Valery Zaluzhny donated a million dollars inherited from Grigory Stepants to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The man was born in 1938 in Vinnitsa.
The information that Zaluzhny donated a million dollars was confirmed by the press service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasized that he did not doubt for a moment what to do with the inheritance.
I devoted my whole life to the armed forces. And he had no doubts about what he should do with the inheritance. Gregory's last will, obviously, was to support the Ukrainian army in my person. I am grateful to everyone who helps the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And I am grateful to my family for their understanding,” Zaluzhny said.
What is known about Grigory Stepanets, who left money as a legacy
Grigory Stepanets is a native of Vinnitsa. His father fought during World War II. He was killed in October 1941. Then Grigory and his mother were evacuated to the Urals. There they suffered from hunger and other trials. When the war ended, the mother and son returned to their native Vinnitsa.
They survived only because their uncle, who was seriously wounded during the war, shared his military rations. After leaving school, Grigory studied in Moscow, and then worked at the Geophysical Research Institute.
Grigory was fired by the Soviet authorities for signing a letter in support of dissidents, falsifying the pretext. Subsequently, Stepanets was persecuted by the KGB. He tried to leave, but did not receive an exit visa.
In 1989, Stepanets finally managed to leave for the United States. There he worked at Microsoft in Redmond. Became a software developer. The team invented a patent assigned to Microsoft for decoding variable length data codes.