Prosecutor’s Office confirms United Russia member Dmitry Savelyev seized forest area
The State Duma member illegally fenced about 1.8 hectares of forest.
Odintsovo City Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that the State Duma member from the United Russia party (Edinaya Rossiya) Dmitry Savelyev illegally seized land, which was part of the forest reserves near Rublevskoe highway. The information was reported by the lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), Ivan Zhdanov.
Excerpt from a letter by the Prosecutor’s Office:
I am informing you that, following the results of the inspection, the city prosecutor's office started collecting documents needed to oblige the perpetrators to release the illegally occupied forest areas, as well as to challenge the ownership of the land plot with cadastral number 50:20:0041009:143 in court. You will be informed of the results later.
Previously, FBK conducted its own investigation and already accused Savelyev of misappropriating 18 thousand sq. m. of forest in Moscow Forestry, which the lawmaker registered under his ownership.
The prosecutor's office checked the FBK report and found that Savelyev indeed fenced the forest, though there were no fences between his plot of land and the forest itself. After confirming a violation of the Russian forest legislation, the prosecution stated that it was already preparing documents to challenge the fencing of the forest in court.
Additionally, earlier FBK accused the lawmaker of not enlisting one of his houses in a tax return. The Moscow Region Prosecutor's Office checked this complaint and forwarded it to the Prosecutor General’s Office. However, the latter did not pay any attention to the message, and no further action followed. Later, Savelyev corrected his mistake and added the house into his declaration. Now he is going to pay taxes for it as well.
Moreover, Savelyev chose not to participate in the new election to the State Duma. Perhaps, his party bosses dissuaded him from taking part in the primaries. As a reminder, in April, his assistant Yahyu Akiev opened fire on Komsomolskaya Square in Moscow, later calling it an accident.
Dmitry Savelyev is a former military man, who fought in Afghanistan and was awarded the medal "For Courage”. Previously, he headed the companies Norsi-Oil and Transneft.
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