After an intense 2 months of protest in the Ukraine, the unpopular former President Viktor Yanukovych was finally dismissed from office today in what has turned out to be a fascinating and historic time for the troubled country.
After fleeing Kiev and leaving his presidential mansion unguarded today, thousands of protestors and sightseers descended on Yanukovych’s extensive estate, just 12 miles outside Kiev.
What they would discover in the formally heavily guarded and secretive grounds staggered everyone.
In a nation facing great poverty, low wages and a stalling economy, Yanukovych had amassed his own Disneyland-style theme park – which reputedly cost $100 million to build – complete with personal golf course, a zoo, fake Roman ruins, a large meat farm with personal bacon supply, a massive collection of rare and vintage cars housed in a vast warehouse and most ostentatious of all – a huge replica galleon!
As one bitter Ukrainian so succintly put it, “So this is where all our tax money went…”
Crowds gather to visit – for the first time – the estate of former PM Yanukovych.
One of several large mansions in the extensive grounds, the people here could not believe the extent of the wealth on display.
Yanukovych’s car collection, there must be hundreds of extremely valuable cars on display here.
A fake Roman ruin, why not…
Yanukovych’s personal bacon supply.
Your own zoo? Why not!
And what every oligarch needs – a galleon! Very tasteful.
Aerial view of the vast estate come theme park.