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Petro Poroshenko
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World Leader
    (September 26, 1965- )
    Born in Bolhrad, Ukraine
    Middle name is Oleksiyovych
    President of Ukraine (2014-19)
    Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009-10)
    Served in Ukrainian Parliament (1998-2007, 2012-14)
    He was accused of tax evasion.
    He was elected on the back of the 2014 revolutionary protests.
    He was criticized for his perceived failure to tackle government corruption.
    He didn't help matters by failing to meet his own promises to divest of his business while president.
    He was soundly defeated for reelection by television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.
    His image problem was substantial enough that one of Zelenskiy's most quoted campaign lines was, 'Why does Poroshenko want a second term? So he doesn’t get a prison term.'
    Audio of phone conversations between himself and Joe Biden, appearing to show the then-Vice President leveraging a $1 billion in aid in exchange for the firing of a general prosecutor who was investigating his son, were leaked to the press (May, 2020).
    He speaks four languages.
    He suffers from diabetes.
    He is trained in martial arts.
    He was nicknamed 'the Chocolate King' (he's a Roshen candy magnate).
    He is deeply religious, and is often seen with a crucifix at high-level meetings.
    His substantial achievements as President include holding back the Russian encroachment on Ukraine's Eastern border and obtaining a visa-free deal with the European Union.
    His ouster was orchestrated by several prominent billionaires with a grudge, who opted to back his opponent.

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