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Yanukovich’s Luxury Estate Is Opened To Public

From Reuters:

Ukrainians gawp as Yanukovich’s luxury estate is opened to public

By Richard Balmforth | Feb 22, 2014

(Reuters) – A sprawling forested estate of graceful waterways and summer houses – half the size of Monaco but just one hour’s drive from Kiev – stands as a symbol of the folly of Ukraine’s fugitive president.

Even the most cynical Ukrainians, who on Saturday streamed to see Viktor Yanukovich’s luxury estate, rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they were confronted by the scale of the opulence he built around him and kept secret from the outside world.

There were Australian and African ostriches, stretching their legs. There were hares darting around people’s feet… Deer and billy goats – their cages neatly labeled – were hunkered down, slightly alarmed at the numbers of sudden visitors.

All this in a country where the average salary is less than $500 a month…

As [visitors] poured in their thousands, by foot and by car, onto the 140-hectare [346 acres] grounds for a first glimpse at a luxury they could only suspect, Ukrainians gawped in wonderment at the fairytale surroundings…

The Mall in Washington, DC is only 300 acres.

Beyond a five-floor Russian-style house – some said it was his guest house – a stone staircase opened up to a landscaped vista of water features, arboreal walkways and tree-lined avenues stretching into the distance.

Apparently, this is just one of Viktor Yanukovich’s estates. He had at least one more, in the Crimea on the Black Sea.

Few people – apart from Yanukovich’s chosen few and family – have visited a secret place which has been charted by satellite images that show a helicopter pad and a golf course.

The UK’s Daily Mail also reported that the estate has a garage full of luxury sports cars below the house, worth millions of dollars.

Locals said that up to 3,000 security and support staff would arrive when Yanukovich planned a major social event.

With Yanukovich obsessed by security and fear of attack, they had to leave their mobile phones at the entrance to the grounds and pick them up only on leaving, locals said.

Gee, that sounds just like our President. And for the same reasons.

Over the years journalists have often tried to penetrate the security cordon – often with unfortunate consequences. Journalist Tetyana Chernovil broke into the heavily-guarded grounds last year and though she escaped she was badly beaten months later after…

This would never happen in the US. Since the reporters know to keep quiet about our administration’s extravagances.

Graeco-Roman statues – a Goddess covering her modesty with her hair, lovers intertwined – decorated the lawns. Ornate ponds – half frozen on Saturday – nonetheless bubbled with water being pumped through them. Love-seats and colonnaded meeting places dot the estate.

There is a Russian bath-house – closed to the public on Saturday with an opposition protester’s helmet on a chair across the door. On a hilltop, looking down on the Dnipro river through trees, was a plaza for a barbecue…

"We did not expect anything like this. It is really extensive and all done with our money, the money of ordinary people. It really is too much for one person. It’s very emotional when you see something like this," said Serhiy Remezovsky, who had brought his wife and nine-month old son…

We expected it. This is always the way the strong men in socialist dictatorships live. (Cf. Leonid Brezhnev.) They always have their private dachas and car collections, hidden away from the public.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Yanukovich’s Luxury Estate Is Opened To Public”

  1. Really? Really? You’re shocked?

    /that’s what’s shocking


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