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Klitschko a contender in Ukraine crisis

POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHT:Boxing champion Vitali Klitschko is emerging from the current unrest in Kiev as a frontrunner to unseat Yanukovych for the presidency

Reuters, KIEV

“But the authority of Klitschko is growing. He has emerged as a street leader. He led the crowd and people followed him. It is the emergence of charisma — it is not everybody the crowds will follow,” he said.

Yatsenyuk and Klitschko’s liberal agendas starkly differ from the Ukrainian nationalism of Tyahnybok’s Svoboda, with its heavy anti-Russian overtones. Svoboda is seen by many Ukrainians as anti-Semitic and homphobic, which Tyahnybok denies.

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