Throughout the winter of 2014, protesters in Ukraine fought to overthrow their corrupt president. On the night of February 22, Viktor Yanukovych boarded a helicopter and finally fled, as loaded trucks were hastily moving valuables out of his estate.
The estate, Mezhyhirya, had been surrounded by rumors of obscene luxury. Some even gossiped about a toilet made of gold. The golden toilet was ultimately never found, but there was plenty more to shock the first protesters who entered Mezhyhirya: Ostriches and llamas in a private zoo. A ship built to serve as a special-occasion restaurant. A golden loaf of bread just lying around the house. The 100-acre estate was crawling with gawkers for days, not unlike a Romanov palace after the Bolshevik revolution.