Court reinforces refusal to return Khoroshavin’s property
Court officials said there were no grounds for consideration of the ex-Governor’s complaint.
The Presidium of the Sakhalin Regional Court dismissed the appeal of Aleksander Khoroshavin, the region’s former Governor, who claimed his property should be given back to him, according to Kommersant. The property already seized from the former Sakhalin Head is worth over 74 million rubles, yet the court decision was to seize 1.1 billion rubles worth of the official’s possessions in favor of the state.
According to the court, a verdict may be abolished or altered only if there is "misinterpretation and misapplication of the law that affect the outcome of the case, and unless clarified, prevent the effective restoration and protection of the violated rights and freedoms and make impossible safeguarding of legally protected public interests". Having found no such errors, the court rejected the complaint.
In December 2016, all the confiscated property was taken over by the Federal Property Management in the Moscow Region.
The ex-official’s family has appealed both to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and to President Vladimir Putin. Khoroshavins wrote a letter stating that the courts were grossly violating the presumption of innocence, taking away property from someone before he has been proven guilty. Besides, the detainee’s family brought to the court’s attention the fact that all the possessions had been acquired and declared in full accordance with the Russian law and the anti-corruption law in particular.
Currently, Aleksander Khoroshavin is in custody on suspicion of accepting substantial bribes and creation of a gang engaged in extortion from local businessmen.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?