Nizhny Novgorod Mayor polygraph-checked on Miami property
Earlier, Ivan Karnilin turned out to own undeclared real estate worth 130 million rubles.
Ivan Karnilin, the Nizhny Novgorod Mayor, has passed a polygraph test regarding his property in Miami.
The test was carried out on NTV’s Central Television show, Karnilin’s press secretary Elena Volisova told the journalists. Press Secretary further said that the Mayor had been asked questions related to Navalny’s investigation on the official’s undeclared property. The results will be announced next Saturday.
We should remind that the Anti-Corruption Foundation had discovered two apartments in Miami worth $824.000 and $1.100.000 (130 million rubles), acquired on the name of Albina Karnilina, the Mayor’s wife. Besides, the papers on Florida real estate feature the Mayor's daughter, Irina Ovchinnikova. According to the Rosreestr (Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography), she and Karnilin officially reside in the same Nizhny Novgorod’s apartment. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s income statement does not mention his American real estate, nor his wife. Yet, Karnilin’s 2015 income officially amounted to 4.7 million rubles with his real estate taxes paid to the United States between 2014 and 2016 reaching 5 million rubles.
Later, the City Head gave a statement to Nizhny Novgorod’s NN.ru saying that the US real estate had been acquired by his ex-wife between 2013 and 2014, when it was still legal. Karnilin said that it was an investment. In addition, the mayor said that he and his wife have been divorced since March 2015, and the apartments belong to her. The official claims the money for the purchase had been made legitimately. He stated that both American apartments had been bought while he was still a commercial worker.
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