8 Feb 2018 13:27

Russian Prosecutor General's Office uncovers numerous violations in Rosprirodnadzor's, Rosreestr's Dagestani dept

MOSCOW. Feb 8 (Interfax) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has uncovered violations in the activity of the Dagestani branches of the Federal Service for Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor) and the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography (Rosreestr), the office said in a statement.

"A commission of the Prosecutor General's Office has uncovered numerous violations of law in the environmental oversight practices of the Rosprirodnadzor department in Dagestan," the statement said.

"About 200,000 tonnes a year of pollutants are discharged into the republic's atmosphere by stationary facilities and vehicles, and more than 100 million cubic meters of sewage water is dumped into the Caspian Sea and water mains," it said.

The commission also looked into the compliance of the Rosreestr branch in Dagestan with federal laws on the state registration of real estate.

"It was established that the department failed to properly examine deals from the legal point of view amid the unlawful assignment of real property and land, which resulted in the illegal registration of titles," the statement said.

"For the purpose of fixing the violations, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk made representations to the head of the Federal Service for Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources, Artyom Sidorov, and the head of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography, Viktoria Abramchenko, indicating the liability of the heads of the Dagestani departments of Rosprirodnadzor and Rosreestr and some other officials of relevant agencies," it said.

There are over 440 illegal landfills in Dagestan, the statement said. "For a long time, Rosprirodnadzor has not been doing enough to end the dumping of sewage into the Caspian Sea and other waters. The commission of the Prosecutor General's Office found six sites of untreated sewage dumping during the inspection period alone," it said.

This has led to the spread of diseases, the statement said.

As to the activity of Rosreest's Dagestani department, it said, "Substandard performance of department officers resulted in entries in the Uniform State Register of Property Rights and Related Transactions that legalized consciously unlawful decisions of officials who expropriated municipal property."

For instance, a department official registered the ownership of a municipal land plot in Makhachkala with a value of 100 million rubles on the basis of a forged official act and without any documents proving the applicant's right to own it.

"There are numerous cases of the illegal registration of sales and purchases of non-residential properties and land in evasion of auctions and state cadastre registration," the statement said.

The illegal reassignment of land and real estate by the Rosreestr department in Dagestan inflicted losses of over 143 million rubles, it said.

"Based on these facts, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office initiated the submission of material to investigative bodies in order to hold the culprits accountable under Article 286 [abuse of office] and 293 [negligence] of the Russian Criminal Code," the statement said.