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You're reading: Economist: Footballers and other candidates

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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