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Hanging Out in Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's Mansion

VICE News went along with thousands of curious Ukrainians to scope out and walk around Yanukovych's house—sort of like a kleptocrat version of <i>Cribs</i>.

by Henry Langston
Feb 28 2014, 5:00pm

As protesters in central Kiev took over the parliament building on Saturday, others headed to the now-ousted president's highly controversial private estate of Mezhyhirya, just outside the city.

The estate, half the size of Monaco, cost hundreds of millions of dollars to construct, much of it coming from embezzlement and corruption, and had long been in the protesters' sights. The average monthly salary for an Ukrainian citizen is around $275, so president Viktor Yanukovych's opulent lifestyle was a constant slap in the face that could not be ignored.

VICE News went along with thousands of curious Ukrainians to scope out and walk around Yanukovych's house—sort of like a kleptocrat version of Cribs.

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