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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Collected Treasures Of Viktor Yanukovych

Published 26 April 2014

The National Art Museum of Ukraine is hosting an exhibition of art, religious icons, and decorative objects from Mezhyhirya, the extravagant private residence of former President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych abandoned his estate and possessions when he fled Ukraine with his inner circle amid the antigovernment uprising in February. Curators say the collection is worth more than $50 million. (RFE/RL)


Portraits of former President Viktor Yanukovych greet visitors to the museum exhibit.


A bust of Yanukovych


A painting depicts former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka (seated) and his colleagues as generals in the 1812 Battle of Borodino.


After Yanukovych fled Kyiv with his inner circle on the night of February 21-22, activists and journalists moved into his residence, searching his documents for evidence of corruption and turning his possessions over to the new authorities.


In this painting, Yanukovych's girlfriend, Lyubov Polezhay, is depicted as an empress.


Yanukovych had a large collection of religious icons.