No joke: Comedian Zelenskiy leads race to Ukrainian presidency

Ukrainians headed to the polls on Sunday for the first round of presidential elections. Many are disappointed in incumbent Petro Poroshenko for his failure to address corruption. They don't think much of his more traditional rival, former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, either. Instead, the frontrunner in the polls is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who wrote and starred in a TV series in which an ordinary guy gets himself elected president. Life could soon imitate art, as Gulliver Cragg reports.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett.

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