Viktor Yanukovych, there you are!

2017/9/5 21:17:29

Meduza tracks down the likely hiding place of Ukraine's ousted former president

 

Photo: Viktor Yanukovych and filmmaker Oliver Stone, allegedly pictured near the former president’s hideaway.

 


By Ivan Golunov for Meduza, Sep 1, 2017

 

On August 25, State Duma deputy and Russian crooner Joseph Kobzon said in an interview with the website Dni.ru that his neighbor in the town of Bakovka is none other than ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Ivan Golunov, a special correspondent for Meduza, has discovered that Yanukovych is apparently living at a state-owned retreat that belongs to a division of the Russian Interior Ministry. The former Ukrainian leader’s neighbors include fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin, journalist Yulia Latynina, and the high priest of the Russian Orthodox Church himself, Patriarch Kirill.

 

Since fleeing to Russia, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has given just a handful of interviews. One memorable meeting occurred in December 2014 with the American filmmaker Oliver Stone. In a Facebook post, Stone said he spent four hours talking to Yanukovych about “Ukraine on Fire,” a 2016 documentary film executive produced by Stone. He also shared two photographs, one of which showed him standing with Yanukovych in a snow-covered park enclosed by a high brick wall.

 

Journalists started searching for Yanukovych’s whereabouts in Russia almost the instant he left Ukraine, in the spring of 2014. The former president says he moved to Rostov-on-Don, but former Moscow city official Oleg Mitvol claimed as early as February 2014 that “a group of Ukrainian citizens” had procured for Yanukovych a home outside Moscow in Barvikha for a cool $52 million. No evidence has ever emerged to support this information, however.

 

On August 25, 2017, Russian singer Joseph Kobzon suddenly disclosed that Yanukovych has been living outside Moscow in the town of Bakovka. “I basically share a wall — we like to joke that it’s the Great Wall of China — with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. That’s where they put him up after the coup at Maidan. This residence in Bakovka is controlled by our [state] authorities. But who are you hiding from? After all, if they really want to get you, they’ll get you anywhere,” the crooner told Dni.ru.

 

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Photo courtesy Roger Stone’s Facebook page

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