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Leaked Documents Expose Yanukovych's Bizarre Expenditure

Published: February 27, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Documents recovered from a lake outside Yanukovych's property are being published online by journalists.
    Photo: Vedomosti

Documents recovered from a reservoir outside former President Viktor Yanukovych's luxury home show that nearly $800 was spent by his household on "medical aid for fish" and $14,500 was spent on tablecloths.

Records also show an order for about $42 million worth of light fixtures, while an ornate fence around the Yanukovych residence cost another $2.36 million, receipts posted on Twitter by The Kyiv Post editor Katya Gorchinskaya showed.

Related: Lavish Spending Detailed in Documents at Yanukovych Home

Hundreds of documents have so far been placed on the website Yanukovych Leaks, an online archive giving free access to information dumped in a lake on Yanukovych's property when he and his entourage fled the Mezhyhirya compound over the weekend.

The papers, which were found floating in the dock or were sunk to the river floor, were recovered by volunteer divers and are being used by a group of Ukrainian journalists and activists "to rescue, systematize and investigate the enormous wealth of information about the former owners of the residence," a statement on the group's website said.

Related: Mansion Sweep Reveals Riches

Nearly 200 folders have been recovered so far, with hundreds of documents having been posted online since Feb. 22.

The U.S. Treasury warned Tuesday that Yanukovych and former top officials might attempt to move stolen assets to safety, and said banks should apply enhanced scrutiny to their transactions to avoid that scenario, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The recovered files also contain files on Yanukovych's opponents and critics.

A blacklist of journalists and activists includes a dossier on Tetyana Chornovol, an investigative reporter who was abducted, beaten and left on the roadside on a freezing night in late December, 2013. Investigators attributed the attack to a "road rage" dispute at that time.

Financial records give an indication how much keeping tabs on Yanukovych's critics has cost, with one receipt showing $5.7 million paid in December 2010 on monitoring mass media.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


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