Viktor Yanukovych appears to be digging in his heels today, refusing to resign as Ukraine’s president.

Meanwhile, thousands reportedly swarmed his compound after he fled Kiev. Photos of his luxury villa, private zoo, boat and more are circulating on Twitter.

More from journalist Matt Frei:

Word spread that the private presidential compound on the outskirts of Kiev was now open to visitors, courtesy of the revolution. We headed down there and came across what looked remarkably like a swelling Saturday family outing. And yes, they were going to the zoo but it happened to be the president’s private zoo that had, until today, been kept a very well-guarded secret, together with all the other opulence of Villa Yanukovych. I have never seen anything like it.

Read the whole thing.


The parliament has voted to remove Yanukovych from power.


Boats, zoo, and soggy documents found at Yanukovych’s abandoned luxury estate [pics]

Police abandon posts around Kiev; Protesters now in full control? [photos]

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  • nc ✓s & balances

    Well, that toothpaste is out of the tube. Only a full military clampdown will stop the people now.

    That zoo is the perfect symbol of both the corruption of the past and the hope for the future.

    • kssturgis62

      Makes me wonder what Obama is hiding at the White House, or in Hawaii. That Michelle and him have boughten that we know nothing about. that our press is hiding. Cant help but think these things. The Most transparent presidency, and one the press will do anything for and with.

      • Stephen Henry


        • Spinmamma

          Part of a regional dialect, Dear.

        • kssturgis62

          bought rather than homemade.
          “wooden boxes full of boughten cookies”

        • Republicanvet

          …a northern term …

          • Stephen Henry

            Aaa, thanks for clearing that up.

          • kssturgis62

            It wasn’t until Recently I found out we had Terms, like the South has Terms. At 51 I am still learning many things :)

          • Ronald Green

            An them Northerners say we talk funny. 😉

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Wow, what a swanky joint! The Zoo and all the buildings should be torn down, the Animals sent to other (public) Zoos,or sent to farms or released (depending), and the Complex should be turned into a PRISON FOR DICTATORS!! (Starting with Yanukovych Pootin’, and KING FINK 0BAMA! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Macsen Overdrive

      Slaughter the pigs for bacon.

  • whateverdear

    Be careful with that stuff, friends, remember, it belongs to you. (Don’t burn everything like the morons in the Middle East did as tempting as it is.) Good luck!

    • waltzingmtilda

      I was thinking much the same. Hope mob mentality does not take over and I hope someone takes care of the animals. And the books.

    • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

      As ugly as the house is, it could make a great museum – similar to those of all the old Royalty in Europe. Plenty of cars which could either be sold off or kept for the museum. And they could expand the zoo to cover the rest of the grounds as well. Could make a great tourist attraction.

  • CO2 Producer

    Does anyone know for certain how much of the billions we’ve been giving the Ukraine over the years helped to pay for this?

    U.S. Department of State
    Remarks by Victoria Nuland
    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
    Washington, DC
    December 13, 2013


    Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the United States has supported Ukrainians as they build democratic skills and institutions, as they promote civic participation and good governance, all of which are preconditions for Ukraine to achieve its European aspirations. We’ve invested over $5 billion to assist Ukraine in these and other goals that will ensure a secure and prosperous and democratic Ukraine.

    Video here. The quote above starts at 7:26.

    • RememberSekhmet

      Damned good question

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Thank you for posting this link. I just watched the whole thing (it’s only about 8 1/2 min) and, aside from the $5 billion question, I was struck by how involved our government appeared to be, diplomatically, on behalf of the demonstrators. So why the initial big silence from BHO when the story broke big?

      Also, when our government hands over money like that, is there ever any accounting of it?

      • CO2 Producer

        Well, this link and this link to federal websites provide the most recent information about the assistance we’re giving them and are (were?) planning to give them.

        Addendum: based on the cursory information I’ve checked out so far, I could see it possible that we’ve been contributing to both sides to a certain extent.

      • Suzyqpie

        When our gov hands over money…? No there apparently is not any accountability. Yasser Arafat died with $400M (+/- xM) in French banks. How much originated from American taxpayers? Hosni Mubarak’s assets are in the billions. How much originated from American taxpayers? I’ve seen you around, nc, why would you be struck by how involved our government is? Or is our government involved? What was our governments involvement? Involved…really who said we were involved? What is the definition of “involved?’

    • Macsen Overdrive

      Just as it always does. Just look at all the corrupt African countries.

    • kssturgis62

      It sounds like all the Money we gave to the Philippines. I remember when they showed that Shoe Closet on Television. Oh the Marcos Family. Ms Imelda had all those shoes. WE paid for them.

    • Suzyqpie

      Great read on the damage done by the USA with well intentioned foreign aid, “Dead Aid,” by Dambisa Moyo.

  • Spinmamma

    The opulence is mind blowing. Louis the XIV comes to mind. Same mentality. Peasants can pound sand.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Too bad we couldn’t do the same thing back in 2013, when the WH tours were cancelled due to the “Sequestration Crisis,” which wasn’t, and then later blamed on the “GOP Government Shutdown Crisis” — which wasn’t either at the hands of the GOP nor a crisis– but they could somehow be funded and resumed the minute the “shutdown” was over.

  • Macsen Overdrive

    These are the images of decadence. Hopefully they learn their lesson this time.

  • ked5

    I’d think the pigs were for the table.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    It’s our hope that they do preserve “the estate” for two (if not more) reasons, namely that it presents a warning of the theft of goods and services by corrupt men, etc. in a corrupt government that can and will occur when the people sleep. It also represents the good people of Ukraine, how they could have demolished the estate out of rage when it was opened. Instead, they chose to show it to the world that they can do better. Largess of centralization government(s) destroys the own individual self, your birthright.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      May everyone heed…

  • Justin Jurek

    Am I the only one who worries that Ukraine will be forced to now submit to the diktats of the corrupt, anti-Christian and pro-homosexual EU?

    • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

      The EU has its problems, but the common market will be better for Ukraine than Russia. Look at Poland. Both Ukraine and Poland started the same after the fall of Communism, one is prospering and the other is still struggling. I’m a Euroskeptic, but the common market is a good idea and Ukraine will benefit from it.

    • captaingrumpy

      Surely you don’t think Putin will let things go. It’s a neighbour of Russia and MUST be communist.

  • stewedhamm

    How jealous is President “I have a pen” right now…

  • Jonathan

    Swiss Chalet Brutalism takes the prize.

    Speaking of brutalism, what’s up with the porcine accommodations? Those did not look too comfy. What did this guy have against pigs?

    • descolada9

      Noticed that too, at least give them straw for crying out loud.

    • Ronald Green

      That’s normal accommodations for what’s going to be on the dinner table soon.

  • TDS

    And what would we find if we broke down the gates of the estates of many of the career/dynasty politicians here?

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Bigger, and more opulent.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Why are folks always shocked at the luxury and opulence of a tyrants residence? Its what they do. Let the people starve while they send servants out to pick fresh bananas for their breakfast, which the will eat on the marble veranda, overlooking their private lake. Then they will go take a crap on their gold plated toilet and contemplate how to steal more from the starving populace.

    Im sure the majority of our politicians follow the same routine.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Absolutely, Hana Absolutely!

  • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

    1. Those pens in that zoo are far too small. The Kudu (brown hooved animals with beige stripes and horns) need a lot of room to walk in for instance. Yanu apparently doesn’t care about his larger animals except to look at them. Also, a number of those are endangered and possible illegal to own to boot.

    2. While I am a rather fervent capitalist, it worries me when the leader of a country is living this well in a private home. This isn’t the British or Japanese monarchies with a thousand years of history and the homes to match. This guy likely got rich from looting the treasury.

  • interestedobserver2

    Wonder if the Russians can muster enough functioning tanks to crush this rebellion?

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Putin is fuming and drooling, that they took his man down.

  • Booker

    Man, these Ukrainians don’t phuck around. First the Orange Revolution and now Euromaidan. I hope everything settles down soon. If true economic, religious, and vocal liberty is what they seek, then I wish them the best.

    It’s kind of funny that the president said he won’t resign and now he’s been impeached. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!

  • right_on

    Wow! California Democrats need to recruit Yanu to help them manage THEIR finances…and, perks…and, help train the National Guard…

  • descolada9

    Congrats to the Ukrainians for their successful revolution. Also, thanks to them for showing what is a great deal of class when going to Yanu’s compound. Personally, I think they should turn it into a national park, heh. All the best to the Ukrainians and Maidan in the future.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Hand the whole complex over to Disney. Let them create a new theme park.

  • OpenTheDoor

    Have you seen the menu for our white house state dinners?
    No chicken and waffles there.

  • petroniabern

    Someone thought he was a Ptolemy. Only the Ptolemies displayed their menageries in big parades so the public could enjoy them too.

  • DANEgerus