Supreme Court dismisses Sakhalin ex-governor’s appeal against asset forfeiture
MOSCOW, April 19 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia has refused to review an appeal filed by Sakhalin’s ex-governor Alexander Khoroshavin against forfeiture of his and his family’s assets amounting to 1.8 billion rubles (about $32.1 million), the Sakhalin Regional Court’s press-service announced on Wednesday.
On May 20, 2016, the Yuzno-Sakhalinsk court confiscated the property belonging to Khoroshavin, his wife and son. Expensive apartments, fancy cars, money, jewelry were taken to the state based upon the facts of corruption established by investigation, according to investigators’ statement.
In August 2015, Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office filed a motion to confiscate the assets registered to Khoroshavin, his wife and son. In September of the same year, Irina Khoroshavina filed for divorce and division of property.
Investigators announced in March 2015 that Khoroshavin and several other officials were arrested for allegedly taking a $5.6 million bribe to secure a contract to build a power unit for the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk thermal plant.
President Vladimir Putin dismissed Khoroshavin from his post due to “loss of trust” in March 2015.
In April 2015, Khoroshavin was charged in another criminal case with taking a bribe of at least 15 million rubles ($226,500) for providing credits on advantageous terms to one of the local businessmen. He pleaded not guilty.
In January 2016, the third criminal case was opened against Khoroshavin. According to investigators, he took 27 million rubles ($407,800) in bribes from candidates for the positions in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Duma in 2014.