Ukraine elections: Russia sidelined as comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads, but long-term laughter may yet come from Moscow

By Stefan WolffUniversity of Birmingham and Tatyana MalyarenkoNational University Odesa Law Academy

With early results indicating that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has decisively won the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election, it now seems certain he will face incumbent Petro Poroshenko in the second round. This run-off between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko, both of whom expressed pro-European sentiments, also means that it will be the first Ukrainian presidential election in which Moscow has no candidate left to support. Or so it may seem....