Viktor Yanukovich casts his ballot at a polling station in Kyiv on February 7, 2010.
As the world looks to London, a more important contest has kicked off in Kyiv with star quality of its own.
Several well-known faces return from previous elections. President Viktor Yanukovych, notorious for his role in rigging the 2004 elections, is sure to feature prominently in support of the parliamentary candidates from his Party of Regions. There is also serial parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, who recently resigned over the controversial (and allegedly fraudulent) passing of the inflammatory language law that challenged the supremacy of Ukrainian, and, of course, the country's most internationally famous politician and contemporary icon, Yulia Tymoshenko.