Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich

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Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich
Date of birth (1964-04-01) 1 April 1964 (age 55)
Place of birthSoviet Union
Year of aliyah1979
Faction represented in Knesset

Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich (Hebrew: יוליה שמאלוב-ברקוביץ', born 1 April 1964) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima between 2009 and 2013.


Born in the Soviet Union, Shamalov-Berkovich made aliyah to Israel in 1979.[1] Between 1983 and 1984 she studied for a certificate in Journalism and Television, before studying for a BA in sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University between 1985 and 1988. She later returned to the university to complete an MBA in 1998.

She was amongst the founders of Israel Plus, the country's Russian language television channel, and Vesti, its largest Russian-language newspaper.[2] She also worked as a marketing and media consultant.

She joined Kadima shortly after its establishment, and was placed fortieth on its list for the 2006 Knesset elections, but missed out on a seat. She was placed twenty-ninth on the party's list for the 2009 elections, but missed out on a seat again as the party won 28 seats. However, she entered the Knesset on 2 July 2009 as a replacement for Haim Ramon, who had resigned.

In December 2012 it was announced that she would head the Economics party's list for the 2013 elections.[3] However, the party failed to cross the electoral threshold and she subsequently lost her seat.

She is married with two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b MK Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich sworn in to Knesset Ynetnews, 6 July 2009
  2. ^ Hoffman, Gil (2009-06-29). "Ramon to quit Knesset today after 26 years". The Jerusalem Post. p. 1. Ramon will be replaced by the next person on the Kadima list, Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich, a former deputy director-general of the party and a founder of an Israeli Russian-language newspaper (Vesty) and television station (Israel Plus - Channel 9) who has lived in Israel since 1979.
  3. ^ Center-Left fails to unite; no serious contender for PM The Jerusalem Post, 6 December 2012

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