Volodymyr Zelensky / By Mykhaylo Markiv

Volodymyr Zelensky’s first year as president was anything but ordinary. From being thrust into the global spotlight by an impeachment scandal, to a landmark prisoner exchange with Russia, the 42-year-old’s first year saw him thrown in at the deep end of politics.

It was December 31st, 2019, when Volodymyr Zelensky announced his candidacy. 4 months later he was president on the back of a landslide victory. The actor-turned-president rose to prominence in the 2000s, competing in comedy competitions across Ukraine and Russia. His best-known role was playing Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko, a history teacher who unexpectedly becomes president after an expletive…

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