Viktor Yushchenko took office after the Orange Revolution, a series of protests and political events that took place in the aftermath of the corrupt and fraudulent 2004 Ukrainian presidential election. The Orange Revolution ended with the election of Viktor Yushchenko over the government-supported candidate Viktor Yanukovich. During his election campaign, Yushchenko was poisoned with hazardous amounts of dioxin and has been recovering since. In Ann Arbor, he will deliver a major public lecture at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies on October 3 that examines the social, economic, and political debates taking place in Ukraine today, the challenges it faces in building new political and economic institutions, and Ukraine’s evolving relationship with the European Union.
U-M is hosting several Ukrainian-themed events related to President Yushchenko's visit. Click here for info on all related events.
Sponsors: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; International Institute; Rackham Graduate School; Ukrainian Future Credit Union