Turns out MIA General Yakunin has 200-million-ruble apartment 

Turns out MIA General Yakunin has 200-million-ruble apartment
Anatoly Yakunin received a 200-million-ruble apartment under a social housing program

Anatoly Yakunin, who was appointed the Head of operational management of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia on September 24, has successfully passed all the necessary checks before he could take the high position.

In light of recent corruption scandals in the MIA, which resulted in a number of personnel changes in the department, inspectors were especially meticulous about the General Yakunin’s revenues and expenditures, as well as that of his family, according to the Life.

Of all Yakunin’s property the inspectors found particularly interesting an upscale two-bedroom apartment in an elite club building on Ostozhenka Street located in Moscow’s most expensive district, the newspaper said.

The Life experts estimated it at 200 million rubles at least, so for a family with a combined annual income of 6.7 million rubles a house like this appears to be a tad too expensive.

However, the inspection revealed that the property documents were impeccably legal. The General was given the apartment in Ostozhenka 11 residential complex by the Moscow mayor in 2012, when he moved to the capital from Novgorod to replace Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who became the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Shortly after the Ostozhenka housewarming party, the Yakunins started the privatization paperwork.

However, when the general's daughter Yekaterina Yakunina first turned to the Department of housing policy for privatization, they said no, as the housing had not yet been officially made a municipal property (shortly before that the Moscow government got this apartment from the developer, an Austrian company Strabag SE).

Ostozhenka 11

Then Yakunin’s daughter privatized the apartment through court action. She was advised to do so by officials themselves, since there was little time left before Yakunin’s right of free privatization would expire in March 2013.

The officials were right: in February 2013, one month before the privatization expiry, the Moscow Khamovniki District Court ruled in favor of Yakunin’s daughter. As it had been expected, the free privatization deadlines had a decisive impact on the verdict.

"The plaintiff, who lives in an apartment provided to her by the government and wants to buy it through the privatization procedure, can not be held responsible for late registration of ownership by Moscow", the court decision was.

Thus, the Moscow City Hall legally provided the apartment worth 200 million rubles to Anatoly Yakunin’s family.

The apartment measuring ​​148.1 square meters where General Yakunin lives on paper but not actually, is located in an upmarket complex in the center of Moscow.

There are only 40 apartments in the six-storied exclusively designed building. It’s coated with three types of rare Germany-brought stones. The walls overlooking the courtyard are partly decorated with Garapa wood, which is stronger than mahogany and more resistant to bad weather. The penthouse offers a great view over the city center and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in particular. The interior of the entrance is reminiscent of Renaissance palaces, Life notes.

Currently, the 200-million-ruble apartment is home to Yekaterina, Anatoly Yakunin’s 29-year-old daughter and her husband Vadim Filippov, who is the first Deputy Prosecutor of the Moscow Kuntsevo district.

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Vadim Filippov, the first Deputy Prosecutor of the Moscow Kuntsevo district

The newspaper said the young Prosecutor’s life changed dramatically after he got married to the General's daughter. For a year of service he worked his way up from an ordinary employee of the Prosecutor's Office to a 1st class lawyer. In addition to the General's apartment, the young couple has an apartment in Vnukovo’s new housing developments.

Meanwhile, experts say that when signing the social housing contract, Moscow rules do not differentiate between a high-ranking official and an ordinary citizen.

According to Oleg Sukhov, the President of the Lawyers Guild, the city’s law suggests that a family of three should have a one-bedroom apartment considering one person has 18 square meters. To sign a social housing contract, an applicant must possess certain criteria. In particular, such agreements are meant for the underprivileged who first have to wait for their turn to get social housing. Generally, Moscow families have to wait 25 years before they could get an apartment. There are now 74 thousand families in the capital waiting for their turn, by 2016 counts.

A special category of citizens gets their apartments pursuant to certain regulations: presidential decrees, government regulations or orders by the local authorities. The MIA General Yakunin seems to belong to that precise group.

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