- Ukraine said this week it had seized a treasure trove of assets belonging to pro-Russian tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk.
- A series of photos from 2014 showing one of his country houses highlights the extreme wealth of the politician.
- The property is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a billiard 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 captured by Ukrainian forces after he escaped house arrest for treason earlier this year. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a photo of a haggard-looking, handcuffed Medvedchuk on Telegram as proof of his arrest.
Then on Thursday, Ukrainian authorities said they seized a trove of assets belonging to Medvedchuk, including 23 houses, 32 apartments, 30 land, 26 cars and a yacht.
Over the past three decades, Medvedchuk has used his close relationship with Putin – who is godfather to Medvedchuk’s youngest daughter – to establish himself as one of Ukraine’s most powerful politicians, as well as one of the wealthiest, with an estimated value of $620 million. , according to Forbes.
Medvedchuk was even considered Russia’s first choice to replace Zelenskyy as the Kremlin’s puppet leader in Ukraine if kyiv fell after the invasion.
On Wednesday, the Kremlin rejected Ukraine’s offer to exchange Medvedchuk for Ukrainian prisoners, apparently cutting ties with the captured tycoon.
Photos from days gone by, however, highlight the luxurious life that Medvedchuk once led.