It appears that Yanukovych had been living with a 39-year-old girlfriend, Lyubov Polezhay, according to journalist
Dmytro Gnap who has been exploring the sprawling 140-hectare Mezhyhirya complex
since Yanukovych abandoned it early on Feb. 22. The relationship appears to have been a long-term one, but it was also a relationship that Yanukovych kept hidden from the public.
Yanukovych never divorced Liudmyla
Yanukovych, 64, whom he married in 1972. But it’s been well-known that she lives
in Donetsk and has never performed duties of a first lady, although she
accompanied Yanukovych several times during his 2010 campaign. ”She is very
negative about politics,” Yanukovych once said.
It is unclear how long
Polezhay has been living with Yanukovych. According to her Facebook page,
Polezhay grew up in Yenakievo, Yanukovych’s hometown, and moved to Donetsk
after graduating from high school in 1992. Polezhay owns the Crystal Spa salon in Kyiv’s Obolon
district and manages a “Road of Future” charity fund. Her business card was
found in Mezhyhirya, but the phone number is not working.