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Hundreds of thousands put their lives on the line, and more than 100 died, to put an end to decades of corrupt, oligarchic rule in the Ukrainian revolution of 2014. The question facing Petro Poroshenko, the man who seems poised to win the Ukrainian presidency on May 25, is whether all their efforts will prove to have been in vain.

A self-made man whose estimated net worth (according to Forbes Ukraine) is $1.6 billion, Poroshenko, 49, is a product of the chaos that has reigned during the country’s 22 years of independence. Like Russian President Vladimir Putin, he is a black belt in judo, though his oily and wily tactics contrast sharply with Putin’s strong-arm approach.

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