Saturday, February 27, 2016

Inside Looted Mansion Of Ukraine's President Enforcer Viktor Pshonka

KIEV, Ukraine -- They even stole the bathroom tiles! Chandeliers, snooker table and white grand piano looted from crumbling mansion of Ukraine tyrant ...and left just a photo album, karaoke CD and empty vodka bottle.


Pshonka installed a top-of-the-range hot tub and swimming pool next to his dining room windows so that visitors could see them as they enjoyed their meals. It is not known how Pshonka funded his excess - but he is now accused of embezzlement.

General Viktor Pshonka was former Ukrainian President Yanukovych's prosecutor who fled the country to Russia.

He is accused of conspiring to massacre 103 people protesting the President's alliance with Russia over the EU.

His gaudy home furnished with golden statues, a swimming pool and jacuzzi was stripped bare when he left in 2014.

Looters lived in Pshonka's luxury home for six weeks and stole everything from the grand piano to the floorboards.

Looters have gutted the palatial mansion of despot Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's evil enforcer two years after he fled to Russia.

General Viktor Pshonka was once Ukraine's most powerful lawman, and his mansion in one of Kiev's most exclusive suburbs was designed to ensure everyone knew it.

Chandeliers, leather armchairs and 'gold' statues littered the gilded rooms, while people could entertain themselves with a game of snooker, or by playing the ostentatious white grand piano.

Guests invited for a meal would not fail to miss the swimming pool and state-of-the-art Jacuzzi - because they had been placed right next to his dining room.

Pshonka even had paintings of himself made up as Caesar and Napoleon - standing with his Yanukovych regime colleagues as though victorious generals on a 19th century battlefield.

But none of that remains now: after he fled in February 2014, the looters moved in.

Pshonka has not seen what became of his home: he was forced to flee Kiev when pro-democracy demonstrators ousted Yanukovych on 22 February 2014, heading for the safety of Russia.

He is now a wanted man, accused of conspiring to murder 103 protesters in Kiev's Independence Square, most of whom were shot down by sniper fire.

They were killed for daring to revolt against his boss's decision to ally with Russia's President Putin instead of the EU.

Pshonka also allegedly oversaw the theft of millions of dollars from the state, fuelling his profligate lifestyle.

Then there are the other allegations. 

During his time in office, Pshonka commanded 18,500 Soviet-style prosecutors who covered up the torture complaints of thousands of prisoners.

After Yanukovych took power in 2010, he even locked up the blonde-braided former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her bespectacled former Internal Affairs Minister Yuriy Lutsenko.

Pshonka's prosecutor's office was a Soviet-era behemoth that held society in check with a vice-like grip.

It not only prosecuted investigations, but authorised and sometimes conducted them.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General even has a role in appointing and dismissing judges – despite the bias this builds into the judiciary when it is deciding on a prosecution.

This enormous power fuelled Pshonka's sizable ego.

But he was brought back to earth with a bump as he tried to escape.

Humiliating footage shows him bundling through the eastern city of Donetsk's airport's security check to reach a private jet – only to be thwarted and have to head east overland for Russia.

Revolutionaries wasted no time, and broke into his mansion for the first time immediately after he fled in 2014.

Inside, they discovered an orgy of kitsch - velvet curtains with gilded stripes, chaise-longues in a faux aquarium, marble busts, four-poster beds and what appeared to be a Faberge egg.

What followed was a free for all, with some individuals walking out with whatever they could carry.

Activists then pleaded with new President Petro Poroshenko to seize Pshonka's opulent home and recover its valuable assets for the impoverished state.

Instead, the country's current pro-EU government did nothing to stop the thieves.

Last October plunderers were able to live for a month and half in Pshonka's luxury home while they tore apart its interior.

Many paintings and other portable possessions were already gone when the unmarked trucks arrived, but an organized workforce systematically dismantled the mansion's interior.

The snooker table and grand piano were packed up and driven off.

Light switches, floorboards and swimming pool tiles were stripped out - carpet cut up and folded away.

Even the stairs were stolen.

One witness even suspects state officials were involved in the robbery.

'I work in a house near here, so I could see the vans come and go all the time,' he told MailOnline.

'I think they were state trucks but I can't be sure - the number plates were covered.

'They were afraid - there are cameras everywhere, they didn't want their plates filmed. Nobody called the police. Nobody wants problems.'

Yet somehow the authorities didn't interrupt the thieves during their six-week stay.

By the time they had finished, only a stack of family photos, a karaoke mix from Pshonka's 57th birthday and an empty bottle of luxury vodka remained.

Police could not identify any suspects when contacted by MailOnline.

Ukrainian media has speculated that Pshonka's former colleagues may have been involved in the theft - especially as many remain prosecutors.

Source: Daily Mail Online