Economist: Footballers and other candidates
ONE evening in late September, people filed into the Philharmonia building in Chernivtsi, a town near Ukraine’s border with Romania, that was known as Czernowitz under the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
They had not come to hear a string quartet. The night’s star was Andriy Shevchenko, a hero of Ukrainian football, who has announced during the summer that he was leaving football for politics. He is now on the party list of “Ukraine – Forward”, second only to Natalia Korolevska, the party’s leader.
Mr Shevchenko and Ms Korolevska were in this tucked-away province to campaign for the parliamentary elections on October 28th.
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