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Thousands Storm Viktor Yanukovych's Palace, Find His Private Zoo And Other Luxuries (PHOTOS)

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Luxuries at the palace include a huge boat.
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The 'sheer scale' of Yanukovych's compound is 'mind boggling.' It reportedly sits on 340 acres of land and includes an eighteen-hole golf course (which allegedly was built at a cost of $2 to 3 million), a tennis court, bowling alley, underground shooting range and private zoo that has been home to such exotic creatures as kangaroos and ostriches. According to Leshchenko, who has questioned how Yanukovych could afford such excesses with his limited presidential salary, more than $9 million was spent on the fittings for his palace. This, he said, included a chandelier that allegedly cost $100,000. He said, Mezhygirya is 'a symbol of the president's inappropriate desire for luxury, the unknown source of his wealth and the desire to hide it all behind dummy firms.'
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