Foreign assets get Mayor of Nizhny Novgorod into trouble
The Presidential Envoy explained why Ivan Karnilin had been dismissed.
Early resignation of Head of Nizhny Novgorod Ivan Karnilin occurred after his foreign estates had been checked. This was said by the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the Volga Federal District, Mikhail Babich. According to him, the verification of officials’ assets, in which the Prosecutor General's Office, the tax service and financial and law enforcement agencies are involved, may continue for a year, since, in addition to the assets found, it is also necessary to collect the evidence against an official.
Karnilin’s house in Miami
In the given case, said Babich, the work that was carried out gave the result, and Karnilin's dismissal is appropriate.
It is to be recalled that yesterday the deputies of Nizhny Novgorod City Duma adopted a petition for the resignation of Mayor Ivan Karnilin, subsequently approving it by a majority vote (31 deputies in favor, 5 against, 2 undecided). At the same time, Karnilin remains a deputy of the city parliament.
Karnilin himself explained his decision to vacate his post by 60 years of age and the desire to "give way to the young."
At the end of the last year, the Anti-Corruption Foundation headed by Alexey Navalny reported about the two undeclared apartments in Miami (USA) with an area of 130 and 160 square meters in Karnilin’s possession. In the open registry of property owners of the American city, there is a certain Albina Karnilina, who in December 2013 bought an apartment for 824 thousand USD, and in June 2014 in the same house she bought another apartment for 1.1 million USD.
Karnilin himself stated that the apartments belonged to his ex-wife. Navalny also claimed that the couple now lives in the same apartment. It should be noted that earlier the Nizhny Novgorod Prosecutor's Office conducted its audit and did not find any real estate in the USA belonging to Karnilin.
Attorney Dmitry Yakubovskiy got his nickname (General Dima) in the 1990s, when at age 28 he nearly became a General. Then he led the commission of the USSR Ministry of Defense in the Western Group of Forces in Germany. As a lawyer, he defended the interests of Solntsevskaya gang entrepreneurs Sergey Mikhailov (Mikhas) and Arnold Tamm (Spivakovsky), and today he is considered one of the richest people in Switzerland with a fortune of about $1 billion.