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The roots of contemporary Ukraine’s religious heritage can be traced to the introduction of Orthodox Christianity to the region from Byzantium in the 10th century. This...

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Viktor Yushchenko

President of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010, Viktor Yushchenko is best known for leading the “Orange Revolution” of 2005 which forced a recount of the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential elections. Yushchenko’s presidency led to the considerable expansion of civil and political freedoms in Ukraine, but his administration was widely seen as divisive and economically ineffective, and he received less than 6% of the vote in the 2010 election. Consistent with his broader efforts to reduce Russian influence in Ukraine, Yushschenko actively supported the unification of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the authority of the Kiev Patriarchate, campaigning unsuccessfully for its recognition by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.