Correspondent Member of NAS of Ukraine (2006), Doctor of History (1981), Professor (1986), Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (2011), Head Researcher of the Social and Political History Department
In 1970 graduated from the Department of History at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Until 1976 worked as an Assistant, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor of the aforementioned university. In the mean time he was a post-graduate student and in 1973 defended the Candidate dissertation.
From 1976 to 1984 he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Party History of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the department of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He worked on issues of the history of bolshevist organizations of Ukraine in the early 20th century and in 1917-1918; the history of Soviet party press of the same period, published several monographs and became a co-author of a range of collective works, defended Doctor’s thesis. In 1984-1986 he headed the Department of Historical Experience of CPSU in Kyiv Party School. In 1988-1991 he became the Head of the Department of Historical and Political Research at the Institute of Political Research of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. From 1992 until July, 2010 he was the Head of the Department of Ethno-Historical Research of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of NAS of Ukraine. His scholarly interest was focused on the period of 1917-1920, during this period he prepared several publications on national-democratic revolution. From July, 2010 till June, 2014 V. Soldatenko was the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.
V. F. Soldatenko is the author more than 650 publications. This includes more than 50 monographs, 20 of which were individual ones.
5 doctoral and 10 candidate dissertations were successfully defended under his supervision.