Alexander Khoroshavin fails to return $32-million-worth confiscated property
The Supreme Court refused to handle the cassational appeal of the ex-Governor and his family on the conversion of property to government revenue.
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation refused to consider the cassation appeal of Sakhalin ex-Governor Alexander Khoroshavin and his relatives for a large-scale confiscation of their property worth over 1.84 billion rubles ($32 m).
Confiscation was sanctioned by Sakhalin courts, which found that the defendants (Alexander Khoroshavin, his ex-wife Irina and son Ilya) had not provided evidence confirming the purchase of this property for legitimate sources of income. Subsequently the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation confirmed the need to apply the law On Control over the Correspondence of Expenditures of Persons Replacing State Positions and Other Persons with Their Incomes" in Khoroshavin’s case.
The Khoroshavins complained about the illegality of seizure of property acquired before the anti-corruption law entered into force, the property of Ilya Khoroshavin, who reached the age of majority, as well as jewelry, watches and money. During withdrawal the courts also did not take into account the amount of confirmed income of the defendants (about 75 million rubles ($1.3m).
However the Supreme Court refused to consider the complaint of the Khoroshavins as they have not seen any violations of the Sakhalin courts that satisfied the claim of the Prosecutor General's Office about the conversion of property to state revenue.
In the framework of the enforcement proceedings against Alexander Khoroshavin bailiffs confiscated four apartments in Moscow and a house in Gorki-10 on Rublyovka from the former wife and son of the ex-governor of the Sakhalin region. In addition, the cars of Ilya Khoroshavin – a Bentley Continental and a Mercedes S-class, as well as a Lexus LX 570 SUV, which belongs to Irina Khoroshavina, will come under the hammer. The state, among other things, withdrew currency in cash, jewelry and a collection of watches.
As The CrimeRussia has previously reported, Alexander Khoroshavin and his four alleged accomplices are accused of bribe-taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code) worth over 522 million rubles ($9.2m) from entrepreneurs. The investigation believes that the ex-governor legalized more than 77 million rubles (Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) by crediting them to bankcards or converting them into dollars and euros.
In early February the case of the ex-Head of the region and his subordinates was passed to court. Consideration of the case began on March, 6.