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In an interview aired on June 28 on several leading Ukrainian television channels, President Viktor Yanukovych gave a tour of his notorious Mezhyhiria estate located north of Kyiv.

But he revealed only a tiny part of the 140-hectare, multi-million-dollar, luxury-filled compound which he first promised to show to inquiring journalists more than one year ago. He demonstrated a 1.7 hectare territory where he claims to reside, ignoring and not explaining who owns and what is located on the rest of the territory.

In yet another troubling sign of how servile some top media has become under Yanukovych’s leadership, four top television journalists – one from a popular print publication and another from a website – all handpicked for the interview by Yanukovych’s press service – failed, at least in portions of the interview aired, to ask about or request to see the rest of the compound..

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