KLITSCHKO SAYS COME TO UKRAINE AND IGNORE THE GOVERNMENT

28.05.12


Klitshko

BBC Ukrainian carries an interview (in Ukrainian) with Volodymyr Klitschko, the Ukrainian boxing champion, who is calling on all football fans and European political leaders to come to Ukraine for Euro 2012 and enjoy the football. In the interview, he reflects on the worsening state of human and social rights in Ukraine, but says that the politicians should not boycott the championships.  In Klitschko's view, the more people who visit Ukraine, the more everyone will know what problems Ukraine is facing. 

His brother, Vitaliy Klitschko, who now heads the opposition party "Udar" (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform), has also called on European politicians to find other ways to put pressure on the Ukrainian government. In a comment published in the Times, he called on European politicians to come to Ukraine, visit Yuliya Tymoshenko, attend the matches and enjoy the football, but sit with their fans and their teams, leaving the Ukrainian government in lonely isolation in their VIP boxes, musing on how long their authoritarian regime can last.



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