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Chairman of the State Duma committee for deputy ethics Vladimir Pekhtin possesses the real estate in the United States, founder of the fund for the struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny claimed. He made public the notes from the registers of the counties Miami Dade and Duval in the US state Florida, in which Pekhtin was named as a co-owner of a flat in the condominium Flamingo South Beach (the purchase price in 2007 was 540,000 dollars) and the land plot (purchased for 120,000 dollars in 2005, the investments in the house and the swimming pool made another 290,000 dollars), the Vedomosti daily reported. The second co-owner is Alexei Pekhtin, who is the son of the deputy. Pekhtin the Sr. was the co-owner of another flat in the residential area 1500 Ocean Drive in the Miami Dade County. He purchased this flat together with his son Alexei for 1.275 million dollars in April 2012, but gifted his share to his son in late December 2012.
United Russia deputy Pekhtin did not put either of these three real estate sites in the property declarations, which he filed as a candidate for deputy in 2007 and 2011 and as a deputy in 2010 and 2011.
“We cannot expel him from the State Duma or imprison him, but we want to fix the fact that Pekhtin violated the law, not putting these real estate sites in the property declaration,” Navalny stated. He asked the Prosecutor General’s Office and State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin to check the foresaid information and property declarations of Pekhtin and asked Chairman of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev and the presidium of the United Russia General Council to expel Pekhtin from the party. Navalny recalled that Medvedev initiated a tougher control over the declarations of the deputies.
Pekhtin noted that he has no foreign real estate, his son is 35 years old and lives in the United States since 1998, runs his own business and really possesses several flats with his wife. Pekhtin the Sr. did not rule out that his son could fill in some documents, which required to mention the inheritors or close relatives that is to say the parents in the processing of the documents.
The Pekhtin family already faced some questions of their real estate. In September 2012 A Just Russia member Dmitry Gudkov urged to report an income source for the purchase of eight land plots at the cadastral cost of about 71 million roubles and a manifold higher market cost. The State Duma committee over the control for the reliability of the income declarations considered Pekhtin’s land property case and found the accusations groundless.
The Pekhtin case will be mostly like considered by the committee over the control for the reliability of the income declarations, deputy chairman of the State Duma Security Committee and a member of the foresaid committee Ernest Valeyev believes. It is to be proved that the information about Pekhtin is reliable, he already rejected the accusations, State Duma Vice-Speaker from United Russia Sergei Zheleznyak stated.
No sanctions are envisaged for false declarations, particularly for the fact of not putting some real estate sites on the property declaration, deputy director of Transparency International Russia Ivan Ninenko recalled to the Vedomosti daily.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he is unaware about Navalny’s materials and does not follow his activities. If some convincing materials over undeclared property of the deputies are exposed, this will certainly give the grounds for an inquiry, he pledged, but if these materials are almost a canard, there will be no inquiry.