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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Deposed Ukrainian president Yanukovych's nude portrait could use a bit of enhancement

Probably safe for work, since the only potentially objectionable body part is really small. I assume that he didn't actually commission any of the portraits, because they would probably have been better done and more flattering. Donations from adoring fans, maybe?

KIEV: Giant crocodile skins, kitsch ornaments and a giant portrait dressed as a racing driver: just some of the items from deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s opulent palace that went on display in a new show in Kiev Saturday.

When Yanukovych fled in panic in February amid deadly protests against his rule, thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators overran his luxury private estate some 15 kilometers 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 $250.

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.

Here's his wife, in baroque (I think) costume:

I have no idea what this is supposed to be:

Larger set of images here (text in Ukranian)

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