Alexander Bastrykin holds a personal reception session on issues of protection of housing rights of citizens

The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia held a video-conference reception of citizens. It was attended by the First Deputy and Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee Eduard Kaburneev and Sergey Goryaynov, heads of the Central Office divisions, as well as heads and employees of investigative departments processing criminal inquiries and probe materials that drew the attention of the Chairman. During the reception Alexander Bastrykin listened to complainants from Moscow, Leningrad and Krasnodar Regions on the issue of violation of their housing rights.

Alexander Bastrykin has repeatedly drawn attention to the problems of protecting the rights of shared construction participants, who often cannot get housing for years for one reason or another. At the same time, he noted that the most problematic subjects are the Moscow and Leningrad regions.

Thus, the applicants from the Moscow region, who appealed to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, are participants in the shared construction of the Pushkar housing estate, the houses of which have not yet been commissioned, although it was planned to be done back in 2018. In total, the actions of unscrupulous developer affected more than 300 people, and the total amount of damage caused by them amounted to about 800 million rubles. A criminal case of fraud is being investigated by the internal affairs bodies of the Russian Federation. However, the investigative agencies of the Investigative Committee of Russia conducted an initial inquiry into the officials of Pushkin municipal district, but so far criminal charges have not been pressed. Alexander Bastrykin heavily criticized the performance of his subordinates. The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia appointed an official assessment with following management decisions regarding a number of officers of the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for Moscow Region, including the head of Pushkino Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia Sergey Pyatov, who was criticized by Alexander Bastrykin for delaying the time frame for making a decision to investigate the criminal case.

The situation in the Leningrad Region also remains difficult. The deceived shareholders of Residential Complex "Materik" and Residential Complex "Northern Waltz", located in Vsevolozhsk district of Leningrad region, the developer of which is LLC "Petrostroy" appealed to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia with a request for protection. The criminal case on the fact of fraud with funds of participants of the shared construction is investigated by the police. Along with that, the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Leningrad region is investigating criminal cases against officials of regulatory authorities in the field of shared construction. Thus, four criminal cases are pending against officials of the Committee of State Construction Supervision and State Expertise of the Leningrad region, including related to corruption. Also, 7 criminal cases were initiated against intermediaries and bribe takers. As a result of the measures taken, the investigative directorate sent a presentation to the governor of the Leningrad Region, upon which three officers of the committee were dismissed. In addition, the functions of control of the Committee of State Construction Supervision and State Expertise of the Leningrad region were transferred to another deputy chairman of the Government of the Leningrad region. Alexander Bastrykin ordered in a short time to send the above criminal cases against officials to court, as well as to further report on the situation with the problematic objects in the Leningrad Region to address the issue of taking additional measures to restore the rights of participants of shared construction.

The applicants from the Krasnodar region are participants in the construction of the residential complex "On Magistralnaya". According to citizens, during the period from September 2017 to March 2020, representatives of the developer firm stole money from them in the amount of more than 300 million rubles. The total number of deceived shareholders was about 600 people. The citizens are convinced that officials of the Krasnodar and Krasnodar Krai administrations are improperly supervising the construction of the house. Earlier, a criminal case under Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud), which was also connected with a criminal case of tax evasion against the management of SK Megapolis LLC, was transferred to the investigative authorities of the Investigative Committee of Russia from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. But the complainants are dissatisfied with the timing of the investigation and believe that it has been unreasonably prolonged. Alexander Bastrykin ordered to complete investigation of the probe into fraud in the shortest possible time.

Following the reception of citizens, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia once again drew attention to his instruction - to promptly send all of the above criminal cases to court and to the need to provide legal assessment of the actions and inaction of officials of local governments and supervisory authorities. He added that the deceived shareholders are in a difficult situation, and it is necessary to take joint efforts to restore their rights through all possible measures.