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In pictures: Viktor Yanukovich’s country estate

February 23, 2014

Protesters sort captured documents at the residence of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in Mezhyhirya village near of Kiev on February 22, 2014. Protesters took full control of the Yanukovych residence and provided free access of the premises for Ukrainians and the media. Yanukovich and security forces deserted the capital as protesters moved to secure state institutions and parliament took steps towards forming a transitional government. The Ukrainian parliament voted to oust Yanukovich and called elections for May 25, 2014. Yaroslav Vaiss / EPA
Protesters sort captured documents at the residence of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in Mezhyhirya village near of Kiev on February 22, 2014. Protesters took full control of the Yanukovych residence and provided free access of the premises for Ukrainians and the media. Yanukovich and security forces deserted the capital as protesters moved to secure state institutions and parliament took steps towards forming a transitional government. The Ukrainian parliament voted to oust Yanukovich and called elections for May 25, 2014. Yaroslav Vaiss / EPA
People walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev. Hundreds of people entered the grounds of president Viktor Yanukovich’s sprawling residence but had not gone inside the building itself. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
People walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev. Hundreds of people entered the grounds of president Viktor Yanukovich’s sprawling residence but had not gone inside the building itself. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
An interior view shows the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walking. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
An interior view shows the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walking. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A man take a photo in the grounds of Ukrainian president Yanukovych’s country residence. Ukrainian security and volunteers from among Independence Square protesters have joined forces to protect the presidential countryside retreat from vandalism and looting. Yanukovych left Kiev for his support base in the country’s Russian-speaking east, but an aide said that he has no intention of abandoning power. Efrem Lukatsky / AP photo
A man take a photo in the grounds of Ukrainian president Yanukovych’s country residence. Ukrainian security and volunteers from among Independence Square protesters have joined forces to protect the presidential countryside retreat from vandalism and looting. Yanukovych left Kiev for his support base in the country’s Russian-speaking east, but an aide said that he has no intention of abandoning power. Efrem Lukatsky / AP photo
A woman takes a picture of a statue as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A woman takes a picture of a statue as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A man turns on a water tap inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the residence of president Yanukovich. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A man turns on a water tap inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the residence of president Yanukovich. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
An anti-government protester takes pictures on the grounds of the residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
An anti-government protester takes pictures on the grounds of the residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A man holds a golf club with the name of the Ukrainian president on a golf course at the countryside residence. Andrew Lubimov / AP photo
A man holds a golf club with the name of the Ukrainian president on a golf course at the countryside residence. Andrew Lubimov / AP photo
A man takes a picture of a golf bag as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
A man takes a picture of a golf bag as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Journalists and anti-government protesters walk on a helipad at the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Journalists and anti-government protesters walk on a helipad at the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Anti-government protesters and journalists look at ostriches kept within an enclosure on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Anti-government protesters and journalists look at ostriches kept within an enclosure on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Anti-government protesters react on the grounds of the residence. “We did not expect anything like this. It is really extensive and all done with our money, the money of ordinary people. It really is too much for one person. It’s very emotional when you see something like this,” said Serhiy Remezovsky. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
Anti-government protesters react on the grounds of the residence. “We did not expect anything like this. It is really extensive and all done with our money, the money of ordinary people. It really is too much for one person. It’s very emotional when you see something like this,” said Serhiy Remezovsky. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
People look through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
People peek through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters
People peek through windows of the Mezhyhirya residence. Konstantin Chernichkin / Reuters

With Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich fleeing Kiev and abandoning his posh estate, Ukrainians have taken to touring the hidden away property in Mezhyhirya.