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New show in Ukraine reveals kitsch treasures from ousted president's palace

Published on Apr 26, 2014 11:02 PM

KIEV (AFP) - Giant crocodile skins, kitsch ornaments and a huge portrait of the owner dressed as a racing driver are just some of the items from deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's opulent palace that went on display in a new show in Kiev on Saturday.

When Mr Yanukovych fled in panic in February amid deadly protests against his rule, thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators overran his luxury private estate some 15km from Kiev and were shocked by what they saw.

Mansions dripping with gold and marble, a private golf course and a zoo boasting a collection of rare pheasants were among the sights that sparked awe and anger from the protesters in a country where the average monthly salary is around 180 euros (S$313).

Now several hundred of the items, ranging from tasteless bling to the downright bizarre, have gone on show at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in central Kiev.

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