Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Presents for the president

Last night, president Yanukovych's wife Lyudmila attended a cultural East-West Ukraine cultural project at the Donetsk National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

She was presented with an ornamentally inlaid cassette box by the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast governor, who expressed a wish that: "it would be filled with Viktor Fedorovych's awards."

LEvko expected the box be the size of a dumpster on castors, but no, in the photos it looks quite small.

Problem is, what do you give the Yanukovychs as a present?

His 'club house' in Mezhyhirya, about which he bragged in Berlin earlier in the year, is nearing completion.

At the peak of construction, 500 workers per day were passing through the site. The garage alone holds 70 vehicles.

Just two internal doors cost $158,000, and one door, made of Lebanese cedar cost $64,000. $81,000 was spent on a ballustrade for the winter garden. The estimated total cost of the internal trim and fittings exceeds $10,000,000; and the cost of the entire project could be a staggering $200,000,000.

And if that was not enough, Yanukovych is "Building himself a private Kingdom of Monaco - in Crimea", complete with a 900 metre length of private beach along one of the most desirable parts of the coastline.

Where will the little cassette box go? What did it have carved on it? "Ukraine for the people" -Yanukovych's election campaign slogan, perhaps?

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