Investigative Committee Chairman orders check into circumstances of withdrawing land owned by Aleksei Batalov’s family

On 16 March, a federal TV channel showed a story about violation of rights of the USSR people’s Artist Aleksei Batalov due to illegal confiscation of a part of property owned by his family. The story suggests that the actor’s dacha neighbor was involved.

The Chairman of the Investigative Committee has ordered a thorough check into the confiscation of Batalov’s property and into the legality of constructing a building on it. Investigators are also going to give legal assessment to actions of officials responsible for enforcing court decisions.

The Moscow Directorate of the Investigative Committee has been charged with running a check following which a procedural decision will be made.

Acting Head of Media Relations                                                                                                                  S.L. Petrenko