Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District officials suspected of selling regional assets at understated price

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District officials suspected of selling regional assets at understated price
The Gostiny Dvor shopping center put up for sale in the center of Khanty-Mansijsk

The complaint to the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Prosecutor's Office with a request to check the legality of the bidding was filed by a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk.

The Gostiny Dvor shopping center in the center of Khanty-Mansiysk, which is being auctioned, was put up for sale at an understated price, according to Viktor Gaidar, a resident of the region's capital, who filed an appropriate complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and the Prosecutor's Office.

As URA.RU writes, Gaidar asks the departments to check the actions of the state property department of KhMAO. According to the man, the price of 350 million rubles ($6m) for a shopping center with a land plot of 7.5 thousand square meters is understated twice. Gaidar claims that the book value of this facility is 567 million rubles ($9.8m).

In addition, the applicant indicates that on the website of the Russian auction house, where the object is put up for sale, just a part of the information is published. Thus, the application for participation in the auction is not presented on the portal, which unjustifiably leads to restriction of competition between potential market participants wishing to acquire objects, Gaidar says.

In turn, the Department of State Property of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District explains the value of the property by the fact that a number of long-term lease agreements continue to be in effect, noting that this does not violate the law in any way.

"The cost of the Gostiny Dvor shopping and entertainment center was set at 350 million rubles by independent appraisers Iola LLC. The validity of this assessment is confirmed by the expertise of the SRO Business Union of Appraisers," the department emphasizes.

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