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Hungry for change, Ukrainians are up for a risky choice

Presidential election has oligarchs pulling strings and comedian as a front runner

With a comedian as front runner, oligarchs pulling strings from behind and candidates having their blood drawn in public for drug-testing before a scheduled TV showdown in Kiev's Olympic stadium, Ukraine's ongoing presidential election campaign has been a huge spectacle.

But there is a lot at stake, not just for the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline 'Hungry for change, Ukrainians are up for a risky choice'. Print Edition | Subscribe