COURT RETURNS TO R.F. OWNERSHIP LAND AND BUILDING THAT JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DONATED TO SWEDISH COMPANY
Interfax-Religiia, 21 February 2019
The Biisk city court in Altai territory ruled to be invalid a deal of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses alienating real estate that was subject to transfer to ownership by Russia, the press center of the regional prosecutor's office reported on Thursday.
"In 2017, after the adoption of a decision concerning the liquidation of the organization 'Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia,' regional structures also were subject to closure and their property to conversion to the property of Russia. However the religious organization of Biisk transferred to a legal entity from Sweden, within the framework of an agreement of donation, a nonresidential building with an area of more than 200 square meters and a parcel of land on Ilia Repin St. in Biisk," the report says.
It is noted that the prosecutor's office considered the deal to be imaginary, inasmuch as the use of the property did not change and the building and land under it were not actually transferred to the possession of the new owners.
"The deal was concluded in order to make it impossible to convert the property to the ownership of the Russian Federation. The prosecutor's office filed a suit in the Biisk city court to find the deal invalid. It was considered and granted," the report emphasized.
By decision of the Biisk city court, the building and land were converted into the property of Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 21 February 2019)
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