Demolish Dubovaya Rosha: Goryachy Klyuch officials nightmarize construction business
A CrimeRussia source advised that all businessmen operating in the resort town must pay ‘kickbacks’ to officials on a regular basis, while construction companies are ‘milked’ most of all.
An official convicted for fraud was not dismissed and still holds his position – this is the sad reality of Goryachy Klyuch (Hot Spring) resort town. The functionaries of Goryachy Klyuch became famous nationwide after the broadcasting of “Poisonous Business” documentary filmed by Arkady Mamontov and telling about a garbage dump in the resort whose waste liquids flow directly into the medicinal waters. In fact, the situation hasn’t changed much since then. No reasonable steps were made by the local authorities. According to the CrimeRussia source, two supreme functionaries of the town are responsible for this: Goryachy Klyuch Mayor Ivan Fedorovsky and his deputy Dmitry Karpenko convicted for swindling in 2016.Our
Goryachy Klyuch is a balneological resort with amazing nature and unique medicinal mineral springs located in the Greater Caucasus foothills, on the right bank of the Psekups River, a tributary of the Kuban. Goryachy Klyuch has been officially recognized one of the most environmentally pristine sites on the Earth.
In June 2016, the Tuapse Court has found Dmitry Karpenko, First Deputy Head of Goryachy Klyuch, guilty of swindling committed by a person through his official position, as well as on a large scale (part 3 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The dishonest official was sentenced to a conditional 3-year term. In August, the Krasnodar Krai Court has examined an appeal submitted by the lawyer of Karpenko and uphold the original verdict. It would seem that the guilty official must be removed from the office – but it was not to be. A source in the Regional Prosecutor’s Office told the CrimeRussia that Karpenko managed to retain his chair because of the patronage of Yuri Gritsenko, the ex-Vice Governor of the Krasnodar Krai currently charged with exceeding of official powers and swindling and remaining under home arrest.
The source provided some details of the practices used by Dmitry Karpenko and the Goryachy Klyuch Municipal Administration in general. Reportedly, all the businessmen operating in the resort town must pay ‘kickbacks’ to the officials on a regular basis, while construction companies are ‘milked’ most of all. Normally, the Municipal Administration requires developers to sign with it a settlement agreement stipulating the gratuitous transfer of hundreds of square meters of newly-built living space to the Administration. The source notes that Goryachy Klyuch attracts retirees from the northern regions of Russia who gladly purchase apartments there – therefore, developers have no choice but to accept the conditions set by the local officials. Those trying to oppose the corruption practices are pressurized by the administrative resource in its full force and effect. Interestingly, the introduction of this ‘milking’ scheme has coincided with the appointment of Ivan Fedorovsky the Goryachy Klyuch Mayor in 2015. Above-mentioned Dmitry Karpenko has joined the Mayor’s Office as the first deputy of Fedorovsky in the same year.
The source has shared the story of businessman Mansur Abbasov who must be dreadfully regretful that at some point he had rejected the conditions set by the bureaucrats. See below what happens with those refusing to follow the path laid by the local power brokers.
Mansur Oktai-Ogly Abbasov is the owner and Chairman of the Management Board of Dubovaya Rosha (Oak Grove) Housing Construction Cooperative registered at 34 Kubanskaya street, Goryachy Klyuch. Dubovaya Rosha Residential Complex is under construction at that address. Dubovaya Rosha was designed as a social housing project – the cost of a square meter of living space there is 25–26 thousand rubles ($417–434), which is below the market rates. Many disabled persons and retirees have joined the housing cooperative and invested their savings into the construction of the residential complex.
According to our information, Dmitry Karpenko, First Deputy Head of Goryachy Klyuch sentenced to a conditional term for swindling, with direct involvement of Vasily Komirniy, Deputy Prosecutor of the City, is seeking in the Goryachy Klyuch District Court a judicial decision to demolish the already-built Dubovaya Rosha Residential Complex with the registered title ownership right.
The story began in 2015: the Prosecutor’s Office, in the person of Komirniy, has checked the residential complex under construction and identified some violations. Hence all the works on the construction site were put on hold.
In summer 2016, Dmitry Karpenko had a private meeting with Mansur Abbasov, owner of the construction company, and made him an ‘offer’ that what impossible to reject – but Abbasov had rejected it. In order to be able to continue the construction, he was ‘offered’ to transfer 600 square meters of the living space worth some 45 million rubles ($750.8 thousand) to the Municipal Administration and pay Vasily Komirniy, Deputy Prosecutor of the City, 2 million rubles ($33.4 thousand) in cash. In fact, there were two such meetings: the first one with Karpenko and the second one with Komirniy. Otherwise they both had promised the developer that the construction project would never be completed, while he is about to be driven out of the town.
Due to the extensive delay in the construction, Mansur Abbasov had to accept these conditions. However, the already-built living space was not sufficient for the bribe in the amount of 600 square meters, and Abbasov received from Karpenko and Komirniy a verbal approval to add the fourth floor to the three-storey complex. This is how the fourth – ‘corruption’ – floor has appeared.
In December 2016, the Goryachy Klyuch District Court has ruled, based on the expert assessment confirming that the building complies with all the regulations, to declare the proprietary rights of the members of Dubovaya Rosha Housing Construction Cooperative. Later it became known that this court decision was a shock for Karpenko and Komirniy. The source in law enforcement structures states that Karpenko and Komirniy had intended to get not 600, but 1,400 square metes in that building – and the court has disrupted their ambitious plans. Komirniy had reportedly said in his office that they were “blatantly cheated” and he would make every possible effort to demolish the residential complex. An appeal against the legally effective court decision has been filed with the regional court. The CrimeRussia source says that the appeal hasn’t been examined yet, but Komirniy already said in public that a contractor has been chosen to level Dubovaya Rosha to the ground.
It is necessary to note that back in 2014, when notorious Leonid Korzhinek was in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Krasnodar Krai, Vasily Komirniy, then-Prosecutor in the Department for Overseeing the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and Legitimacy of Legal Management Acts Regulating the Overseeing of the Compliance with the Federal Legislation, had won the contest “Best Prosecutor Overseeing the Compliance with the Federal Legislation of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Krasnodar Krai”. We were unable to find out why was the best prosecutor transferred from the regional watchdog authority to the municipal one (i.e. with demotion)...
While this material was in preparation, we became aware that the actions of Dmitry Karpenko and Vasily Komirniy have attracted the attention of Sergei Tabelsky, Prosecutor of the Krasnodar Krai appointed to this post in spring 2017. We will continue monitoring the situation with Dubovaya Rosha; hopefully, the regional Prosecutor’s Office puts an end to the lawlessness of the municipal officials and finds out why do convicted criminals rule Goryachy Klyuch.
A St. Petersburg company Renessans-Restavratsiya JSC, involved in a criminal case under Art. 169 (Swindling) of the Russian Criminal Code, has been selected to receive the contract. The case was initiated in September 2017 in connection with the failure to perform 4-million-ruble ($70 thousand) works to restore a XVI-century fortress in the Leningrad region.
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