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The Crass Menagerie: Protesters, Media Swarm Yanukovych Country House

Yanukovych Country Residence Taken Over By Protestersi
February 22, 2014
The grounds of the country residence of Ukrainian President Yanukovych has been taken over by antigovernment protesters. Hundreds of people, including many curiosity seekers, streamed through the gates of the compound in Mezhyhirya, about 15 kilometers south of Kyiv on February 22. People looked through the windows, but did not go inside the main residence. (Reuters video)
WATCH: Viktor Yanukovych's country residence is taken over by protesters
With embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych now in the country's east, antigovernment protesters and media have been taking the opportunity to freely roam around his opulent residence outside Kyiv.

This article from 2012 describes Mezhyhirya as an extravagantly appointed residence situated in sprawling grounds that boast everything from a golf course to a private zoo.

Here are some of the pictures posted on social media on February 22 as hundreds of protesters flocked to the now unguarded compound to see what one dubbed "Yanukdisneyland" for themselves.

Some enjoyed a walk in the park...

... or had a game of golf.

Other visitors found the animals in the zoo somehow an appropriate choice for a president accused of using his office to amass vast wealth for himself and his cronies:

While others just had fun:

This tweet asks, "What do you need to be president? First off, a ship."

Another visitor found Yanukovych's garage to have quite an impressive collection of cars:

And even the presidential spa was no longer off limits:

-- Kathleen Moore
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Comment Sorting
by: Stukablitzen from: Patagonia
February 23, 2014 06:54
Are there no trespassing laws in the Ukraine? When unruly mobs are the order of the day, I suppose it should be no surprise. What a shame to see such classless behavior. If these dupes think that their president is corrupt, wait until they see the corruption in the EU and USA. It's puzzling, too, that they seek to align themselves with a bankrupt EU? What is the gain, other than for the NWO?
In Response

by: peter from: ottawa
February 24, 2014 14:33
stuka from Patagonia you poor slug , all what you see belongs to the ukrainian people. Yakoo never worked a day in his life to earn this palace, he always took orders from cesspool Russia. You can join your buddy evgeny aka euginio walking hand in hand to your outhouse. I doubt that rfe publishes this.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 23, 2014 17:53
VIDEO: people in Odessa protesting against the bandits who have seized power in Kiev and for a union with Russia - http://dumskaya.net/news/na-soborke-startovala-akciya-protiv-majdana-lyud-032898/

VIDEO: peope in the Crimea prepare for what is coming next - http://www.segodnya.ua/regions/krym/k-krymskomu-parlamentu-prinesli-avtomaty-498129.html

by: liberti from: MD
February 24, 2014 18:16
Looks as if the security apparatus trolls are out in full force, judging by the comments. During these three months as the Maidan demonstrators (not thugs and not mobs and certainly not terrorists), the grandmothers and grandfathers, their children and their grandchildren peacefully congregated until the special forces snipers blew their brains out. And in contrast to Lenin's Bolshevik marauders of 1917, who looted and pillaged the houses and estates of the aristocracy and middle class in Russia before slaughtering them, the Ukrainians have not done that in Yanukovych's opulent palazzo. The prevailing mood is one of curiosity and shock. Visitors are certainly not inside the residence; instead are touring the sculptured gardens, the galleon/restaurant, the zoo and golf course.
In Response

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 25, 2014 17:23
Being one of those "apparatus trolls", I would like to point it out that there are places in Ukraine other than Mezhigorie. In SEVASTOPOL, for example, people went to the streets on the week-end and elected a Russian national to be their mayor to resist the US- and German-financed Nazis who temporarily took over Kiew.
In KHARKOV people set up a sit-in to protect the monument of Lenin located on the central squre of the city from the already mentioned US- and German-financed Nazis.
In ODESSA people regularly demonstrate against the new de facto authorities on the streets. Right now they are demanding to liberate from prison the pro-Russian businessmen Markov who - once liberated - is likely to become the leader of the anti-de facto govt movt in the city (or the entire South-East).
etc etc etc
So, the above appears to indicate that the Nazis who took over Kiew will have a hard time trying to impose their rule on the people of the East and the South - especially given that the Russian army is right next door and Russia already announced that it continues recognizing Yanek as the only legitimate Pres. of Ukraine.
In Response

by: liberti
February 26, 2014 21:42
Written with the venom, viciousness and virulence so very typical for a member of the attack-mode agitprop who troll the internet to protect the Fatherland or Motherland, whatever. You will certainly get a gold star and a commendation. Brainwashing is a terrible thing to witness and fairly rare in our country where we have the freedom to agree to disagree. Evidently, hate mongering is the hallmark of the society in which you dwell. My sympathies.

by: MsHacon from: Bratislava
February 25, 2014 12:19
It is bad for ordinary people all over the world. There is no such thing like democracy or totality. It is only the thieves and the robbed.

by: Mamuka
February 25, 2014 18:35
Nu ka! Everybody should have a little dacha in the country, just a little izbushka where you can cook up some shashlik and enjoy a little bottle with friends... maybe some dried fish. Normalno!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 26, 2014 11:38
Dear promoters of "democracy" in Ukraine! I would like to share with you the latest (26.02.2014) from this "country":
(a) In KHARKOV some demonstrators installed a banner of the Russian Federation on the building of the Mayoral Office; the police has no intention of removing it;
(b) In SEBASTOPOL the Russian businessman Chaly has de facto assumed power; anti-tank defenses have been erected around the city;
(c) In SIMFEROPOL people are demonstrating in front of the building of the Sumpreme Council demanding to call for a referendum on independence from Ukraine and on joining Russia;
(d) Russian troops have already been deployed in the city of YALTA "just in case";
(e) the Kiew-based "President" of Ukraine Turchinov has "assumed the command of the Ukrainian armed forces".
So, I guess it is pritty clear in what direction this whole thing is moving - and the so-called "Abkhaz solution" will be nothing compared to what will happen in Ukraine in the next few weeks/months/years. The smart guys from Berlin wanted an "Association Agreement" with Ukraine, whereas instead they will get thousands of refugees, whereas Russia will take over the East and the South of the country.

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