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A view of the interior of the private residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, near Kiev on February 24, 2014. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the interior of the private residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, near Kiev on February 24, 2014. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images)
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Corruption has been one of the main reasons people have taken to the streets in Kiev.

This past weekend, anti-government protesters found a private zoo, luxury cars and evidence that over $2 million had been spent to decorate a dining hall and tea room at ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's mansion.

Yet Yanukovych earned $25,000 dollars for most of his political life. And his son, a dentist by training, is reportedly worth more than $500 million dollars.

The corruption watchdog group Transparency International ranks Ukraine 144 out of 177 countries in the group's corruption perceptions index.

Andrei Marusov is chairman of the board of Ukraine's branch of Transparency International. He joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

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This segment aired on February 27, 2014.

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