Case on coastal land seizure makes Tatarstan leadership fidgety 

Case on coastal land seizure makes Tatarstan leadership fidgety
The official was caught in the land swindle Photo: The CrimeRussia

The court arrested Deputy Head of Zelenodolsky district of Tatarstan, Head of urban village Nizhniye Vyazovye Foat Shamsiev on the second attempt. The official, who, according to the investigation, transferred 23 lots in the coastal strip into private property free of charge, unexpectedly received protection at the highest level.⁠

The investigators regarded a letter to the court from Head of the Zelenodolsky district administration Alexander Tygin, in which he asked not to choose a severe measure of restraint for Shamsiev,  as an attempt to exert pressure on the investigation. As a result, the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Tatarstan sent an appeal to President of the Republic Rustam Minnikhanov with a request to check the activities of the Zelenodolsky district administration for corruption. The Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee threatens Alexander Tygin and his team with a large-scale investigation in case an attempt to intervene in the criminal case is repeated. After all, it was not by chance that the district authorities began to worry so much, rushing to save the official caught with the shady schemes with the land.

This refers to illegal transactions that took place seven years ago. According to the investigation, between 2010 and 2013 Foat Shamsiev, being the Head of  Nizhnie Vyazovye settlement and Deputy Head of Zelenodolsky district, "organized and implemented a criminal scheme for assigning rights to land" relying on the law on "country amnesty".

Фоат Шамсиев

Foat Shamsiev

According to the preliminary version, from 2010 to 2013 the Executive Committee of Zelenodolsky district, in accordance with the Federal Law, granted land plots to members of Volozhka gardeners' non-commercial partnership. But it was the Deputy Head of the district administration who ordered the former chairman of the garden association to issue certificates to shill people stating that they are members of the partnership and they allegedly have summer cottages there. As a result, the official signed these documents and set a seal to them. After that the certificates with the forged data were sent to the Ministry of Land and Property Relations, where the decisions to transfer the municipal land under the "country amnesty" to the property of the said persons in the certificates for free were made.

Глава района Александр Тыгин и его заместитель Фоат Шамсиев (по центру)

District Head Alexander Tygin and his Deputy Foat Shamsiev (in the center)

All the allocated plots were actually outside the borders of Volzhanka, including in the coastal belt of the Volga River and its bays. Investigators point out that this way 23 land plots were transferred to the property of certain people, two of which Shamsiev actually 'gave' to his wife and brother.

But the Deputy Head of the administration himself assures that there is nothing illegal in his actions, since the mentioned land plots are still not delimited.

Anyway, Shamsiev is charged with two crimes - under part 2 of Art. 285 (Abuse of Official Powers by the head of the local government body) and part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a person using his official position).

According to the investigation, the total area of ​​23 illegally seized plots in the coastal zone is about 8.726 square kilometers. Their cadastral value is only 1.2 million rubles ($20.3 thousand), but it is clear that the market price is several times larger. There is evidence that many of the plots that 'swam away' in private hands through Shamsiev's scheme have already been resold. And he could not carry out all these machinations with the ground alone, because he lacks enough authority.

Now, those who acquired these lands free of charge are being established, their actions will be given a legal assessment. There are reasons to believe that there may surface new episodes in the case, and not those that happened seven years ago. Probably then it will become clear why the Head of the Zelenodolsky district administration became so jittery and decided to press the investigation. In the meantime, as it became known to BUSINESS Online, the administration of Nizhniye Vyazovye is being searched. What exactly operatives are looking for is unknown. However, the emergence of new episodes in the criminal case may be expected in the near future.

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