Crowds of Ukrainians have spent the weekend walking through President Viktor Yanukovych’s country residence to catch a glimpse of his luxurious abode and better understand the extent of his alleged corruption.
While some of his supporters might be leaping to his defense, the palatial 5 story abode is enough evidence to suggest that the impeached president made an ill-gotten hryvnia or two while in power.
Yanukovych fled the capital Kyiv on Saturday and his present whereabouts remain unknown, but reports of his resignation have been denied by advisors. Regardless, Yanukovych is now a wanted man in his country.
There’s a luxury ship docked at a marina near the house and the residence itself has all the luxuries imaginable including Graeco-Roman statues, a golf course, helipad and Armenian brandy with Yanukovych picture on the label.
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Many see the Mezhyhirya estate, 20 kilometers from the outskirts of Kyiv, as a symbol of Yanukovych’s personal dishonesty and the overall corruption at all levels of government during his three years tenure.
While the people of Ukraine wandered and wondered in awe – sometimes in rage – over the impressive estates of their former President, lawmakers moved swiftly on Sunday to assert control over the government and to restore peace after a week of upheaval and bloodshed.