Federal Protective Service General Lopyrev's family trying to return confiscated property
The St. Petersburg City Court approved the decision to convert the property of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) Lieutenant-General Gennady Lopyrev, sentenced to 10 years in prison, his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and acquaintances back on June 20. Now the family of the general through the same court wants to get back the houses, apartments, and land.
On August 16, the St. Petersburg City Court heard a cassation appeal from members of the family of the Federal Protective Service Lieutenant-General Gennady Lopyrev on the court's decision to seize money and property acquired during the service of the general since 2002, Fontanka reports.
It was submitted by the wife, son, and daughter-in-law of the general. However, the date for the case hearing is not yet fixed.
Earlier, by the decision of June 20, the same court ruled to draw to the state's income 5 apartments belonging to the Lopyrev family with a total cadastral value of 140 million rubles ($2mln), 4 residential houses worth 136 million rubles ($2 mln), 5 land plots with a cadastral value of 28 million rubles ($400,000) 4 non-residential cadastral buildings worth 12 million rubles ($180,000), 5 garages for the amount of 7.6 million rubles ($110,000) and 4 cars worth 8 million rubles ($120,000). In addition to property for 330 million rubles ($4.9 mln), according to the court decision, 86 million rubles ($1.3 mln), $383,000 (25.6 million rubles), 1 million 56 thousand euros (82 million rubles) – in the amount of 194 million rubles ($2.9 mln), should come into the state income.
General Lopyrev was detained at the end of 2016. Znamensky Garrison Military Court found the former head of the security service in the Caucasus FPS RF Lieutenant-General guilty of taking bribes from contractors of the FPS for more than 6 million rubles ($90,000) (part 6, article 290 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced him to 10 years in a strict-security colony and a fine in the amount of 150 million rubles ($2.2 mln) on November 16, 2017. Later, the court lowered for Lopyrev the term of imprisonment for 4 months, also cutting down the amount of the fine to 130 million rubles ($1.9 mln). Arrested at the time of the investigation as an interim measure, the property was first returned to the relatives by the court since they were not involved in the case.
However, along with the trial process, in accordance with the law on expenditure control (No. 230-FL of December 20, 2012), a civil procedure was launched, during which the Prosecutor General's Office confronted Lopyrev and his family’s income with large purchases. Under the property inspection of the Prosecutor General's Office, Gennady Lopyrev himself, his wife Alexandra Ivanovna. son Alexander and daughter-in-law, as well as friends of the Tozlyans, Dorofeevs, Markaryan and Nikolenko's families, were involved. They also were listed as legal owners of property related to the general.
As a result of the audit, it was found out that the cost of houses, apartments, land plots (542 million rubles ($8 mln)) exceeded the family income in the period from 2002 to 2016. The news portal notes that it amounted to 96 million rubles ($1,4). Of these, the general’s salary was estimated at 46 million rubles ($690,000), about the same amount was earned by his son in the RZD Stroi (RZD Construct). At the same time, Gennady Lopyrev did not spend this salary, which came to the personal account in VTB 24 bank. From the statement on the personal account, it follows that starting from 2008 the incoming money was transferred by the bank to the deposit and was not used by Lopyrev, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
Meanwhile, at that time members of the Lopyrev family purchased apartments, land, houses, other real estate, cars in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Leningrad and Moscow regions, and more than 174 million rubles ($2.5 mln) were found in the Lopyrevs' dwelling, a rented bank safe and accounts at credit institutions.
After this, Deputy Prosecutor Viktor Grin filed a lawsuit in the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg, at the place of registration of Lopyrevs. The first decision, made in February 2018, was contested – in an attempt to save the acquired Lopyrevs claimed that they had accumulated capital since the 1990s, but they could not provide documentary evidence to this.