Viktor Yushchenko Shows Arresting Recovery As Poison Scars Fade

LONDON, United Kingdom -- Enduring Viktor Yushchenko is looking fresh-faced and recovered after the poison scandal that surrounded his gruelling election battle three years ago.

Road to recovery: Victor Yushchenko shows an arresting improvement after the haggering poison scandal that surrounded his election.

The President of Ukraine's face showed an impressive recovery from the disfigurement and scarring caused by dioxin poisoning in 2004.

Yuschenko long alleged he was poisoned as part of a plot to kill him.

But doctors only confirmed the suspicions after he lost the rigged November election when they found levels of dioxin 1,000 times higher than the norm.

The illness, which left Yuschenko's face bloated and pock-marked, kept him out of the early stages of the first election, which international observers said was marred with vote fraud.

But two months of massive protests and legal challenges saw Yuschenko sworn in as president of the Ukraine in January 2005.

Source: Evening Standard