- Ukraine said this week that it seized a lot of assets belonging to the pro-Russian tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk.
- A photo series from 2014, showing one of his country houses, highlights the politician’s extreme wealth.
- The property features an indoor pool, a billiards room and an artificial lake.
Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian tycoon with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is having a terrible, horrible, not good, very bad week.
On Tuesday, the pro-Russian politician was taken prisoner by Ukrainian forces after escaping house arrest on charges of treason earlier this year. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a picture of a worn-out, handcuffed Medvedchuk on Telegram as evidence of his arrest.
So on Thursday, the Ukrainian authorities said they seized a lot of assets belonging to Medvedchuk, including 23 houses, 32 apartments, 30 plots, 26 cars and a yacht.
For the past three decades, Medvedchuk has used his close relationship with Putin – the godfather of Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter – to establish himself as one of Ukraine’s most powerful backroom politicians, as well as one of its richest, with a estimated value of $ 620 million. , according to Forbes.
Medvedchuk was even considered Russia’s top choice as a replacement for Zelenskyy as the Kremlin’s puppet leader in Ukraine if Kiev had fallen after the invasion.
The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected Ukraine’s offer to swap Medvedchuk for Ukrainian prisoners, apparently severing ties with the captured tycoon.
Pictures from earlier days, however, highlight the luxurious life Medvedchuk once lived.