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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

4 Kyiv mayors in 4 elections since '94

A look at the battles for capital city chief, their victors and second-place finishers. Two-round mayoral elections are nothing new to Kyiv - that's how Leonid Kosakivsky beat Volodymyr Cherniak from Rukh in 1994. There have been two mayors named Leonid, and two Hryhoris who failed in their electoral bids.

Year Winner % Runner-up%
1992 Ivan Saliy appointed
1994* Leonid Kosakivsky 30 Volodymyr Cherniak 22
1996 Oleksandr Omelchenko appointed
1999 Oleksandr Omelchenko 76 Hryhori Surkis 17
2002 Oleksandr Omelchenko 73 Hryhori Omelchenko 18
2006 Leonid Chernovetsky 32 Vitaly Klitschko 24

* - Election was held in two rounds. Round one: Kosakivsky 17%, Cherniak 15%, Saliy 13%


Taras said...


May 7th, 2008 | NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is offering his expertise to a candidate for mayor of Kiev, Ukraine.

The ex-mayor's firm, Giuliani Partners, announced Wednesday that it is advising the campaign of Vitali Klitschko (KLECH-ko) in the May 25 election.

Klitschko is a former heavyweight boxing champion who is running against the incumbent mayor of Kiev, Oleksandr Omelchenk (Alexander O-MEL-chick).

Giuliani says his firm will advise the candidate on how to turn Kiev around by reforming city government.

Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and has 2.7 million people.

Giuliani failed in his own campaign for the Republican nomination for president. He has endorsed Sen. John McCain.

Oleh said...

Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City. He was credited with initiating improvements in the city's quality of life and with a reduction in crime.

Giuliani indicted eleven organized crime figures, including the heads of New York's so-called "Five Families", under the RICO Act on charges including extortion, labor racketeering, and murder for hire. Time magazine called this "Case of Cases" possibly "the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since the high command of the Chicago Mafia was swept away in 1943", and quoted Giuliani's stated intention: "Our to wipe out the five families."[31] Eight defendants were found guilty on all counts and subsequently sentenced on January 13, 1987 to hundreds of years of prison time.
I don't think that would be too tragic for Ukraine.

It would help if they knew who the incumbent was. LOL