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.