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Ukraine president, an ex-comedian, once starred in hit Netflix show

Now, Volodymyr Zelensky is facing the prospect of a major war with Russia. In a televised address on Thursday, the Ukrainian president said Russia could invade his country any day now.

February 24, 2022 / 08:07 AM IST
Volodymyr Zelensky played the lead role in Ukrainian political satire ‘Servant of the People’.

Volodymyr Zelensky played the lead role in Ukrainian political satire ‘Servant of the People’.

Volodymyr Zelensky, who is at the helm of Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia, was once the star of a hit comedy show.

Before being elected president in 2019, the 44-year-old played the role of an abusive school teacher in the political satire which also streamed on Netflix.

On the show, Volodymyr Zelensky’s character becomes the president of Ukraine after a video of his rant against the government, posted online by his students, becomes viral.

The television show, created by a production house founded by Zelensky, was prescient in a way.