Vitaly Klitschko gives a talk at the Ukrainian Institute in London

Reigning WBC heavyweight champion and leader of the UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) political party Vitaly Klitschko gave a talk at the Ukrainian Institute in Holland Park on March 25, 2013.  The recently established Ukrainian political party UDAR (an acronym that literally translates as ‘punch’) won 40 seats in Ukraine’s parliament in last October’s elections. According to the latest opinion polls, Klitschko is the leading candidate to win the upcoming presidential elections in 2015.

Vitaly Klitschko in London

The London event attracted wide interest from a distinguished audience bringing together a wide mix of Ukrainian speakers based in the UK  including students and lecturers from Oxford and Cambridge University, London School of Economics, London Business School, banking professionals and lawyers from the Ukrainian British City Club, journalists, musicians, business leaders, representatives from the Association of Ukrainians in GB, British Ukrainian Society, Ukrainian Youth Organisation, Ukrainian women’s organisation, Ukrainian literary club, Plast, Ukraine Charity, Ukrainian Medical Association of the UK, consistory of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the local bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

The event was also attended by Bishop Borys Gudziak, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).
The Ukrainian Institute is UCU’s London affiliate.

Q&A session. Question from Alexander Pivovarsky, Lead Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Klitschko also had an opportunity to meet with the British and European students at the Ukrainian Institute studying Ukrainian language.

Vitaly Klitschko meets with British and European students studying Ukrainian language in London

Much of the speech and the Q&A session afterwards centred on the battle against corruption in Ukraine. Georgia, in particular, was often cited as an example of how the implementation of strong anti-corruption laws could work.

Vitaly Klitschko with Bishop Borys Gudziak, Rector of UCU (right) and Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London