Rinat Lustig is best known for being the wife of Vladimir Zelenko, a Ukrainian-American family physician known for promoting a three-drug combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc sulfate, and azithromycin as part of experimental outpatient treatment for COVID-19 that he has promoted as the Zelenko Protocol. Zelenko is reported to have passed away on June 20, 2022, at the age of 8 after a long battle with cancer.
Rinat Lustig Age
She is currently 42 years old in 2022.
Rinat Lustig Background
Rinat Lustig was raised in Eretz Israel and had been living in New York since 2011. She studied at Yeshiva University for a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical/Medical Social Work from 2008 to 2009. She describes herself as a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Brooklyn. Rinat has 15 years of experience working in Israel and in New York. She speaks English and Hebrew, and I understand Yiddish.
According to her Linkedin, she currently works as a Psychotherapist working as a private practitioner starting in 2013 in the Greater New York area. Rinat says that she has a wide experience of working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, different religions and sexual preferences.
She also works for JBFCS as a Psychotherapist in Private Practice from Jan 2011 to date.
Vladimir Zelenko & Rinat Lustig
Zelenko was introduced to Rinat when she was in New York and was 41 years old at the time. He said that the two spoke on phone several times and agreed to meet. It was on their second date that Zelenko knew that he would marry her. He says that Rinat was a breath of fresh air in his life and that she enjoyed talking to her and found her to be brilliant, mature and extremely intuitive.
After they dated for several weeks, Zelenko wanted to introduce Rinat to his family and close friends. His concern however was that since he was so recently divorced, perhaps his thoughts and feelings were clouded and compromised.
After all, formalities were fulfilled, and the two flew back to Eretz Yisrael to get married. The chuppah ceremony was a very private affair. It was held at a private location in Jerusalem. You can read more about their love story here.
Vladimir Zelenko Cause of Death
Zelenko died on June 30, 2022 at age 48, following a long battle with cancer as per a stetement relesed by his family. The statement reads,
“It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko. He was a physician, scientist, and activist for medical rights who touched the lives of millions of people. Some were saved through his role as a doctor, and even more, were inspired by his words. His “Zelenko Protocol” saved millions and earned him a Nobel Prize nomination and the admiration of a U.S. President, among other prominent world leaders. ”
Zelenko is survived by his wife, Rinat, their two children, Shira and Liba, and six children from his previous marriage, Levi Yitzchok, Esther Tova, Eta Devorah, Nochum Dovid, Shmuel Nosson Yaakov, Menachem Mendel. Also his parents, Alex (Aaron) and Larisa (Leah) and his brother Ephraim (w. Chany).