Music and Entertainment

As a variety composer and accordionist, Tabachnyk held a special place in the hearts of those who appreciated the musical arts. His contributions to the field were not only enjoyed by the masses but also recognized by institutions through various awards.

Business Ventures

Although not much is detailed about his business ventures, his entrepreneurial spirit added another layer to his already diverse portfolio.

Awards and Honors

Throughout his life, Tabachnyk was the recipient of several prestigious awards:

  • People’s Artist of Ukraine in 1994
  • Order of Merit (III grade) in August 1999
  • Order of Merit (II grade) in May 2002
  • Order of Merit (I grade) in August 2004


Jan Petrovych Tabachnyk passed away on September 11, 2023, at the age of 78. His death marked the end of an era, but his legacy in the fields of music, politics, and entrepreneurship continues to be remembered and celebrated.