Federation Council found no grounds for check of Kerimov's income
The senator was detained in France over non-payment of taxes.
The Federation Council of Russia found no grounds for initiation of a check of income of senator Suleyman Kerimov, whom the French authorities accused of money laundering and non-payment of taxes.
In particular, according to the vice-president of the upper house of parliament, Yuri Vorobyov, there are no reasons to believe that the senator has violated any laws.
“There are only tree cases we can initiate a check. First of all, if we are addressed by law enforcement agencies, - it gives us legal basis for the check, as well as all-Russian media and the registered political parties”, Interfax quotes Vorobyov.
According to the vice-president, the fact that he owns property abroad is not specified in tax declarations of Kerimov. Moreover, the fact of foreign nationality of Kerimov is not confirmed.
As for the charges brought by France against the senator, Paris should provide “sufficient information on the violations committed” by the senator, Vorobyov stated. After this, the Federation Council will be ready to carry out an inspection.
It should be added that last year, Kerimov reported about his apartment of 53,5 squares and a Mercedes car.
Reports on detention of the senator in an airport of Nice, France, appeared in the media on November 21. As Reuters with reference to sources reported, investigators believe Kerimov used shell firms in order to buy real estate to avoid paying taxes.
The billionaire was release on bail of 5 million euros; he was also forbidden to leave France.