Ukraine's Autocratic New President

Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko's first statements and actions suggest he won't be the figurehead president protesters wanted when they overthrew authoritarian Viktor Yanukovych.
Petro Poroshenko, billionaire confectioner and crisis manager. Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The first actions and pronouncements of the new Ukrainian president, billionaire Petro Poroshenko, suggest that he intends to be a strong-arm leader in the traditional post-Soviet mold. A worthy adversary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps, but not quite what the pro-European protesters wanted when they overthrew another authoritarian leader, Viktor Yanukovych, just three months ago.

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