The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia has instructed to conduct a comprehensive and impartial probe into a violation of the housing rights in Novosibirsk Region broadcast about by a federal TV channel. There was a report about a disadvantaged family with a severely ill child forced to live in a substandard shack. Moreover, one of the parents has recently started fighting cancer. Lately, the ceiling of one of the shack’s rooms collapsed; the tenants have propped it with a wooden bar. The premise is damp at all times; there are holes in the walls and multiple foci of mold. The shack has never been renovated, which is why the tenants worry about their lives. Nevertheless, local authorities have refused to recognize the emergency state of the house and to relocate the residents into proper premises. The only alternative option presented to the family is an apartment in a neighboring house, the state of which is very similar to the previous one. At the same time, the disadvantaged family has the right to be granted a new apartment but has not been included in the waiting list for proper housing still.
The Novosibirsk Regional Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia immediately launched a preliminary inquiry into the fact of the housing rights violation.
The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia instructed to thoroughly check the information reported by the journalists and to give a legal assessment to all the circumstances that could cause the citizens’ rights violation. Alexander Bastrykin instructed the Central Office of the Investigative Committee to supervise the process and the results of the probe.
Official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Russia S. Petrenko