April 25 - An art exhibition launches in Kiev, putting on display the lavish possessions of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Nathan Frandino reports.
The opulence is everywhere. From religious icons to statues of Greek Gods, lavish artifacts from the house of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich are on display. The National Art Museum of Ukraine opened an exhibit Friday to give Ukrainians a glimpse at their former leader's lifestyle. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VISITOR, JOURNALIST OLGA KUCHER, SAYING: "The biggest shock for me was all the portraits of Viktor Yanukovich, because I knew that here should be a lot of very expensive pictures or, I don't know clocks, etc, but I didn't expect to see so many portraits of Yanukovich, of a president of such a poor country, but who has so much very expensive portraits of himself." Yanukovich fled Ukraine two months ago after three months of protests. Some of his belongings seen here were saved, but others are still missing. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) SVETLANA KARABUT, SELF DEFENSE GROUP REPRESENTATIVE INVOLVED IN COLLECTING THE YANUKOVICH ITEMS, SAYING: "The fact that all these items are here is a miracle indeed because so much was stolen, very quickly, and we were late. While the commission was working in one room, in the other, everything was being packed and then stolen in a rude manner. They filled up whole trucks and moved them to unknown locations." Yanukovich remains in Russia, where the chief prosecutor has refused to extradite him back to Ukraine.