Vendors sell bike rentals, guided tours and memorabilia outside the main entrance to Mezhyhirya.

Vendors sell bike rentals, guided tours and memorabilia outside the main entrance to Mezhyhirya.

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Touring the grounds of Mezhyhirya, the lavish former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, can be an odd experience.

From a main house built to resemble an oversized Finnish hunting lodge to acres of manicured gardens to a gladiator themed boxing ring, visitors are in for a first-hand look at what millions of tax dollars can buy.

There are many calling for the estate to be turned into a "museum of corruption." And, while those efforts have stalled, here is what a tour of Mezhyhirya looks like.

The main club house inside Mezhgorye, the residence of Ukraine's ousted president Victor Yanukovych.

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Mezhyhirya has become a popular wedding day destination for Ukrainians.

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Related: Ukrainians vowed to turn their ex-president’s estate into a ‘Museum of Corruption.’ But it’s something else now.

The main staircase at Mezhyhirya club house.

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A portrait of Petro Oliynyk, 34, a grocery salesman from Lviv has, came to Mezhgorye from Maidan where he participated in the revolution and has remained there ever since guarding/protecting it from looters.

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Petro Oliynyk with a Ukrainian emblem embroidered flag draped around his shoulders.

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Yanukovych-themed toilet paper (though, probably placed there by rebels) in the master bedroom.

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The salt room inside the spa.

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A gladiator themed boxing ring.

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A shrink wrapped leather chair in Viktor Yanukovych's former office at Mezhyhirya.

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This story was produced with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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