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In pictures: Luxury Ukraine presidential home revealed

  • 23 February 2014
  • From the section Europe

The lavish country estate of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been thrown open to the public as parliament voted to remove him from power.

Mr Yanukovych has left the capital Kiev and his whereabouts are unknown. On Sunday, parliament voted to return ownership of the Mezhyhirya property to the state. Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov called for it to be put under state guard to prevent looting.

Country residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Thousands of Ukrainians flocked to see the opulent country estate of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after he unexpectedly fled the capital, Kiev.
People stare through windows of Mezhyhirya residence
Inside the walled compound known as Mezhyhirya - about 15 km (10 miles) from Kiev - luxurious buildings stood amid manicured lawns.
Fake galleon at Mezhyhirya estate
With the gates to the secretive estate thrown open, people discovered a replica galleon floating on an artificial waterway.
Private zoo
People also lined up to take photographs of the private zoo complete with ostriches and deer.
Golf clubs that belonged to Viktor Yanukovych
The sprawling estate also features a golf course. This visitor found a set of clubs stamped with the president's initials.
Bar inside president's residence
For many anti-government protesters, the opulence is a symbol of the alleged corruption at Ukraine's highest levels.
Estate of Viktor Yanukovych
The parks are dotted with statues, ponds with fountains, wild ducks, a tennis court and a colonnaded pavilion.
Estate of Viktor Yanukovych
There are also replica ancient Greek ruins and lavish waterways and follies.
Protester celebrate in the presidential residence north of Kiev (22 Feb 2014)
There was no sign of attempts by security to stop people celebrating in the grounds.
Sign in grounds of presidential residence in Ukraine (22 feb 2014)
Signs in the grounds of his home openly mocked the ousted leader.