Vasyl' Semenovych Stefanyk (1871 — 1936) was a classical Ukrainian prose writer and political activist. He was a member of the Austrian parliament 1908-1918.Vasyl Stefanyk was born on May 14, 1871 in the village of Rusiv in the family of a well established peasant. He was born in the historical region of Pokuttya, in Austro-Hungary. Today it is part of the Sniatyn Raion, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. He died on December 7, 1936 in the same village, Rusiv, at that time the part of Poland.