2019/07/10 – 22:30 •
Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s presidency opened new prospects for the symbiosis of politics and present business in Ukraine. After the comedian actor with zero experience in politics beat his politically savvy opponent and then appearing president Petro Poroshenko a bit of over two months ago, stand-up comics, actors, and singers at the moment are getting into politics, with some operating for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 21 July 2019. Most notable of these is Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, the rock-star who announced the launch of his political get together The Voice (Holos) after Zelenskyy’s victory, which is projected to make it to parliament with a score hovering round 7%.
The Magnificent Seven
Zelenskyy and Vakarchuk aren’t the only celebrities opting for a profession change: different media personas try their luck as political newcomers, too. In Ukraine’s media panorama where entry to oligarchic media channels equals fame equals potential of political success, some parties are including stars in their lists in hopes of scoring further factors on the elections; they’re even utilizing their live shows and exhibits as a bait for the citizens.
These manipulations rework the thought of political realities, turning it typically to the splendors and miseries, typically to the worry and loathing, and really seldom — to efficient political transfer. Nevertheless, the show must go on, so here’s a lineup of seven stars which are aiming for parliament.
Olia Poliakova and the first ladies’s celebration
Olia Poliakova is a Ukrainian actress and pop singer performing songs in Russian. In the course of the Discussion board of Female Partnership, she introduced the creation of her own political social gathering – the primary ladies’s social gathering in Ukraine. Despite Poliakova not planning to run for the parliamentary elections, she considers her get together to be very important to Ukraine. “I’m very tired of voting for a dude in the posters, about whom I know nothing,” stated Poliakova. “It is no secret that Ukraine is a matriarchal country,” she famous and talked about some problems that led her to develop into a politician: gender chauvinism, sexual discrimination, and dangerous roads.
“I have plenty of concerts, I drive on these broken-down roads and I get to these Houses of Culture, remembering World War II.”
“We [Ukrainian women] are not just ready for responsibility: we want it, we take it every day in all spheres of our life. Today our country more than ever needs a woman’s perspective, woman’s mind, and woman’s approach because, above all, we are mothers and we know what the country has to be not only to raise our children but to want to give birth to children!” declared Polyakova.
Yuriy Koriavchenkov, an electrical engineer by coaching and actor, administrative producer, and government director of the studio Kvartal 95, the identical comic squad which introduced President Zelenskyy fame – and, ultimately, the president’s seat, is operating for parliament. The longer term deputy himself didn’t comment on his profession change. Oleksandr Korniyenko, leader of the marketing campaign headquarters of Zelenskyy’s celebration Servant of the Individuals, explained the state of affairs in his interviews to Hromadske.ua and Channel 24 as an alternative.
“Yuri is not only a talented actor but also he has been an administrator for a long time so he has all the necessary qualities.” He observed that Koriavchenkov is one of the simplest leaders of the regional celebration facilities. “He has a political background and his own vision of what he wants to do in Verkhovna Rada; he has a team behind him. Moreover, he is recognizable, and people understand him,” Korniyenko commented.
Koryachenkov will stand for election in Kryvyi Rih (hometown of Volodymyr Zelenskyy) as a single-constituency candidate, which fill up present roughly half of the seats in parliament.
Mykhailo Poplavskyi, a Ukrainian pop singer and rector of the Kyiv Nationwide University of Tradition and Arts, headed the listing of the Agrarian Social gathering for the parliamentary elections. Why has the present enterprise star determined to delve into agriculture?
“I was invited [to head the party], and it was a surprise for me. I was invited, since I’m a hillbilly. I’m a farmer. I love the Ukrainian village; I have my own agribusiness. It’s a big honor for me to head this list and a big responsibility,” insists Poplavskyi.
Nevertheless, he isn’t a lone soldier: later Poplavskyi was supported by another legendary pop star, Oleh Vynnyk. The duet started an all-Ukrainian tour to promote the celebration.
“I support the Agrarian Party because its ideology is close to me. I want our rural youth not to move out to Europe. Conversely, I want our villages to become European,” Vynnyk commented on his position.
The social gathering members intend to hitch a coalition in Verkhovna Rada, to stop the establishment of a land market, full the process of decentralization and “make Ukrainian village prestigious.” Nevertheless, the Agrarian Get together shouldn’t be projected to beat the 5% threshold necessary to be represented in parliament.
Svitlana Bilonozhko and Vitaliy Bilonozhko
Ukrainian crooners Svitlana Bilonozhko and Vitaliy Bilonozhko are planning to characterize the get together Power and Honour headed by Ihor Smeshko, head of Ukrainian Safety Service in the course of the administration of President Leonid Kuchma. In the course of the social gathering congress and in later interviews this movie star couple said that the primary purpose to enter politics was being ashamed of all of the candidates, their electoral packages, and campaigns.
“I know what I’m going to do. I don’t want any controversies in the law on intellectual property rights. I want to bring people together, if we find some sympathizers of culture. In addition, I want to initiate the law on patronage to make the artists’ lives easier since they were really abandoned by the recent authorities. Undoubtedly, we will stand by Ihor Smeshko if he proposes the things that don’t hurt our people,” summarized Vitaliy Bilonozhko.
Mr. and Mrs. Bilonozhko claim that they “have sung enough” and contemplate lobbying for the pursuits of pensioners (they’re 61 and 66 years previous) and cultural staff:
“If no one takes care of us, we need to do it ourselves.”
In accordance with a survey by the Ukrainian Institute for Social Research for June 28 – July 4, the get together Power and Honour was supported by 2.5 % of voters, so, like the Agrarian Social gathering, it’s unlikely to obtain seats in parliament. Ihor Smeshko himself obtained 6.04 % within the first round of presidential elections which befell on 31 March 2019.
This actor, broadcaster, and impersonator will run for election, representing Cherkasy Oblast as a candidate for Zelenskyy’s Servant of the Individuals social gathering. An economist by coaching, Skichko at present works on the TV channel Ukrayina owned by oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. Based on the tradition of on-line politics, created by President Zelenslyy, he announced his intention of operating for parliament by way of his Instagram account:
“I’m becoming a politician because I’m tired. I’m tired of listening to empty promises every 5 years, driving down broken roads and, above all, I’m tired of hearing that my friends want to move to another country to earn money because it is impossible to live in Ukraine. I think that we are losing our country – and I don’t want it to happen.”
Skichko has already ready three draft laws: on growing native budgets, on creating industrial parks, and on agricultural associations. He is still increasing his marketing campaign on Instagram.
Another pop singer and vocal coach, Ivan Bobul (better referred to as Ivo Bobul), is representing somewhat recognized get together Patriot. In 2018, Bobul said he will run for parliamentary elections and even voiced his program: to make Ukraine a world leader, to develop Ukrainian tradition (for occasion, to prohibit lip-syncing), and to construct good roads. Nevertheless, later the singer clarified that his assertion was a joke. In any case, 2019 confirmed that there’s some fact behind each joke, so now Ivo Bobul’s plans are barely modified however nonetheless formidable.
“In recent years, people have grown tired of politicians’ faces. It is necessary to tell people the truth that they are being deceived. Politicians can trick them once. Or twice. Or trice. But there will be no fourth time. Clearly, the level of culture in Ukraine needs to be improved. Also, our economy is on the edge,” stated Bobul.
General, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the presidential get together Servant of the Individuals, which includes sportsmen, actors, singers, and comedians triggered a brand new tendency in Ukraine: politics, pop culture, and show enterprise have gotten intently intertwined. Being typically incompetent or not understanding the distinction between legislative and government branches, these individuals, nevertheless, are selling their events with their personal credibility, status, and recognition, turning into symbols and mascots (if not logos), altering the vision of Ukrainian politics and the politics itself.