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Ukrainians tour Yanukovych's posh estate

The opulent residence of President Viktor Yanukovych just outside Kiev has always been a closely guarded secret — and a symbol of the alleged corruption at Ukraine's highest levels. On Saturday, after he fled the capital and its gates were thrown open, thousands streamed into the compound to get a look.

Posh mansions stood amid manicured lawns. There were parks dotted with statues, ponds with fountains and wild ducks, a tennis court, a golf course and a colonnaded pavilion.

There were a private zoo with rare breeds of goats, a coop for pheasants from Asia, a garage filled with classic cars, and a private restaurant in the form of a pirate ship, with the name "Galleon" on the stern.

As throngs of ordinary Ukrainians got their first look at Yanukovych's luxurious estate, many expressed disgust. Some brought their children — one even brought his dog. They considered the tour a victory for anti-government demonstrators who fought street battles with police in which dozens were killed.

Times wires

Ukrainians tour Yanukovych's posh estate 02/22/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:00am]
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