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Ex-leader's estate embodies Ukraine's past, present, hope for future
Ex-leader's estate embodies Ukraine's past, present, hope for future

On a summer's day in the park, children gripped Frisbees and ice cream cones as they tottered next to distracted parents. A wedding party simulated a conga line for a patient cameraman. A trio of twentysomething men sipped kvass, a favorite only-looks-like-beer beverage. Framing the children and their scoops of vanilla and raspberry was a massive structure that looked as if the Parthenon had somehow been transported to a French royal estate, married a Russian dacha and then had a country-cozy Martha Stewart house fall on its head. The weekend revelers had, apparently, wandered into a billionaire's fever dream. And it got even more surreal. Just yards from where the children...

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