Inside the Mezhyhirya. First images of unprecedented luxury.
It was de-nationalized in 2007, a few weeks before Victor Yanukovych lost his Prime-Minister seat, and is currently listed as a property owned by a number of front companies and individuals.
Up until today we could only talk about the scope of Mezhyhirya and money injected into its development using satellite images and some of those made from helicopters.
Today, “Ukrianska Pravda” gives you a first look at the interior of one of the Mezhyhirya sites. What you see is not a prop that was shown by the President’s Executive Office, but his real place of leisure.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to obtain the photos of the main house of the estate – the five storey mansion by Finnish company Honka.
But we offer our readers a chance to appreciate the scale of the estate by looking at images of one of its smaller objects. We are publishing photos of the so called water palace.
This is the landing stage named Galleon. It is docked at the lower end of Mezhyhirya, on the Kiev sea shore. It was brought in and installed last year, and is meant for Yanukovych and his friends outings on the water, mostly in summertime.
Last year, we were able to get close to Mezhyhirya across the water from the Dnieper River, and barely grabbed a photo of the landing stage covered by the trees. Now this water palace is visible on Google maps areal view.
According to Ukrainska Pravda sources, this miracle of tastelessness and kitsch cost 75 mil UAH.
Be your own judges of the interior décor and Victor Yanukovych preferences.
What you see is the portfolio of the finished work on the landing stage that was put together last year prior to the object official completion.
There are several rooms on this landing stage. The main room is the reception hall with a stage. The walls and ceiling are paneled in valuable woods, the flooring is marble with gold leaf and crystal throughout.
There is a separate office for Yanukovych and a bathroom.
The sums that went into providing la dolce vitae for the President can be appreciated through a single detail. In the middle of the main hall ceiling one can notice a niche with three lights.
With the help of an expert in light systems, Mr. Lubomyr Lozovy, we were able to identify the cost for each unit. It is 97 thousand US dollars before tax, and is made of crystal and gold plating by a Spanish manufacturer Mariner.
Effectively, only one of three lights (!) installed on a site of lesser importance at Mezhyhirya is equivalent to the price of an apartment in the city of Kiev.
If this is what was spent on the water palace that won’t be used by Yanukovych regularly, we can hardly imagine volumes of expenses that went into the Honka and other accessories for the President’s life.
By the way, Mariner chandeliers also hang at the Mezhyhirya work office that was leased for Yanukovych in February 2012 at taxpayers’ expense from the Tantalit Company, the front owner of everything in Mezhyhirya.
This landing stage is also listed as Tantalit property. The company’s director is Mr. Pavlo Lytovchenko, Yanukovych family trustee, who avoids Ukrainska Pravda requests for information.
Although, Mr. Lytovchenko owns only 0,03% of Tantalit, with the remaining 99,97% owned by front companies in Austria and Lichtenstein.
And the last bit of information for the Ukrainian taxpayers.
Recently there has been talk in the government of introducing a luxury tax. Consider this: the water palace adorned with lights at 100 thousand USD each, is owned by a legal entity, making it exempt from the new law.
The privilege to fill the budget will be granted by Mr. Yanukovych to his voters.