Magnitogorsk City Council responds to orphan imprisoned for being homeless

Magnitogorsk City Council responds to orphan imprisoned for being homeless
Sergey Antipin

"He might as well find a job that provides accommodation and wait for his own housing," the officials said about the former resident of a children's home.

The Magnitogorsk City Council has commented on the situation involving former resident of a children's home Sergey Antipin, who had decided to commit a crime to go to prison. Earlier, the young man accused the officials for making him a convict, since the authorities did not provide him with housing upon leaving the orphanage.

The ex-orphan is currently serving a sentence for robbery and theft in one of the colonies. According to Antipin, he was thus able to solve the problem with the lack of a roof over the warm corner.

It is noteworthy that representatives of social services office categorically disagree with the young man's claims.

"Sergey Antipin first applied for housing in 2012, soon after he turned 18. Back then, there was no vacant housing property in Magnitogorsk to grant him. He was placed in the queue before he came of age. In 2014, he was convicted and placed in a colony. In 2015, he began filing complaints to the prosecutor's office. The Prosecutor General’s Office has checked into his complaints several times, but found no violations in the social services office’s actions. Sergey Antipin is now one of the first in the queue, he will receive his housing as soon as he is released," the representatives of the Magnitogorsk social services office said.

Sergey Antipin is to spend the next two years in the colony.

At the same time, the city council's officials said that according to their information, the young man was a troubled youth and would often run away from the orphanage. They also added that he could have solved the problem with homelessness by finding a job. "There is no unemployment in Magnitogorsk. He might as well find a job that provides accommodation and wait for his own housing," the city council officials said.

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