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At least that’s what candidates in the upcoming Oct. 28 parliamentary election seem to be banking on.

With the election just a little more than five weeks away, the parties and candidates have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars officially. But many think the actual spending is much higher, just off the books, like much of Ukraine’s economy.

Where the money is coming from is a tightly kept secret by political parties and leaders.  “We are a poor country with very expensive elections,” joked political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko.

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