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A new face – at almost any price

Valentina Radchenko does not have to think for a long time, followers of Volodimir Selenski count. Your friend in Western Ukraine to vote for the 41-year-old comedian. Likewise their work colleague. And as the 54-year-old accountant, visited her parents, have in the vicinity of the Central Ukrainian Poltava, a small house, a garden and five chickens, proclaimed her 83-year-old father Boris, he's going to vote for Selenski.

Prior to the runoff against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday polls predict a comedian up to 73 percent of the vote; Poroshenko arrives in the best case, to 27 percent. This situation has little to do with the comedian and a lot to do with Poroshenko: The President has disappointed in his five years in office, many Ukrainians. In Poltava, a town of 300'000 inhabitants located 330 kilometers to the East of Kiev, won the President in the first ballot on January 31. March, only 11 percent of the vote, Challenger Selenski almost 36 percent.

Valentina Radchenko is a patriot. As the Russia of 2014 occupied the Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine began, voted for Poroshenko. "His promise to end the war quickly, I thought, even then, not to be realistic," she says. According to UN data, have been killed in the war in Eastern Ukraine, about 13'000 people and an end to the conflict is not in sight. "But I was hoping we would at least make other things such as economic progress," said Radchenko. "But our country."

The local princes

left As an accountant in a computer company earned the equivalent of 350 Swiss francs, her husband as a night watchman at a still lower wage. If the Radtschenkos a new home appliance for your 46-square-meter apartment from the Soviet era, want to buy, stuttering the purchase price by small credit. And the two sons have found, despite the completion of the engineering studies, a Job corresponding to their qualification.

Certainly, Poroshenko has also set successful reforms – for example in health care or decentralisation. Ukrainian cities and regions have today is not made only more full but also more money. The Budget of Poltava is today at 150 million francs – seven times more than eight years ago. "All of Poroshenko's success to be overshadowed by corruption and abuse of power," says Olexei Serdyukov, editor-in-chief of the Poltava Content of the news portal. "He is in favor with the voters so deep, because he is questionable for the cities and regions and Clans, and local princes, which should secure him the votes for re-election, but, above all, for their own business objectives."

In Poltava failed to mention the mayor to the city Council, for example, that a woman had to get urban land, was his step-daughter. As a state brought a lawyer charges, was offered to the competent judge, according to the "first bribe, then the method is removed and the mayor spoke, finally free". An influential entrepreneur, part of the Poroshenko party, the city has allowed, at the most prominent street in the single drive-through to a residential complex and a children's Playground entertainment to open a coffee shop. In order to create facts, it was blocking the trader, the passage of strong men with iron plates. As a civil rights activist wanted to stop the action, he was stabbed. "The attack on me was two years ago, but he is not enlightened until today," says the man.

In Poltava is also appointed by the President, the Governor got into the twilight. The Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine that he and other officials for public contracts should have got solely of two companies of 200'000 Swiss francs bribe, luxury holidays in Spain and a luxury Jeep. The Governor denies the allegations, but in mid-March, Poroshenko fired him.

half However, the little more for the Image. Because there are two new scandals had reached the President. Poroshenko's longtime Confidant, Igor Kononenko is supposed to be involved in multi-million dollar manipulation in the electricity sector. And the son of another long-time friend to smuggle weapon parts from Russia and the Ukrainian army have sold countless times over the market price for the price.

Not only reformers, but also convinced nationalists by the President disappointed. "In the army, it is all Self-praise of Poroshenko in Spite of still so that families buy their sons a good bullet-proof vests before you have to get to the Front," says Anatoly Schijan, the head of the "National body" in Poltava, the ultra-right party, which is part of the volunteer battalion Azov. And that soldiers, each other Rob, was on the agenda. Since the disclosure of the scandal of the inflated weapons prices will have demonstrated the right-wing nationalist in any election of Poroshenko and the work-up of the scandal called for. Also in Poltava Poroshenko chants the ultra had to drown out the nationalists, as he came in the middle of March to the election campaign in the city.

millions of work in the EU

After all, one of the President has fought for the country, to appreciate them also in Poltava knowledge: the Visa-free entry into the EU. Millions of Ukrainians have since traveled to Europe, often to earn money. In Poland alone, up to two million Ukrainians work; many are also in other EU-countries, usually only a few months before they return to Ukraine. "Among my Acquaintances of ten make their money in Europe," says Olexander Schamota. He is for several months, interim mayor of Poltava, after the old mayor was dismissed from office. "Millions of Ukrainians don't come back from Europe only with money but also with the experience, such as good Governance really looks like. Now you want the Same thing in the Ukraine. With new faces, because they are disappointed by the old," says Schamota.

Volodimir Selenski is for a lot of this new face. Accountant Radchenko has, however, made a different decision. "No Meetings with voters, silly Clips on the Internet – this is no way for a presidential candidate." It will be on Sunday, unlike many of their well-Known, gritting his teeth again for Petro Poroshenko votes.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.04.2019, 21:03 PM

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