I hope I am not the only person who is baffled by this but I have noticed that The current Presidents of Russia and Ukraine have very similar first names, The Russian President is called Vladimir while the Ukrainian President is called Volodymyr. I see this is quite baffling because these are heads of states of very two different countries with quite different political systems, I am not an expert in distinguishing names here so I may need some help. If there are people on this platform from that part of the world who understand these cultures then you can offer a little help. My first thought when I heard their names and looked at their faces was that these guys could be blood brothers or some distant cousins. ‘’Their faces also look very similar, maybe they are long lost relatives,’’ I thought to myself.
It’s not new that heads of states of different parts of the world could be related. For instance During world War One, the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, The Russian Tsar Nicholas 1 and British King George the Fifth were all Cousins. So it looks like world war one was being fought to settle some old family feud. The leaders of all these governments were fighting each other fiercely even though they knew they were blood relatives. Where is the old phrase we once believed in which said that blood is thicker than water? Is that really so? Conventional wisdom tells us that the best way to settle family disputes is sitting down and talking things over, nothing ever gets solved by exchanging blows.
So how did these two heads of states come to share names?