Raw: Art of Ousted Ukrainian Leader Makes Debut

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The National Art Museum in Kiev gave reporters a first look at a new exhibit containing art works seized at the residence of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. (April 25)

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Kiev, Ukraine - April 25, 2014

1. Various of sculpture of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on display at museum, alongside other art works found at Yanukovych's residence

2. Mid reporters and others looking at items on display

3. Various of paintings and photos of Yanukovych on display

4. Mid of reporters and others looking at items on display

5. Mid woman looking at icons on display

6. Tight of ancient icon (left on screen) which is one of the most valuable items in Yanukovych's former collection

7. Mid pan of icons and artwork

8. Various of other artworks on display

9. Various of damaged painting of Yanukovych with hole through his face

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

Art works seized at the residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were on display to reporters at Kiev's National Art Museum on Friday, a day ahead of opening to the public.

Items from the former president's vast art collection, including sculptures and photos of himself, valuable icons and paintings, books, weapons and furnishings are now at the National Art Museum in Kiev.

They were taken from Yanukovich's Mezhyhiria palatial compound after his flight to Russia in February.

One of the paintings - "Christ and Sinner Woman" by Russian artist Vasily Polenov - was sold at auction at London's Bonhams in 2011 for over six million dollars.

Ukraine is going through its biggest political crisis since the fall of Soviet Union, set off by months-long anti-government protests and President Viktor Yanukovych's flight to Russia.

Yanukovych's ouster sparked wide anger in his support base in Ukraine's east.

The separatists, who claim Ukraine's post-Yanukovych government consists of nationalists who will suppress the east's large Russian-speaking population, are demanding regional autonomy or even annexation by Russia.

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