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Economist: Footballers and other candidates

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Oct. 9, 2012, 7:04 p.m. | Politics — by Economist

A photo taken on September 15, 2012 shows Ukraine's former star striker and a leader of the pro-business party called Ukraine Forward! Andriy Shevchenko posing during an interview with Agence France-Presse at the Crimean resort of Yalta. Ukraine's recently-retired football star Andriy Shevchenko strongly defended his controversial new political career, denying he is making money and saying he has already ploughed $1.2 million of his own funds into the project.
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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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