In the Central office of the Russian division of the retailer IKEA in Khimki (Moscow region is being searched, reports TASS with reference to the press service of the company.
A representative of IKEA, confirmed that the staff of the Investigative Committee conducted searches in the office of the company. “The company is cooperating with law enforcement,” he added, refusing further comment.
The law enforcement source also confirmed to the Agency a fact of the investigation, but could not specify what they are connected to. The source of “RIA Novosti” in law enforcement, in turn, said that the searches also involved the staff of the Investigative Committee. According to him, the office now stopped.
Life, citing eyewitness reports that the building was cordoned off and staff let into office, but not back out.
Searches at IKEA are conducted in the framework of a criminal investigation”, reported “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the Moscow dome RCDS. This is due to a dispute over land, said a lawyer for the company semen Shevchenko. According to him, militiamen look for documents in 1993 on the ground. “It all goes in the atmosphere, what I ask”, — quotes words of the lawyer “RIA Novosti”.
“Despite the fact that the initiator of a criminal case in which searches are carried out in the business centre “Khimki” is not the KSHP “Khimki”, we believe that it was due to the fact that the company was not satisfied with the decision of the courts decided to transfer the dispute in a criminal plane”, — said the lawyer Andrey Goltsblat from the law firm Goltsblat BLP, representing the interests of IKEA. He reminded that the Supreme court in June of this year recognized the right of the Swedish company for use of the land, which became the subject of a dispute with KSHP “Khimki”.
In the office of the Swedish company in Russia is being searched, not for the first time. So, in the middle of April to the Central office IKEA came to search the staff of management on fight against economic crimes of the municipal Department of internal Affairs of Moscow region. Then the company said that investigative actions are connected with attempt of capture of the land owned by IKEA. According to Shevchenko, it was about the criminal case against IKEA, initiated by the KSHP “Khimki”.
As reported by “Kommersant”, the case was initiated under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (fraud in especially large size). The dispute between IKEA and the KSHP “Khimki”, which lasts for more than 20 years, became a plot of land of 16 hectares, located near the IKEA hypermarket on the Leningrad highway. Both companies claim ownership of the site. In June, the court rejected the claim of the KSHP “Khimki” for the recovery of land, where is the Central office, standing on the side of the Swedish company.
In addition, more than six years lasted the litigation with a former partner of the company Konstantin Ponomarev. The dispute arose because of the rent IKEA his company 112 diesel power plants to provide electricity hypermarkets. In 2010, the parties reached a settlement agreement in which IKEA has paid to the businessman compensation in the amount of 25 billion rubles In may 2016, the court arrested 10 billion rubles received by the owner under the settlement agreement.
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