Stanyslav Medvedenko is running for the Kyiv city council in Oct. 25 local elections. He runs with Voice, a liberal opposition party that holds 19 seats in parliament and is likely to win only a small representation in the city council. Medvedenko is unbothered: He believes that he and the party he represents can make a difference. “I’m a team player,” Medvedenko told the Kyiv Post. “One person can’t break through the current system. We need a group of people in the Kyiv council to achieve success.”
The retired baller is the face of a small non-profit organization Mykilska-Slobidka which represents the residents of the Kyiv neighborhood of the same name in the left-bank part of the city. Medvedenko has been living in the neighborhood for nearly 15 years, ever since he returned to Ukraine after quitting professional basketball. The non-profit is entrenched in multiple legal battles against construction moguls who are building housing in the neighborhood and violating the law and city-building norms in the process, according to the activists.
In 2015, Medvedenko helped raise money for the organization by organizing an auction, selling a signed Kobe Bryant jersey and two front-row tickets for a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. “(A famous Kyiv developer) Garik Korogodsky bought the lot for $30,000 and we built the basketball court,” says Medvedenko.
Svi Mykhailiuk’s return to the Ukrainian national team was a mighty one. The L.A. Lakers forward scored 22 points (5/9 3-pointers) to help Ukraine begin Round 2 of the World Cup Qualifiers to 76 – 65 win over previously unscathed Spain.
Oleksandr Proshuta: According to Ukrainian federation, both Svi Mikhailiuk & Alex Len declared their will to play for Ukraine NT during September #FIBAWC window. Now FBU are in talks with NBA on players insurance. It’s the most important question to be solved them to play vs Spain & Montenegro