Bard Novikov's defense said musician blamed for debts of his namesake

Bard Novikov's defense said musician blamed for debts of his namesake
Alexander Novikov Photo: Artyom Ustyuzhanin / E1.RU

The lawyer of the musician insists that the city administration of Yekaterinburg has made a mistake.

The authorities of Yekaterinburg are trying to recover from the bard Alexander Novikov the debts that are considered to be his full namesake’s, the lawyer of the musician told Znak.com.

According to her, initially, in the claims, the city administration indicated completely different TIN and OGRNIP of the defendant, which formally means that the claims are made to a completely different person.

“This mistake has been going on since 2017, when the administration of Yekaterinburg initially filed a lawsuit for the recovery of funds. Already after the decision was made, the administration asked the court to correct the data, and they corrected it as a typo. This is a procedural violation, because my client doesn’t even know about these lawsuits, we weren’t really informed, we didn’t participate in the process,” the lawyer insists.

She added that the defense will appeal against the court decision, according to which the musician should be declared bankrupt. “If they want to recover something, they must go through the whole process again. We are even willing to pay if the demands are made to us,” the lawyer says.

On Friday, a preliminary meeting was held at the Sverdlovsk Arbitration Court at the suit of the Yekaterinburg administration for the bankruptcy of bard Alexander Novikov. The lawyer did not participate in the hearing because of the delay – the preliminary hearing lasted only three minutes. The fact that the requirements to bankrupt the bard are untenable, she told reporters in the hallway in front of the courtroom.

The judge announced a break until May 29. Thus, the petition of the lawyer of the administration of Yekaterinburg, who declared that all parties will try to resolve the conflict peacefully within a month, was satisfied.

Earlier it was reported that on March 20, 2017, according to the decision of the arbitration court, 1,339,643.92 rubles ($20,600) were collected from Alexander Novikov. The mayor’s office regards the bard’s debt as his unjust enrichment due to savings in rent for the land plot on 38 Malysheva Street, Yekaterinburg, where the two-story building is located.

According to open sources, in this building with a total area of 231.8 square meters, premises with a total area of 168 square meters belong to Novikov. The fee accrued to the musician in the period from January 1, 2013 to July 2016, amounted to more than 1 million 339 thousand rubles ($20,600). Novikov’s lawyer does not deny that he owns a part of the premises in this building, but still insists that once the debt was formally exposed to another INN and OGRNP, it has nothing to do with her client.

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