Kolesnikov said neighbors had asked him to post the photos as they are “tired of finding people with cameras on their property.”
Photographing the houses of Ukraine’s wealthy and powerful is a popular journalistic pursuit. The paparazzi-style published photos outrage people, especially since the government officials who live in them often declare tiny salaries while living in palaces.
The main target of the photos has been President Viktor Yanukovych. In recent weeks, leading news website Ukrainska Pravda has published photos it says are of luxury buildings being built for Yanukovych, including a hunting lodge and a boathouse. One newspaper paid for a helicopter to take photos of Mezhyhiria, the sprawling multimillion-dollar estate where he lives.