See inside the extravagant country house of Ukrainian Viktor Medvedchuk
- This week Ukraine said it had seized a treasure trove of assets belonging to pro-Russian tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk.
- A series of photos from 2014 showing one of his country houses highlights the extreme wealth of the politician.
- The property features an indoor swimming pool, a billiard room and an artificial lake.
Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian tycoon with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is having a terrible, horrible, not good, very bad week.
On Tuesday, the pro-Russian politician was captured by Ukrainian forces after escaping house arrest on treason charges earlier this year. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared on Telegram a photo of a handcuffed and haggard-looking Medvedchuk as evidence of his arrest.
Then, on Thursday, Ukrainian authorities said they had seized a treasure belonging to Medvedchuk, including 23 houses, 32 apartments, 30 plots of land, 26 cars and a yacht.
Over the past three decades, Medvedchuk has used his close relationship with Putin – who is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter – to install himself as one of Ukraine’s most powerful behind-the-scenes politicians, as well as one of the richest, with value. estimated at $ 620 million, according to Forbes.
Medvedchuk was even thought to be Russia’s first choice as a replacement for Zelenskyy as the puppet leader of the Kremlin in Ukraine if Kiev fell after the invasion.
The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected Ukraine’s offer to exchange Medvedchuk for Ukrainian prisoners, ostensibly cutting ties with the captured tycoon.
Photos from yesteryear, however, highlight the luxurious life Medvedchuk formerly lived.