For a year now, the former military prosecutor and General Alexander Morin has been knocking on the thresholds of the capital’s courts, trying to return the property seized as part of his corruption criminal case. Several houses, land and non-residential premises will remain under this measure, providing for the possible recovery of a fine or settlement of a civil claim. For more than two years, the investigation into the circumstances of receiving a particularly large bribe has been going on, which Morina is charged with. The retired lieutenant general has already filed several complaints against decisions to seize property, which he considers illegal and unreasonable. He allegedly acquired the property 18 years ago, being the head of the Department of the Ministry of Justice. The Prosecutor General’s Office has already checked these transactions and found nothing reprehensible in them.
According to Morin, the arguments of the investigation that these transactions are fictitious are unconvincing. The city court, however, considered Morin’s arguments untenable, and only confirm the correctness of the district court’s conclusions. A couple of months ago, the defendant tried to remove encumbrances from a Moscow apartment owned by his brother’s wife. His lawyer tried to prove in the appeal that someone else’s property cannot materially support the criminal case on a bribe, especially since the apartment was not bought with criminal funds. It will not be possible to confiscate the apartment in any case, also because the woman got it after the conclusion of a marriage contract for the assignment of claims. To this, the court noted that no one was evicting the hostess, but the restrictions would not be lifted, because crimes were committed in this apartment, because of which the dwelling had undergone significant improvements.
Maureen came under criminal prosecution in 2020. Then one of his subordinates wrote to the Ministry of Defense a complaint about abuse. The applicant alleged that the partner construction company GVSU-7 had carried out a major renovation of his brother’s apartment. For this, the company received significant advantages in the distribution of construction subcontracts for state defense orders. Morin was immediately removed from his post and dismissed by order of the secretary of state of the ministry. And three months later, he was also accused of abuse in fulfilling the state defense order for mercenary motives and taking a bribe on an especially large scale in the form of property. It is unclear when the investigation will end. However, its term was extended to 30 months.