Leaders on the Run and Where They Went
Ukraine's former president is just the latest in a notable list of heads of state who fled after being ousted. Where do they go?
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is just the latest in a notorious roll call of leaders who took a powder when their time in power abruptly ended.
Inevitably, hiding out ousted heads of state tend to be found in days or weeks. Sunglasses and a baseball hat won't cut it when you're trying to get the hell out of Donetsk, the eastern Ukranian city where Yanukovych was reportedly grounded as he tried to leave in a chartered plane.
Let's take a look at some of the more interesting hidey holes that former leaders have used.
During a civil war in October 2011, Col. Muammar Gaddafi was sent packing after ruling that country for 40 years. As a bloody civil war was waged, Gaddafi's bodyguards fought off rebel fighters in Sirte, Libya. Gaddafi hid in a drainage pipe, where he was found and killed on Oct. 20.
On Dec. 15, 2003, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was found in and pulled from a concrete hole on a farm in Tikrit. "'I'm Saddam Hussein, I'm the president of Iraq and I'm willing to negotiate,'" he was quoted as saying by Maj. Brian Reed, of the Fourth Infantry Division which captured him. "The response from soldiers was: 'President Bush sends his regards'," Reed added.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, autocratic ruler of Tunisia for a quarter century, was a bit more successful than his Ukrainian counterpart when he made a run for it. His plane successfully took off and delivered him to Saudi Arabia (reportedly with suitcases full of cash and gold).
In June 2012, a Tunisian court sentenced him in absentia to life in prison for inciting violence and murder.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took the luxury approach after he resigned: He barricaded himself and supporters behind road blocks at his winter home in Sharm-el-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort known for its opulent hotels and golf courses.
Mubarak is now on trial for corruption. He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted for his part in killing Egyptian demonstrators.
After Haiti's Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was overthrown in a popular uprising in 1986, he fled to France, where he stayed in exile for 20 years. He returned from Paris to Haiti in 2011 and was arrested the next day.
Though Duvalier is facing trial on corruption and human-rights-abuse charges, he reportedly lives a luxurious life in a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Many former victims of the Duvalier regime have attended his hearings and plan to testify against him.