Jane Wales, CEO, Email, 415-293-4600
On April 21, Ukrainians went to the polls and in a landslide vote, elected as their president Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky is a 41-year-old comedian and political novice that stars in a TV series playing a high school teacher who becomes president when his rant against corrupt politicians goes viral. Political analysts see this as a protest vote against rampant corruption, economic hardship and a seemingly never-ending war in eastern Ukraine fomented and supported by Russia. This war has killed 13,000 and internally displaced close to 2 million people leaving Ukrainians deeply frustrated and ready for a change.
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