In an interview toKraiina magazine, he said that in the time of his presidencyyou could not even think about Mezhygorye.
Being the Secretary of theCentral Committee I had a 54 sq.m apartment. I couldn't buy a careven when I had money. I received 675 rubles. And Paton (SovietUkraine Academy of Science president) received 1,200. I wanted tobuy a car for my son and I had to wait in line for three years.When I became the president my wife drove a Lada car and the familyhad no bodyguards. Not like today when any lackey as soon as hegets his hands on some power he rides with flashing lights andreanimobile (emergency ambulance) in the motorcade. I always saiy:if an ambulance has to drive with you - stay at home, why the hellwould you go to work? - noted the ex-president.
Famously, an emergencyambulance is an inseparable part of the president ViktorYanukovich's motorcade.