The former deputy mayor of Moscow owns 13 apartments in Prague, according to the Czech Ministry of Finance

The family of State Duma deputy Vladimir Resin, who had served as first deputy to Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov for 20 years, owns 13 apartments in Prague worth more than 100 million crowns, Czech TV reports citing the Financial Analysis Bureau of the Czech Ministry of Finance.

The politician’s family bought the last two apartments in March 2022, after the start of the war in Ukraine.

“All apartments are located in a newly built complex in Zličín. They are registered with Contract Services, a company run by Resin’s grandson, who has permanent residence in Israel. Resin’s daughter and son-in-law control all of his assets. The company also owns a three hundred square meter apartment in Vršovice, where its headquarters are located. However, according to neighbors, owners rarely visit the premises,” the report said.

Resin oversaw the construction industry in Moscow throughout Luzhkov’s tenure as mayor. architectural criticism of the Kommersant The newspaper Grigory Revzin described Resin’s prospects as follows: “In 2000, I went on a gondola ride with Resin in Venice, and he said, ‘Look, the masonry is crumbling, if only they would let Mospromstroy do it. business here, we would build a modern city.”

After Luzhkov resigned “due to loss of confidence” in September 2010, Resin worked for a month as acting mayor of Moscow. Under the new mayor, Sergueï Sobianine Résine remained in his old position – first deputy mayor for construction – for another year. After that, Resin was elected to the State Duma.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) job a video about Resin’s real estate in Prague in the fall of 2021. “The 11 apartments owned by Resin’s family in Prague were worth 147 million rubles at the time of purchase,” the investigators said.

Czech authorities became interested in property belonging to Resin and others on the sanctions lists, after the start of the war in Ukraine.

The Czech Republic is already preparing new laws that would allow the confiscation of the property of sanctioned Russians, according to Czech television. This is also a request made by Ukraine.

“Freezing all Russian assets is a way to create a special fund to restore the Ukrainian economy, it’s a way to help us,” said Maria Kovakova, the Ukrainian government’s expert on European integration, quoted by the television channel.

On May 27, Leonid Slutsky was appointed as the new leader of the LDPR party. Medouza reported in 2018 that “Leonid Slutsky’s career is tied” to Resin.

“Their close relationship has generated rumors in the Duma that Slutsky is Resin’s illegitimate son. According to an acquaintance, the deputy does not speak of his father even with members of his entourage, but calls Resine “dad” in private conversations”, specify the investigators.

Berta D. Wells