State Duma Committee headed by Poklonskaya rejects Transparency International's appeal

State Duma Committee headed by Poklonskaya rejects Transparency International's appeal
Natalya Poklonskaya

Earlier, Deputy Head of the State Duma Rules Committee Mikhail Romanov noted that to avoid a conflict of interest when considering Poklonskaya's declaration, the committee would be headed by its first deputy, but the situation came to an easier resolution.

The State Duma Committee for the Control over the Reliability of Information on the Incomes of Deputies, headed by Natalya Poklonskaya in the seventh convocation of the State Duma, has decided against considering the received appeals, including the appeal filed by Transparency International about Poklonskaya herself, Interfax reports.

According to Natalya Poklonskaya, such a decision of the committee was adopted unanimously by its members at its first meeting, since all appeals "were filed in violation of order."

Previously, Transparency International's Russian office had accused the former prosecutor of Crimea of possessing an undeclared apartment in Donetsk. In total, there has been seven appeals against the committee head, the agency notes, and none of them have been considered.

To recall, in early June, the Russian branch of Transparency International published an investigation, according to which Poklonskaya owned an undeclared apartment in Donetsk, as well as a service apartment in Simferopol, which she was granted when serving as the Crimean Prosecutor.

Poklonskaya denied this information, saying that she did not have an apartment in Donetsk, and sent a request to Prosecutor General of Russia Yury Chaika, FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov, and Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Aleksandr Bastrykin to check Transparency International. In July, Poklonskaya said she received a positive response from the Prosecutor General's Office about the inspection; at a meeting with journalists yesterday, she noted that the ICR was also already conducting pre-investigation checks on the libel allegations against her as a representative of state power, as well as on the forgery of documents for the apartment allegedly owned by her.

Earlier, the State Duma deputy said that representatives of Transparency International's Russian office had distributed fake documents on her right of ownership of the apartment in Donetsk. According to the parliamentarian, the investigators, who accused her of undeclared 29.9 square meters of real estate, have published documents with a forged identification code and other incorrect data.

To recall, the conflict between the head of the Duma committee and the Russian branch of Transparency broke out after Natalya Poklonskaya proposed to held an anti-corruption check of the organization. In response, Deputy Head of the organization Ilya Shumanov promised to launch an investigation against Poklonskaya herself.

After the investigation into the Donetsk apartment was published, Deputy Head of the State Duma Rules Committee Mikhail Romanov noted that to avoid a conflict of interest when considering Poklonskaya's declaration, the committee would be headed by its first deputy.

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