Shuvalov's asset manager confirmed purchase of apartments on Kotelnicheskaya embankment
The lawyer Sergey Kotlyarenko confirmed the purchase of apartments in a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment by order of First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, but he stated that the competitive interests are derogated in this case, because he acted under a principle of blind trust.
The asset manager of First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov Sergey Kotlyarenko confirmed the buyup of apartments on the 14th floor of a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment in an interview to RNS. However, he shut out the conflict of interest, because he acted under a principle of blind trust.
“The idea was to make up an unique object. And how to deal with it next - this is the second question. If the solid buyer suddenly appears, it is better to sell it. Obviously, in the case of joining the apartments object will be sold with essential profit. It's an investment, "- he explained.
According Kotlyarenko, purchased apartments will be registered in Shuvalov's declaration only if he buys them and begins to use them. “In fact, our client can follow the a principle of blind trust. However, under Russian legislation, we are obliged to forward an accounting to our client. Although, it is clear that in such cases no one reads it. Nevertheless, the requirements of the legislation oblige us to do that,” said Kotlyarenko.
When asked a question about whether Shuvalov knows about “impending deals” and whether he may affect on investment decisions, the lawyer answered that First Deputy Prime Minister does not run by him with “impending state decisions”.
On the interview he also denied the information that he and First Deputy Prime Minister studied together at the Law Faculty of Moscow State University.
Earlier, on July 4 the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) reported that Kotlyarenko purchased 10 apartments with a total area of over 700 square meters in the skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment by order of Shuvalov's family.
The anti-corruption campaigners rebuked Deputy Prime Minister that bought, in their opinion, for him apartments has been not registered in his official declaration.
Also, the publication stated that the lawyer and First Deputy Prime Minister attended the same course and “since 1999 Kotlyarenko career has been inextricably linked to one official - Igor Shuvalov”. Then representatives of Kotlyarenko and Shuvalov claimed that the property, mentioned in the FBK’s publication, is in confidential management.