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.
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.