With former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on the run, curious citizens and journalists treated themselves to a tour of his luxurious and now vacant residence near Kiev.
Located in Novi Petrivtsi (an hour drive from the capital), the once heavily secured, 345-acre estate was opened by his detractors over the weekend. Visitors discovered a golf course, helicopter pad, live animals, statues, and a five-floor mansion.
Yanukovich has a working-class background. So the opulence of his new digs took visitors by surprise. One man, while touring the grounds, told Reuters, "we did not expect anything like this," adding, "it really is too much for one person. It's very emotional when you see something like this."
Another said, "a normal person doesn't build this sort of stuff."
Yanukovich bought the first piece of land on what became his massive estate in 2010, turning it into a secret palace of sorts that only family and close friends (as well as thousands of security guards, according to locals) were allowed to enter.
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