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
Mr Shevchenko and Ms Korolevska were in
this tucked-away province to campaign for the parliamentary elections on