Forbes compiled rating of "real estate kings" among Russian deputies and officials
A Krasnodar deputy who turned out to own 446 real estate items, as established by journalists, topped the rating.
The Russian version of Forbes magazine has compiled a rating called Power and Money, collecting 100 richest officials and deputies of Russia in it. However, experts counted not only incomes. The authors of the study have made a separate list of "real estate kings" among civil servants.
Batyrbiy Panesh, a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Krasnodar Krai from the LDPR faction, topped the list - his family owns 446 real estate items. Most of them belong to the wife of Panesh. He himself combines the deputy career with business activities - he is the first Deputy Director of Profstroy LLC (the beneficiary is Natalya Panesh, revenue is 4 million rubles ($62.6 thousand) in 2017, according to SPARK). In addition, according to SPARK, the deputy is a co-owner of the Krasnodarstroy construction company, which was declared bankrupt by Adygea Arbitration Court in 2018.
Alexander Bogomaz, Governor of the Bryansk region, whose relatives own 285 real estate pieces, comes second.
Most of the items are the assets of the family farm of the Bogomazs, the magazine notes. Thus, according to open data, they cultivate more than 13,000 hectares of land and own a warehouse complex for 80,000 tons of potatoes.
Vladimir Petrov, a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad region, rounds out the top three. He and his family are the owners of 201 property items. Prior to joining politics in 2011, Petrov organized receptions of foreign tourists in Russian cities and the CIS countries, worked as general representative of Pulkovo Federal State Unified Aviation Service Company in Germany and German PulExpress GmbH in Russia, and also chaired the Board of Directors of PulExpress.
The main owner of the Kolyma industrial and commercial concern Arbat and deputy of the Magadan regional Duma Alexander Basansky has 188 family-owned real estate pieces.
Alexander Knyazev, a Voronezh parliamentarian, whose family has 160 real estate objects, ranks fifth. Since 1998, the deputy has been engaged in agriculture - he has family farm IP Knyazev A.V. He manages about 13,000 hectares in Khokholsky district, sugar beets occupy most of the land. In March 2019, Knyazev bought another 5,000 hectares of land, an elevator and agricultural equipment in Novousmansky district of the Voronezh region from the enterprises of another deputy of the regional parliament Igor Alimenko. The media wrote that it cost him 250 million rubles ($3.9 m).
Next on the list is Nina Chekotova, a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Irkutsk region (159 objects), Semen Mitelman, a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk region (147), Vitaly Rybakov, a deputy of the Oryol regional council of people's deputies (125), Anatoly Zhdanov, a deputy of the Duma of Stavropol Krai (123), Dmitry Lotsmanov, a Krasnodar deputy (105), is last among top ten wealthiest officials. All of them are not only people's deputies, but are also involved in entrepreneurial activity.