Vladimir Zelensky was not approved by everyone when he decided to become President of Ukraine. They called him a clown. During the full-scale war, the genocide of the Ukrainian and Russian-speaking population of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, we hear a completely different phrase: “Politicians turn into clowns, clowns become heroes.”
Let’s see what Vladimir Zelensky’s journey from talented manager to hero was like.
Zelensky’s Early Life
The President of Ukraine was born in 1978 in Kryvyi Rih. He went to school in the city of Erdenet (Mongolia), where his family lived for 4 years. After returning to Kryvyi Rih, he enrolled in the gymnasium, where he studied English. At sixteen years of age, Volodymyr received a grant to study in Israel at the Toefl contest, but his father would not let him go abroad.
Zelensky received his law degree at the Kyiv National Economic University, named after Vadym Hetman, but he only worked as a lawyer for two months during his student internship.
The creative path of the future “quartermaster” had its beginnings in school. Volodymyr first tried his hand at the Student’s Theatre of Stage Miniatures. Later he formed a team KVK “Young Kyiv” together with Oleksandr Pikalovym and Denys Manzhosovy. Later the humorists were asked to join the legendary Krivorizka team “Zaporizhzhya – Kryvyi Rih- Transit”, but only as directors of dance numbers.
Volodymyr did not stay on the stage director’s bench for a long time – not long before he started to perform the roles himself. Three years later the team “Band of Kryvyi Rih” was formed and in 1997 the team “95th quarter” appeared – the same team that for 22 years has been a monopolist of humor in Ukraine.
From the beginning of the group’s foundation until today, Volodymyr is not only its leader and actor but also the author of most of the numbers. In 2005 the channel “Inter” was released its first program “The Evening Quarter”, which became incredibly popular. With time other projects of “Studio 95” aroused, which gained no less recognition among viewers: “The Evening Kiev”, “Make the comedian laugh”, “Fight Club”, “Ukraine, get up”, “League of Laughter” and others.
What did Zelensky go to the presidential elections in Ukraine with
Sensations about Zelensky’s possible candidacy for the 2019 presidential election have been going on for a long time. They were especially active in spring 2017 when the party “Servant of the People” appeared, but then the showman avoided the presidential ambitions that everyone attributed to him so stickily.
All the intrigue around the words “Zelensky” and “elections” unfolded on New Year’s Eve. Five weeks before the New Year in 2019, the “quarterback” announced that he would run for the presidency of Ukraine. However, it was not without scandal: a lot of viewers criticized the 1+1 channel for its decision to broadcast the promo of the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko after the New Year.
If we indiscriminately divide all the voters into two equally indiscriminate groups, then Zelensky, as a candidate for president, is viewed either very positively or very negatively. As for the first gradation: all of Zelensky’s electorate – and this is the majority of voters, according to sociological surveys – are people who are still disillusioned with the old politicians; They demand renovation and political purification and are ready to give the main instrument of change to Zelensky himself, as a person who has been away from politics for a long time.
Experts and sociologists have long believed that young people are a powerful electoral centerpiece of this candidate, who are pushing his candidacy in all sociological ratings. However, as a rule, young people ignore the elections and are not deterred from voting at the last moment.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s program
The candidate used his own presidential program to make all his plans, as is appropriate. Zelensky also took an unconventional approach to writing his program, urging people on social networks to help him and his team to identify Ukraine’s weak points and to name five problems that must be resolved in the program. To be fair, the experiment proved to be justified, and a lot of Ukrainians virtually joined in writing the President’s program.
One of the main priorities of Volodymyr Zelensky as President of Ukraine is putting an end to the military conflict in Ukraine. At the beginning of the war, Zelensky and his “neighborhood” team were repeatedly on the line of disengagement and gave concerts of kindness. They also helped out materially.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was awarded the Ronald Reagan Medal of Freedom.
The President’s website reports about it.
The medal for Zelensky was handed by Frederick Ryan, head of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, to Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova, who will later give it to the president.
Ryan said this high award recognizes “the leadership of the president of Ukraine and the uncluttered spirit of millions of Ukrainians who stand up for their right to choose their own future and encourage the entire civilized world to fight for the values of freedom and democracy to which Reagan dedicated his life.
The head of the foundation noted that today the Kremlin regime is trying to renew the bonds of the Radiant Empire by starting a brutal and crooked war in the center of Europe. Like three decades ago, the “evil empire” has no chance to exist.
Ryan recalled Reagan’s famous words: “In the meantime, we must realize that no arsenal, no weapon in the world’s arsenals is as powerful as the will and morality of free men and women. This is the weapon that our opponents in the modern world do not have.
The Medal of Liberty is a decoration established by President Ronald Reagan in 1992. It is awarded to prominent international figures for “having made a significant contribution to the advancement of freedom in the world.
During the whole period of the existence of the award, only 10 people became its recipients, including Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachov, Colin Pawel, Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Itzhak Rabin, and Nathan Szczaranski.
Interestingly, before the presidential election, Volodymyr Zelensky voiced Ronald Reagan in the documentary film “Reagan” (at that time his team wanted to draw parallels between the artist of “Block 95” and the American actor who became the successful president of the United States).