A Muscovite accused of the largest deforestation in the Smolensk region will appear in court.

The district attorney sent to the court a criminal case for the largest illegal logging of forest plantations.

A 57-year-old businessman from the Moscow region is accused of illegal logging on a particularly large scale.

The reason for initiating a criminal case was the results of the control of the legality of deforestation in the Gagarinsky area.

It was found that in the period from 2008 to 2012, the administration of the Gagarinsky region leased 370 plots for 49 years to a local agricultural organization, which then assigned the rights to a 57-year-old resident of the Moscow region on 82 plots.

In the future, from 2011 to 2020, the accused and his accomplice cut down “legally” forests. The businessman, through the court, changed the category of land with a total area of ​​more than 4 thousand hectares. Thus, the areas of the forest fund became agricultural areas. After that, the intruder began to enter into fictitious contracts with natural and legal persons for the clearing of the land from wild plants.

However, instead, the businessman organized the felling of the entire forest of the Gagarinsky forestry, as well as in the specially protected natural zone of the protection zones and the water protection zone of the Yauzsky reservoir, which borders the Moscow region.

As a result, the businessman sold more than 170 thousand cubic meters of cut timber. m. in an amount of more than 3.3 billion. The total area of ​​logging was over 1,000 hectares, which, according to experts, is recognized as the largest in Eastern Europe.

– At the same time, it was found that on the facts of illegal logging, the pre-investigation bodies took illegal decisions to deny the initiation of a criminal case. “Thanks to the position of the prosecutor’s office alone, about 20 illegal decisions to refuse to initiate a criminal case have been overturned,” said Yulia Kazakova, senior assistant to the district attorney for media and public relations.

Now more than 1,600 plots of the accused with a market value of 7.6 billion have been confiscated by the court. The felling of forest plantations on leased land is prohibited, more than 100 lease agreements for claims initiated by the first deputy prosecutor of the area were declared invalid.

“The investigation has gathered sufficient evidence that the criminal case with the indictment approved by the prosecutor has been sent to court for consideration,” said Major Justice Natalya Kholodkova, the Senior Assistant Chief of Staff. interaction of information with the public and the media) of the Research Committee of the Russian Research Committee for the Smolensk Region.


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