Media Stars to Parliament Candidates
Actors, showmen, comedians and pop stars are all running in the Ukrainian parliamentary elections. Which parties will they represent and who chose to change their vibrant careers for lawmaking?
Among them is another comedian from Zelensky’s “Studia Kvartal 95” Yurii Koryavchenkov, as well as showman and comedian Serhiy Syvokho.
Oleksandr Skychko, a TV anchor and a comedian will also run for parliament.
“Servant of the People” has also included Mykola Tyshchenko on its party list. A TV anchor, restauranteur and a master of the martial art – judo.
Meanwhile, the frontman of the band “Okean Elzy” Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has formed his own political party to run for parliament. The party was announced on May 16 and is called “Holos,” which means “voice.” Serhiy Prytula, an actor, comedian, and TV anchor joined the party.
“I could work for the freedom of speech and freedom of information committee. This would be something that is close to my interests. I’m also interested in the committee on national security and defense. Over the time I was doing volunteer work, I managed to learn this system from the inside and how it should be reformed. And, of course, I am interested in the committee on anti-corruption. But our team has a lot of specialists in this sphere and I will probably have to stand in a queue to get in,” Prytula said.
Singer Anastasia Prykhodko decided to ditch stage performances to perform in Parliament. She is running with Yulia Tymoshenko’s party.
A legend of Ukrainian music, education and restaurant business – Mykhailo Poplavsky is making an attempt to return to Parliament for the fourth time. In June he became the leader of the “Agrarian” party.
A giant in Ukrainian show business, peoples artist of Ukraine, Ivo Bobul is hoping to get into parliament as number 5 on the list of a minor party called “Patriot.”
Show business stars going into politics is an ordinary sight in Ukrainian and international politics. Political scientist Vasyl Yablonsky said that it is a trend in most democratic countries of the world.
“We have an unorthodox situation for Ukraine, but this is not just a Ukrainian trend. We see that people of such liberal trades go into politics in many countries. Maybe in smaller numbers that we have. But we can state for sure, that going into politics from show business is a worldwide trend,” Yablonsky said.
The Ukrainian parliamentary elections will be held on July 21.