News from Ukraine: 27 retro cars of Ukraine ex-president arrested (updated with video)
Politics16:51 Jul. 25, 2016

27 retro cars of Ukraine ex-president arrested (updated with video)

Viktor Yanukovych fled his opulent mansion outside Kyiv in February 2014 following mass pro-European protests 

Kyiv's District Court seized 27 vintage cars from the fleet of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor *Yanukovych stationed in his former lavish estate Mezhyhirya (in Kyiv's outskirts). 

The relevant court order as of July 7 was published in the Ukrainian Unified Register of judgments.

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Prosecutor General's Office earlier asked the court to arrest the fleet of vintage cars, discovered in the ex-president's residence and owned by the company KyivUniversalServis, which was set up to meet Yanukovych's needs in Mezhyhiria.

The company's owner is Oleksandr Faynitskiy, who was awarded by Yanukovych with the title of Ukraine's Honoured Transport Worker in 2012. Currently, Oleksandr Faynitskiy is wanted.

The court decision states that "a purpose of seizure is to ensure criminal proceedings and property confiscation takes place." The arrested vintage car fleet includes 1938 DKW Cabrio 750, 1943 WILLIS MB1|4 2200, 1968 VOLKSWAGEN CARAVELLE 2/0 and others.

35 cars and 7 motorbikes - this is what Viktor Yanukovych left behind after secretly escaping from Ukraine. The activists who keep a strict eye on the auto park say there have been already numerous attempts of illegally taking the vehicles away, be it prosecutor's office investigators, former owners, or even filmmakers.


Mezhyhiria, Viktor Yanukovych's opulent mansion outside Kyiv (UNIAN Photo) 

There are only 21 car in the garage out of 27 listed for the arrest. The rest might have been used in the process of Yanukovych's break-out, since mostly lorries are lacked. Those having remained belong to a luxury class, that is Ferrari, Lamborghini or unique model of ZIL. There are only three cars in the world, one belonging to Russian president Vladimir Putin, another - to his Kazakh colleague Nursultan Nazarbayev. Ukrainian ex-leader possessed the third one.

Such automobile costs at least one million US dollars, whereas this Audi produced in 1938 is totally invaluable. The prosecutors refused to give any comments on the issue, saying they still have to arrest 14 more cars left.

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* Viktor Yanukovych fled his opulent mansion outside Kyiv in February 2014 following mass protests against his decision to reject an E.U. Association Agreement and move the country towards Russia. The new Ukrainian government says Yanukovych and his associates stole tens of billions of dollars during his tenure. The top official of Yanukovych era is charged with embezzlement of state-owned assets and causing damage of some UAH 4 billion [USD 160 million] to Ukraine.

As of January 13, 2016, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was on the top of the list of the world's most corrupt persons according to Transparency International's Unmask the Corrupt campaign.

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