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Video: As Ukraine heads to polls, what remains of Yanukovich's party?

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-24

Four months after ex-president Viktor Yanukovich was deposed by anti-government protesters, Ukrainians head to the polls Sunday to pick a new leader, with Yanukovich's once powerful Party of Regions in virtual tatters.

Since Yanukovich fled the country on February 21, volunteers have been working around the clock, piecing together shredded documents they say prove he was neck-deep in corruption.

Opponents say Yanukovich’s relatives and close political allies embezzled state money, amassing huge fortunes in a matter of months.

Members of the Yanukovich family have denied corruption allegations, but there are few people left in Kiev ready to defend them.

Former allies in the former president's Party of Regions were quick to turn their back on Yanukovich as deadly violence engulfed the Ukrainian capital in February. Other confidants, like businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, went into hiding.

However, a few members of Yanukovich's now fragmented party are actively campaigning for the presidency while distancing themselves from the ousted leader.

Meanwhile, separatist rebels fighting Ukrainian forces in the country’s east – where Yanukovich’s party once drew most of its support – have vowed to do what they can to prevent the election from taking place.

To watch FRANCE 24’s video report on the accusations of corruption surrounding Viktor Yanukovich and his former allies, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-05-23

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