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UKRAINE-BOXER FOR PRESIDENT
Boxer and opposition leader Klitschko to run for Ukrainian presidency in 2015
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
Vitali Klitschko, a heavyweight boxing champion and top Ukrainian opposition leader, says he will run for the ex-Soviet nation's presidency in 2015.
He particularly criticized the jailing of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which was seen as politically motivated by the West.
Klitschko announced his widely expected presidential bid Thursday in response to efforts by pro-government forces to pass a bill that could prevent him from running because he has permanent residency status in Germany.
Klitschko vowed that he "will not be frightened or stopped by this."