Russian Prosecutor General's Office opposes writing off gas debts of Chechen residents

Russian Prosecutor General's Office opposes writing off gas debts of Chechen residents

The supervisory authority found the judicial recourse unreasonable and launched a service probe.

The prosecutor's office of Chechnya must support the appeal of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Grozny LLC, which challenged the decision of the local Zavodskoy District Court to write off 9 billion rubles ($ 136 million) of the debts the Chechen residents owe to the company. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation gave this order in addition to launching an internal probe regarding the actions of the Chechnya’s deputy prosecutor general. The latter was the one to file the relevant claim in the first place.

“In accordance with current legislation, the expiration of the statutes of limitation is not the only condition for writing off receivables. Such debt is subject to cancellation only if it is deemed hopeless for collection. The hopelessness is determined independently by the economic entity [creditor],” the General Prosecutor’s Office explained.

“The prosecutor’s office should express the interests of the least protected members of our society,” the Chechen minister for national policy Dzhambulat Umarov objected.

The decision to write off the gas debts of Chechen residents from January 1, 2007 to September 30, 2015, was issued by the court on January 18. Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Grozny filed an appeal.

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