Mustafa Masi Nayyem is a Ukrainian journalist, MP and public figure of Afghan origin. Formerly, he was a reporter for the newspaper “Kommersant Ukraine”, the TVi channel, and the internet newspaper “Ukrayinska Pravda”.
Mr. Nayyem worked as a reporter for the “Kommersant Ukraine” newspaper in 2005-2007 and then for Shuster LIVE, a political talk show on the Ukrainian television, in 2007-2011. In 2009,
Mr. Nayyem received national attention following a live discussion at TV Channel “Ukraine” with then-presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych. During the discussion, he questioned Yanukovych about acquisition of the Mezhyhirya Residence.
From September 2011 to late April 2013, he worked for the Ukrainian television channel TVi. After resigning due to a conflict with the channel's new management, he started a web project together with colleagues who also left the channel. Their project was named Hromadske.TV.
Using Facebook, Nayem was one of the first activists to urge Ukrainians to gather on Independence Square in Kiev to protest against Viktor Yanukovych's decision to “pause” preparations for signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. His summons on Facebook on November 21, 2013, were the start of the Euromaidan protests, which led to the overthrow of the Yanukovych government.
Mr. Nayyem was included in the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc and elected to the Verkhovna Rada on the parliamentary elections of October 26, 2014. He is one of dozens of Euromaidan activists who are trying to pivot from street politics into big politics, where they hope to spearhead reform and turn Ukraine into a prosperous European state.
Mr. Nayyem is a member of the Committee on European Integration in the 8th convocation of the Parliament.
Mr. Nayyem was born in Kabul in 1981. He graduated from the Technical Lyceum in Kiev in 1998 and the Aerospace Systems Department of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2004. He speaks fluent Ukrainian, Pashto, Russian, and English.