MIA General Yakunin's flat appears to be resold twice before privatization
The luxurious apartment estimated at 200 million rubles, which the General's family received from the Moscow authorities and privatized, appears to have a suspicious history.
The elite two-bedroom apartment in a luxury club house on Ostozhenka Street, owned by the head of MIA operational management, has long been the center of attention for the media. The main reason for that is its price — the real estate in this most expensive Moscow district is estimated at 200 million rubles, which is quite a sum for a family with the total annual income of 6.7 million.
In 2012, the Moscow Mayor's Office granted General Yakunin an apartment in the Ostozhenka 11 residential complex under the contract of social rent. At that time, Yakunin moved to the capital from Novgorod, taking the office of Vladimir Kolokoltsev, who became the Minister of Internal Affairs. Later the apartment was privatized and became the property of the general's family.
Life conducted its own investigation and established that real estate had a tricky history. Since the time the luxury house in Ostozhenka was constructed, the apartment was involved in a series of scams, scandals, and trials.
At first glance, the documents for the apartment give no grounds for suspicion. In 2007, Austrian builder Strabag, with consent of the city authorities, passed the agreed share of the house to the Department of Investment Construction Programs (DIPS) of the Moscow Government in the form of a three-room apartment № 36, with a total area of 142 sq. m. on the fifth floor of a luxury house. DIPS used the apartments obtained from the builder for sale at the market price, or to improve the living conditions of distinguished Muscovites. By order of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the apartment was to be granted to a tennis champion of the USSR and Europe, Svetlana Parkhomenko. DIPS allocated this apartment to her in exchange for the two-story one at Kronstadt Boulevard, with extra charge in the amount of 300 thousand rubles.
Anatoly Yakunin himself does not live in the apartment — his daughter privatized it instead
When the money was transferred and the preparation of the documents began, it was established that the apartment on Ostozhenka already belonged to another person. DIPS Deputy Head Sergey Volkov decided to sell the apartment to a retired Muscovite, Yevgenia Dementieva, for 16 million rubles. The agreement for the sale was personally approved by Volkov, and Dementieva turned to be his mother-in-law. On this basis, Parkhomenko's family managed to initiate a criminal case against the official for abuse of power.
Further investigation revealed that after a short time Dementieva had decided to resell the luxury housing in the house under construction for even better price. The buyer was the director of the Moscow winery Cornet, Sergey Nikitin. Having paid Dementieva 51 million rubles in two tranches, he received two receipts in return for the said amounts and the right of claim to the apartment.
In 2011, the Moscow authorities turned to the Golovisky and Khamovniki district courts and terminated the contracts both with Parkhomenko's family and Nikitin. However, the city administration returned Nikitin only the carrying amount of property in the form of 16 million rubles.
The initiation of a criminal case had its effect on Volkov, who returned Nikitin another 5 million rubles by issuing a receipt for the remaining sum.
In the end, Volkov did not return the rest of the debt, as in 2012, the Presnensky district court in Moscow acquitted the official. The judge ruled that since the budget received more money from the sale of Dementieva's apartment than from the transfer of the apartment to Parkhomenko, there was no corpus delicti in his actions. By that time the Department of Investment Construction Programs had been officially disbanded, the official could not have exceeded his authority.
In 2013, at the request of Nikitin regarding the unpaid debt for the apartment, Volkova once again became a defendant in a criminal case — this time on charges of fraud — and was put on the wanted list. Nikitin was granted the victim status, with one of the receipts for 30 million rubles issued to the businessman by Dementieva being the proof of Volkov's guilt.
However, in July 2016, referring to prejudice of the Presnensky district court's decision, the Ostankino court of Moscow once again acquitted Volkov. Nikitin intends to appeal the verdict in the Moscow City Court.
In December 2012, the apartment, which had become the subject of litigation, was transferred by the Department of Housing Policy in Moscow to the Head of MIA General Adminstration in the capital, General Anatoly Yakunin, on the basis of social contract. In February 2013, it was privatized by Yakunin's daughter, Ekaterina. Thus, the family of the MIA general received a luxury housing free of charge, while the Moscow authorities lost an asset worth 200 million rubles.
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