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Leaked Documents Expose Yanukovych's Bizarre Expenditure

Published: February 27, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Documents recovered from a lake outside Yanukovych's property are being published online by journalists.
    Photo: Vedomosti

Documents recovered from a reservoir outside former President Viktor Yanukovych's luxury home show that nearly $800 was spent by his household on "medical aid for fish" and $14,500 was spent on tablecloths.

Records also show an order for about $42 million worth of light fixtures, while an ornate fence around the Yanukovych residence cost another $2.36 million, receipts posted on Twitter by The Kyiv Post editor Katya Gorchinskaya showed.

Related: Lavish Spending Detailed in Documents at Yanukovych Home

Hundreds of documents have so far been placed on the website Yanukovych Leaks, an online archive giving free access to information dumped in a lake on Yanukovych's property when he and his entourage fled the Mezhyhirya compound over the weekend.

The papers, which were found floating in the dock or were sunk to the river floor, were recovered by volunteer divers and are being used by a group of Ukrainian journalists and activists "to rescue, systematize and investigate the enormous wealth of information about the former owners of the residence," a statement on the group's website said.

Related: Mansion Sweep Reveals Riches

Nearly 200 folders have been recovered so far, with hundreds of documents having been posted online since Feb. 22.

The U.S. Treasury warned Tuesday that Yanukovych and former top officials might attempt to move stolen assets to safety, and said banks should apply “enhanced scrutiny” to their transactions to avoid that scenario, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The recovered files also contain files on Yanukovych's opponents and critics.

A blacklist of journalists and activists includes a dossier on Tetyana Chornovol, an investigative reporter who was abducted, beaten and left on the roadside on a freezing night in late December, 2013. Investigators attributed the attack to a "road rage" dispute at that time.

Financial records give an indication how much keeping tabs on Yanukovych's critics has cost, with one receipt showing $5.7 million paid in December 2010 on monitoring mass media.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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