4-year grandson of Russian election official buys $7 mln property – AFC

Artur, a grandson of Russian Central Election Commission member Boris Ebzeyev, purchased an apartment in downtown Moscow. The property with an area of 274 m2 had a $7 mln price tag.

Artur Ebzeyev became the owner of it in 2009, when he was at the age of 4, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) led by opposition leader Alexei Navalny states.

According to the ACF, the small boy ‘bought’ the apartment in his name, it did not come as a gift from his grandfather. However, at that moment, his grandfather and father (the latter worked at the Pension Fund) could not boast of high incomes – at least, officially.

When Artur Ebzeyev turned seven, he sold the apartment to an offshore company located in the British Virgin Islands. The money went to the purchase of a mansion in Rublyovka, a prestigious residential area in the western suburbs of Moscow.

In 1991-2008, Boris Ebzeyev was a judge of the Constitutional Court. Then he was Head of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. In 2013-2016, the official was Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission. In 2016, he became a member of the Central Election Commission; a year later, Ebzeyev presented a draft refusal to register Alexei Navalny as a presidential candidate.

The ACF is at the forefront of the current protests against barring independent candidates from running for seats in the Moscow City Duma. On July 24, the riot police arrested Alexei Navalny over his call on Muscovites to take part in the unauthorised rally on July, 27. The politician has to spend 30 days in jail.

On July 28, Navalny was taken to hospital due to a ‘severe allergic reaction’. Physician Anastasia Vasilyeva, who earlier treated Navalny, does not rule out that ‘toxic damage’ to the skin and mucous membranes was caused by an unknown chemical substance and is the result of the action of a third person.

In early August, Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over laundering a billion Russian rubles (about $ 15.4 mln). According to the investigators, in 2016-2018, a number of persons ‘relating to the activities of the NGO Anti-Corruption Foundation, including its employees’, received money from third parties. The Russian authorities have blocked the accounts of the ACF, as well as over 100 accounts belonging to individuals and entities.

The authorities’ actions are nothing but politically motivated retaliatory measures, the foundation stressed.

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