Legendary Honka (Finnish Company) house - a 4-story palace wherethe President lives - is the largest in the world built from woodenbeams.
According to the Ukrainian Pravda, last year Yanukovych showed agroup of selected journalists one of the houses in the residenceclaiming it as his. The trick is that he showed a guest house wherehe lived until 2011 while Honka was being erected.
That is the house where Yanukovych lives now (wooden building inthe top left hand corner of the picture). According to paperwork,the house belongs to the Tantalit Company controlled by thePresident's family. Previously the palace was on the balance of theUkraine Revival charity fund - another front for the "Family". Butseveral years ago the property was transferred to Tantalit whichhides its real owners in Lichtenstein with transit through Austriaand the UK.
The Ukrainian Pravda received these images from a person who wasworking inside the Honka during the final stages. Our source hasmanaged to bring the phone with a camera through the security andtake pictures - they make the hair curl owing to the cost and lackof taste bordering on kitsch.
Honka consists of four levels. There are 4 stories on the side ofthe "Kiev Sea" (Kiev artificial water reservoir) and two on thefacade that faces the entrance to Mezhygirya.
The first floor from the side of the water is huge premises withknight figures in full size. There is also a panel of Romanmosaics. The level also holds Yanukovych's private cinema.
Next floor has guest rooms, bedrooms, restrooms, and stained glasshall.
Next is the zero level or the first floor from the entrance side.It contains the entrance lobby. The main element of the floor is alarge hall (200 sq m) which takes two floors. The floor isdecorated with incredible and complicated parquet. There is a grandfireplace with the basis made of marble and the rest of carvedwood.
Thirty stares of Italian marble lead to the top floor. This is ahousehold area. There are two bedrooms for the President with hugebalconies overseeing the water.
But that's not all. In the attic there is a personal chapel with anicon screen made of gold...
According to the source, the palace has a room for Yanukovych'shunting armoury.
The interior of the house is dominated by wood from German Brunold,particularly Lebanese cedar. Special equipment was installed byGerman experts to make sure the finishings do not get ruined due tosubsidence. The custom-ordered furniture was also installed byforeign experts.
It is common knowledge that Yanukovych has ostridges there and thestory of a kangaroo escaping a private zoo seems like a joke but itis not.
The scale of Mezhygirya is impressive considering the fact thatin peak times over 500 workers a day came through the checkpoint!There were over 100 gardeners. Some crews worked 24 hours a day.Twenty minutes before Yanukovych leaves the residence all workerswere told to stay where they were despite all security measuresalready taken. When Yanukovych came with inspection during theconstruction the workers had to leave the premises an hour inadvance.
This trip to the fantasy world of Yanukovych does not add much towhat we know about his taste or lack thereof. However, it doesallow us to get an idea of the unbelievable amounts of money thatwere spent on the place. And most importantly it shows thatYanukovych, even in his wildest dream, does not think that one dayhe will have to give it all up. Though it all depends onus.