New pictures show eye-popping opulence of ousted Ukrainian president’s palace as sprawling estate becomes tourist attraction
New pictures have been released that reveal the vulgar luxury that the deposed leader of Ukraine lived in.
Viktor Yanukovich fled to Russia recently following one of the worst periods of violence in the country’s history and left behind a new tourist attraction – his sprawling luxury estate in Mezhyhirya, an hour’s drive from Kiev.
Hundreds of people have since flocked to view the mansion, which is set in a beautiful forested estate of graceful waterways, summer houses and exotic gardens.
Visitors rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they were confronted by the scale of the opulence Yanukovich had built around him.
The property, closed off to the world for nearly a decade, has a golf course, helicopter pad and is situated in a country where the average salary is less than £300 a month
Below the house, a garage is filled with classic sports cars worth millions, while in the exotic gardens Australian and African ostriches stretch their legs.