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Shocking Opulence Revealed as Ukraine Leader Flees Home
Newsmax.com ^ | 2/22/2014 | unknown

Posted on 02/23/2014 8:18:05 AM PST by rktman

A vast country estate, marble-lined mansions, a private golf course and zoo: the unimaginable luxury of the private residence of departed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych flung open for all to see.

As parliament voted to oust Yanukovych Saturday and he fled to a pro-Russian bastion in east Ukraine after months of bloody protest again his rule, thousands of Ukrainians wondered awestruck around the breathtaking luxury of his abandoned property some 110 miles from Kiev after it was taken by demonstrators.

"I am in shock," said retired military servicewoman Natalia Rudented, as she looked out over the manicured lawns studded with statues of rabbits and deers.

"In a country with so much poverty how can one person have so much -- he has to be mentally sick.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: billionaires; commies; didiots; flee; oligarchs; palace; russia; socialists; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yanukovych; yuliatymoshenko
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Really? Shocking news? Didiots. That's what the elite do. Whine about how much the want to help the "poor" and that they understand the "little guy and his plight" and how they can sympathize all the while living the life of the "Rich and Famous". And retired military servicewoman doesn't get it. No surprise there. How many millionaire congress critters and s(nake)enators have been created that came for meager means? Mostly all of them. Kinda like the hildebeast making a bundle on a paltry investment. Not that it can't be done. Sometimes it's not just the blind that can't see.
1 posted on 02/23/2014 8:18:06 AM PST by rktman
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To: rktman

He must have thought his name was Obama.


2 posted on 02/23/2014 8:41:05 AM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: rktman

Is it that Google Maps doesn’t have images of the area, that they didn’t know where he lived (so they couldn’t look it up) or that they don’t know about Google maps over there? Because golf courses and yachts are big enough to be visible on satellite photos.


3 posted on 02/23/2014 8:43:04 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

Maybe gooberment restrictions on internet content/access? Do ya think Putin has a luxury dacha someplace? ;>}


4 posted on 02/23/2014 8:46:05 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: rktman

Stalin’s country vacation estate was near Kiev also. They just don’t get it.


5 posted on 02/23/2014 8:46:26 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: rktman
Opulence.

I has it.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 8:49:45 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Rennes Templar

LOL! Do you think the castro boys live in some ramshackle tin hut someplace and suffer empty shelves at the grocery store like the rest of the Cubans. Ummmm, no. Me neither.


7 posted on 02/23/2014 8:50:06 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


8 posted on 02/23/2014 8:50:22 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: rktman

I noted on the other thread last night... Seeing all the pictures leaves me a bit underwhelmed after that headline. Sure, it’s a nice place and maybe the Roman party barge is a bit much. But in all it’s not really all that over the top. Lots of more ordinary tinpot despots have done better. There’s people in my own town with more gaudy houses than that.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 8:52:19 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: rktman

This sounds very much like the “Rich and Famous”lifestyle of our”Resident Dictator”??????????????????


10 posted on 02/23/2014 8:53:40 AM PST by bandleader
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To: KevinB

Look at how wealthy most of our politicians become after a few decades in Washington. Seems like I’ve read than Pelosi’s net worth has increased some 1200% since she arrived in DC.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 8:54:11 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rktman
Don't know if ya'll have seen the pics from EnglishRussia.com, but there are 5 pages, I'll have that gold, thanks. ;)
12 posted on 02/23/2014 8:58:22 AM PST by W. (In Soviet Russia, you keep tabs in browser. In America, browser keep tabs on YOU!)
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To: rktman

People think it can’t happen here. When there’s a gap that keeps the elite totally removed from the other 90% or so of the population, there can be a breaking point. I wonder how some of these inner cities will fare if just a few things happen to inflame the pent-up frustrations and the idleness of a huge percentage of the population.


13 posted on 02/23/2014 8:59:55 AM PST by grania
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To: rktman

No kidding. Have any of these people ever been to Africa? The leaders there routinely live high on the hog while their people are mired in poverty. Find a country where the leaders don’t plunder the people. I doubt there is one.


14 posted on 02/23/2014 9:00:26 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: rktman
That's nothing, compared to Mugabe's digs.
15 posted on 02/23/2014 9:03:43 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: FReepers

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16 posted on 02/23/2014 9:04:10 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: W.

LOL! Looks like an elitists “cottage” in Aspen by comparison.


17 posted on 02/23/2014 9:04:36 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: W.

Great photos. My fav is the man with the mic singing karaoke in Yanukovich’s bedroom.


18 posted on 02/23/2014 9:08:43 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: rktman; reagandemocrat

Glad you liked them! Nice digs, but I don’t need THAT much fancy.


19 posted on 02/23/2014 9:16:36 AM PST by W. (In Soviet Russia, you keep tabs in browser. In America, browser keep tabs on YOU!)
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To: coloradan

Under google images there are several satellite images of the area, some with arrows and labels (not in English). So yes, people knew about it. Most likely they didn’t know what to do about it.


20 posted on 02/23/2014 9:22:33 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: W.

Went to the site and my anti-virus program went nuts.


21 posted on 02/23/2014 9:22:58 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

Sorry to hear. Been reading it for ages, never had a trouble.


22 posted on 02/23/2014 9:31:42 AM PST by W. (In Soviet Russia, you keep tabs in browser. In America, browser keep tabs on YOU!)
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To: Pining_4_TX

It’s some kind of tribal thing - if the chief is fat and has all kinds of goodies, the tribe is doing well.

That’s what the chief wants them to think, anyway.


23 posted on 02/23/2014 9:36:23 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: rktman
I dunno, I've found that after the first half-dozen Rolls Royces they just get sort of boring. You keep them like our boy here and you look like a museum operator and the neighbors complain. You put 'em up on blocks in your front yard like I do and the neighbors complain. Some people.
24 posted on 02/23/2014 9:44:31 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Yeah, I know. Kinda like having too many Stratocasters in my case. But they never become boring. LOL!


25 posted on 02/23/2014 9:46:09 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: rktman

What happened to::

"He who dies with the most toys WINS"
26 posted on 02/23/2014 9:58:14 AM PST by Koracan
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To: Koracan
What happened to::

"He who dies with the most toys WINS"

It's now:

"He who has the most toys DIES"

27 posted on 02/23/2014 10:05:10 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: W.

Thanks for the link...what’s amazing is that he managed to “acomplish” all this in just a few years..The guy didn’t wait one moment after he was elected before going over to the dark side..


28 posted on 02/23/2014 10:13:17 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Billthedrill
I lie the ship "Galleon."

That explains it all. The guy is obviously a Bucs fan.

29 posted on 02/23/2014 10:15:48 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: cripplecreek
Look at how wealthy most of our politicians become after a few decades in Washington. Seems like I’ve read than Pelosi’s net worth has increased some 1200% since she arrived in DC.

Kind of funny how that works, isn't it?

FMCDH(BITS)

30 posted on 02/23/2014 10:15:55 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Ramius
There’s people in my own town with more gaudy houses than that.

Heck, my trailer park has a scene similar to that pagoda over the pond.

31 posted on 02/23/2014 10:22:15 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: nothingnew

Pelosi’s net wealth increased by 62% in 2010 alone.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/166599-pelosis-net-worth-rises-62-percent-

Little miss class warfare herself.


32 posted on 02/23/2014 10:27:22 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ken5050

My pleasure. So many of ours on the Hill went too the dark side, too. Don’t give a hoot in hell about nothing but lining their pockets all they can as fast as they can.


33 posted on 02/23/2014 10:29:20 AM PST by W. (In Soviet Russia, you keep tabs in browser. In America, browser keep tabs on YOU!)
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To: W.

1st ‘too’= typo. Facepalm.


34 posted on 02/23/2014 10:30:41 AM PST by W. (In Soviet Russia, you keep tabs in browser. In America, browser keep tabs on YOU!)
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To: null and void


"He who has the most toys DIES"

That perhaps means we have entered the declining side of the Human Bell curve.
The Loose-Loose side.
It is not a pleasant place to live or operate in.


35 posted on 02/23/2014 10:34:03 AM PST by Koracan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
You left off the mini-giraffe
36 posted on 02/23/2014 10:35:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek
Little miss class warfare herself.

Don't be too hard on her(it). She is, after all, a devout and practicing Catholic.

FMCDH(BITS)

37 posted on 02/23/2014 11:55:58 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: dfwgator

Mmmmwah!


38 posted on 02/23/2014 12:55:57 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: rktman

Fail. You can never have too many Stratocasters.


39 posted on 02/23/2014 2:17:27 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: rktman

Fail. You can never have too many Stratocasters.


40 posted on 02/23/2014 2:17:28 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: coloradan

It wasn’t that huge of a news because something like this was expected. A female journalist who was writing about this place almost got killed two months ago.


41 posted on 02/23/2014 4:28:49 PM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: All
Former Head Prosecutor's house.

His thing was portraits of himself, including this one as Caesar


42 posted on 02/23/2014 4:58:01 PM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: Scoutmaster

LOL! I guess 4 ain’t enough?


43 posted on 02/23/2014 8:38:39 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: Ramius
There’s people in my own town with more gaudy houses than that

Have to agree, I'll bet we have at least a hundred houses around our little resort area in North Idaho that would make that place below-average.

44 posted on 02/23/2014 8:52:28 PM PST by PrivateIdaho ( "Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway." (John Wayne))
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To: KevinB

nope, he thought his name was Kennedy, but couldn’t quite live up to their homes...Just about all the democrats in congress could outdo him. Edwards, Kennedys, Gore, etc. and they were not presidents, just ordinary democrats in congress...


45 posted on 02/23/2014 10:54:33 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: rktman
No, four isn't enough.

However, four Mosrites is probably too many.

46 posted on 02/24/2014 6:31:23 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

Okay, I’ll toss in my 65 Epiphone Riveira and Custom Shop Tele and raise you a Takamine acoustic. LOL! Mosrite=Ventures.


47 posted on 02/24/2014 6:35:55 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: rktman
Mosrite: Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Ramone, John Entwistle, Kurt Cobain.

I've also maxed out on Rickenbackers, unless another good artist's model comes along.

48 posted on 02/24/2014 6:40:16 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

Dang. Now that I’m retired and on a fixed income, unless I hit a big one at the lottery, looks like my dreams of a 360/12 are out the window. Of course there’s always eBAY. LOL!


49 posted on 02/24/2014 6:53:55 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: rktman
Sweet guitar, the 360/12. How could we have the 60s without them?

The 370/12 - the model created when Roger McGuinn had Rickenbacker add a third pickup to his 360/12 - is also a sweet guitar.

50 posted on 02/24/2014 9:11:48 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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