Ukraine: Race Against The Machine In the country on the other side of the impeachment hearings... A comedian runs for president of Ukraine and wins in a landslide, with a parliamentary majority to pass any law he wants. So now what? Our host, Gregory Warner, reports from Kyiv.
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Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

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Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

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A march through the streets of Kyiv.

Gregory Warner

On this episode, Rough Translation travels to the other side of the impeachment scandal.

Earlier this year, Ukraine elected a comedian as its new president, kicking off a wave of reform that swept the country. Now, Ukrainians feel like they finally have a chance at ending corruption. In part one of a special series, host Gregory Warner meets the people behind this fight. And we follow one newly-elected parliamentarian as he races to fix a broken system, before time runs out.

Stay tuned for part two, in two weeks.

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Further reading:

  • You can watch the first episode of Servant of the People, Zelensky's TV show, here. The whole series is available on Netflix. 
  • This essay from n+1 explores the relationship between Ukrainian, Russian, and American politics.
  • Check out this photo of a 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary brawl that looks like a Renaissance painting. 

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