Vitali Klitschko Runs for President

By Matt McGrain on October 24, 2013
Vitali Klitschko Runs for President
If his boxing career really is over, the big fight, it seems, is still ahead of him. (Ecksel)

Vitali Klitschko may have inadvertently have announced his retirement today, as the BBC reported that Klitschko has announced his intention to run for the Ukrainian Presidency in 2015. 

The Udar (Punch) party Member of Parliament in many ways had his hand forced by the deeply corrupt machinations of Ukrainian politics as a bill making it illegal for a non-resident to run for the Presidency was pushed through by the ruling Party Of Regions. 

According to The Independent newspaper, Klitschko, who was present in Parliament, repeatedly struck the rostrum as he announced his intention to run—and his determination not to be intimidated:

“Everything that has taken place in parliament today with texts of laws, directly backed by ruling party deputies, does not intimidate me and will not stop me. To head off these various schemes and attempts at getting even with me as a possible candidate, I want to declare this: I will run for President.”

The possibility that the incumbent Ukrainian Government, alleged to be amongst the most corrupt in the entire world, is intimidated by Vitali Klitschko is a distinct possibility. He stands on a pro-West, anti-corruption ticket defined by a “European mentality.” This, naturally enough, horrifies the powers that be which have presided over the subversion of every area of public life from the privatization of national services and associated Nepotism, to higher education where even the shakedown of university students is supposedly a regular occurrence.

That being said, it is hard to imagine Vitali Klitschko fitting a training camp and fight into 2014 when the Presidential race climaxes in March of 2015. It is possible that Klitschko’s political advisors may identify the likelihood of a win and his underdog status—his party is only the third largest in Parliament—combine to make the roll of the fistic dice worth the risk of a loss, but it is almost certain that such a loss would consign him to political oblivion. Even as a winner, Klitschko has sometimes struggled to make his mark politically, as was the case during his failed attempt to become Mayor of Kiev in 2006.

If his boxing career (45-2) really is over, the big fight, it seems, is still ahead of him. The Ukrainian Parliament is a viper-pit.

If you are getting the sense that he will need all of his considerable durability, you are not alone.

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  1. Cap 03:20am, 10/26/2013

    You guys do realize he’s not running for president of the United States? There is this large land mass beyond the great water to the east called Europe…..

    If Klitschko is not available to meet his obligations as WBC champion he must vacate and allow Canada’s Bermane Stiverne to fight for the title.

  2. Don from Prov 11:25am, 10/25/2013

    He’ll never beat Hillary—that Clinton machine is TOUGH and in place

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:22pm, 10/24/2013

    One thing for certain…..this highly intelligent and accomplished Doctor of Philosophy will not have to resort to sealing his university records. Which reminds me….how in the world does one become President of the Harvard Law Review when one can’t even write a simple declarative sentence?

  4. Ted 02:28pm, 10/24/2013

    He will get my vote

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