Prosecutor General's Office demanded withdrawal of property of Shestun’s family
The relevant lawsuit was filed against the former Head of Serpukhov district and 35 more respondents, including his spouse, mother and other relatives by the department.
The Prosecutor General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Alexander Shestun, the former Head of Serpukhov district of the Moscow region, and another 35 respondents (15 individuals and 20 legal entities) about turning their property into state revenue, because no evidence of the legality of its acquisition was presented, RBC reports with reference to the official spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kurennoy.
According to Kurennoy, the defendants in the lawsuit will be the spouse of Alexander Shestun, her parents, his mother, and the immediate circle of relatives and friends, with whom property the Prosecutor’s Office wants to convert to state income was registered.
The spokesperson of the Prosecutor General’s Office added that if the property that was not declared was legally sold to third parties, there would be no questions to them. However, Shestun will have to return to the state the monetary equivalent of this property if the Prosecutor's Office proves the illegal possession in court.
The Prosecutor's Office also petitioned to change the territorial jurisdiction of the case for consideration by any other district court of the Moscow region, except for the Serpukhov one, “to ensure unprejudiced, unbiased and impartial justice.”
Earlier it was reported that Shestun, accused of fraud, turned out to have 676 properties in Serpukhov district, including 565 land plots registered with companies under his control and their nominal directors. After the audit it also became known that the former Head of the district owns two recreation centers worth 274 million rubles ($4.1 m) and 22 cars with a total value of about 27 million rubles ($405.4 thousand). All property belonging to Shestun is estimated at 10 billion rubles ($150.1m).
Kurennoy says the General Procurator’s Office’s claim amount to Shestun was almost equal to those of the former Governor of Sakhalin region Aleksander Khoroshavin, billionaire Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko and former Minister of Finance of Moscow region Aleksey Kuznetsov.
“Three of them had their common 11 billion rubles ($165 million). Shestun had 10 billion rubles ($150 million),” Kurennoy noted.
According to the General Procurator’s Office, Shestun deprived people of their property in his district through mock auctions with nominal participants. Property that was sold at an understated price was registered at the legal entities controlled by Shestun and his family. 19 land properties worth of 82 million rubles ($1.2 million) were registered in the name of the mother of the former head of the district.
Shestun’s lawyer Sergey Malyukin stated the property that was declared by the General Procurator’s Office has nothing in common with Shestun. It is not controlled either by him or his relatives or affiliated persons. Malyukin says this news was a huge “surprise” for the family of the former head of the district.
His spouse Yulia Shestun also stated he had not have so many properties. The woman believes the General Procurator’s Office has demonstrated bias against him. She noted Shestun was the only applicant in the ‘gambling case’. After that, 10 prosecutors from Moscow region found themselves in the remand prison or on the run. Moreover, after Shestun’s application, high-ranking representative of the General Procurator’s Office Sergey Abrosimov was sentenced to 8 years for bribery.
Criminal case against Aleksander Shestun related to excess of powers was initiated by the Investigative Committee of Russia in June, 2018. The investigation theory is that Shestun, being the head of Serpukhov district, exceeded his authority by transferring 4 land properties to Center LLC. The damage from his actions amounted to 62 million rubles ($931 thousand). Subsequently, accusations against him were reclassified as swindling.
Shestun believes the criminal case was initiated, after he posted a video message to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on his YouTube channel. In this message, he reported about threatens from high-ranking officials security chiefs he received.