The real estate registry has been the investigative journalist’s most important tool for the past decade. Previously, it worked like this: a journalist finds court decisions or some other documents with cadastral numbers of land plots, opens the Rosreestr website, access to which is not very expensive, and orders an extract for the desired object. It was possible to order extracts in batches – this is how the “Protocol” wrote out, for example, the entire Music Neighborhood Krasnodar. Often I had to look for cadastral numbers on a public cadastral map: copying the cadastral numbers of houses and land plots, which even from space look like the houses of Russian officials, as in the case of the former mayor of Gelendzhik Viktor Khrestin, or look like an urban planning crime, as in the case of the same Musical .
Further, if you are lucky to find what you are looking for, search in other databases, compare dates, documents, news. All this was absolutely legal, although often not easy. From March 1, 2023, Rosreestr closed access to personal data of property owners. Now, the statement of ownership of a land plot or house says that it belongs to an individual or legal entity – the names and names of firms are no longer seen here. There are many different aggregators of all kinds of data leaks: personal data, delivery addresses, flights, and much more. But this is not a replacement for the real estate registry. And here we come to the main question: how to find what is now hidden by the state from prying eyes, but may be of public interest. Let’s look at the example of our investigation “Tkachev and Tkachev”.
For various reasons, we will not disclose exactly how, through whom and through which platforms you can acquire the necessary information. Prices in the breakout market are constantly changing depending on different inputs. For access to the source codes that were necessary for the release of the third part of the investigation about the Tkachev family, we spent only 4,500 rubles. This is data on real estate of relatives of the ex-governor of the Krasnodar Territory and the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Alexandra Tkacheva.
The most interesting of them is the daughter of the ex-governor Tatyana Batalova and his niece, daughter of State Duma deputy Alexei Tkachev Anastasia Crutley. According to the Protocol, two cousins own real estate worth about five billion rubles. The Protocol told about this in the third film about the Tkachev family. But from the documents that we managed to get, much more conclusions can be drawn: the total area of land and premises that the sisters have ever owned, their total cadastral value – all this is there.
Each sister in the field
During the entire life of 35-year-old Anastasia Crutley, according to the document that we managed to get, she owned (and some still own) about 330 land plots. Their total area is nine square kilometers. The first real estate of the deputy’s daughter appeared in 2005, when Anastasia Krattley was barely 17 years old. Probably the apartment on Dimitrova Street in Krasnodar, not far from the “Kuban State University”, with an area of almost 160 square meters, the deputy’s niece needed during her studies at the university – she graduated in 2010. Anastasia Krattli sold this apartment in 2021.
The deputy’s daughter has been studying at the university for three years, and in 2008, at the age of 20, she receives ownership of almost two square kilometers of land for agricultural production. This site, apparently, was located near Krasnodar – in the village of Novotitarovskaya. The documents and the cadastral map say that he was “within the boundaries of CJSC Niva”. This enterprise was registered in 1992 on the basis of the former Kalinin collective farm.
locals wrote in 2012 that Anastasia Krattley (then she was Tkacheva) was involved in a scam with the lands of this enterprise.
The main organizers of the fraud were called the Tsanev family. The head of the family Nikolai Tsanev, previously held significant senior positions in the ATC system of the Krasnodar Regional Executive Committee. As part of dubious transactions with land plots of Niva CJSC, fraudulent contracts were allegedly used, implying “kickbacks” by Tkachev in exchange for favors to the schemers who bankrupted the company. Local residents held a picket demanding the return of their land. One way or another, after a year of ownership of this site, Anastasia Crutley got rid of it.
We have not been able to find out what happened to this site. Its coordinates and borders are not indicated on the cadastral map, we do not even know for sure where it is located. But here’s what you should pay attention to. The 24-year-old daughter of deputy Alexei Tkachev, Anastasia Krattli, in 2012 acquired 233 agricultural land plots in the village of Starokorsunskaya. The total area of possessions is more than 17.5 hectares. Over the next year, 2013, Anastasia Kratli acquired another 3.3 hectares in Starokorsunskaya. This is even more than fifty land plots. Both in the document with a list of property objects of the daughter of a State Duma deputy, which Protocol managed to get, and on the public cadastral map, instead of Niva, the name of another company appears – CJSC Niva-1. Such a company was registered in Starokorsunskaya in 2003 and liquidated in 2011. Most likely, these are also the lands of the former Kalinin collective farm.
According to the Google Earth service, at the time of the acquisition of this land by Anastasia Krattli, there were fields here. These are the sections between Lenin’s farm and the village of Starokorsunskaya near Krasnodar. Now all this is the land of settlements. The first houses appear here in 2012.
Now there are already many private households here. On the same territory there is a cottage village “Victoria”. In 2018, local residents protested against the clearing of the forest belt. Through her, the non-profit gardening partnership “Pribrezhny”, which was headed by the brother of Anastasia Krattley Nikolai Tkachev, led the way to their territory. We told this story in the second film about the Tkachevs.
Anastasia Kratli began to sell the lands of the former Kalinin collective farm towards the end of the tenths. In 2019, she sold nine plots of about 0.7 hectares. Their total cadastral value is more than eight million rubles. A year later, the deputy’s daughter sold seven more plots of almost 0.5 hectares, the total cadastral value of which is almost seven million rubles.
Most of the former fields were sold by Anastasia Krattli in 2021. From February to December, the deputy’s daughter sold 177 land plots. Their total area is almost 13.6 hectares. The total cadastral value of these plots is more than 180 million rubles.
In 2022, Crutley sold another 36 land plots from among the former lands of the Kalinin collective farm with an area of 3.8 hectares. In total, from 2019 to 2022, the deputy’s daughter sold 18.6 hectares of land, the cadastral value of which is about 195 million rubles.
The first real estate at the cousin of Anastasia Krattli, daughter of the former minister, Tatyana Batalova, appeared when she was 19 years old. In 2002, she purchased a small apartment on Komsomolskaya Street in Krasnodar. She still owns this apartment. On October 31, 2003, a quarter of a 70-meter apartment in the village of Vyselki was registered as Batalova, but on the same day the ownership was terminated. November 14, 2007 Tatyana Batalova buys a 150-meter apartment and a parking space in Sochi. She got rid of this property in 2018. Batalova bought another apartment in Sochi in 2010 and sold it in 2019.
Unlike her cousin, Tatyana Batalova rarely gets rid of real estate. But the sale of agricultural land of former collective farms is a family matter. In 2018, the daughter of the ex-minister acquired almost 432 hectares of land in the Starominsk district of the Krasnodar Territory. “Within the boundaries of CJSC Rassvet,” says the document at the disposal of the editors. This is also a former Soviet collective farm. On February 14, 2022, Tatyana Batalova got rid of this land. On the same day, she owns a plot with a different cadastral number and an area of 227 square meters less, but still “within the boundaries of CJSC Rassvet”. Batalova sold this land in January 2023. The current cadastral value of this site is more than 56.5 million rubles. Most likely, these were the same agricultural lands. Where exactly is this land “Protocol” failed to find out. There are no coordinates and boundaries on the cadastral map, and the cadastral number itself, most likely, has been changed.
Despite the fact that the state consistently destroys databases under the guise of protecting the personal data of property owners, the analysis and study of data on real estate transactions remain important tools in identifying possible corruption schemes and abuses. We have to find ways to acquire and analyze data. Looking at specific examples of real estate transactions, we see that they can be of significant public importance, especially when it comes to relatives of influential political figures.
This material demonstrates that even under such conditions, we can still search for and document facts. Talk about what people in power are trying to hide from us. The total cadastral value of all land plots and premises that once belonged, or belong to Anastasia Krattli and Tatyana Batalova, is more than 20 billion rubles. When calculating, it is difficult to understand which of the plots of ownership were transferred from the sisters under a sale and purchase agreement, and which simply changed cadastral numbers due to the division of large plots into smaller ones. But this is unlikely to seriously affect the accuracy of determining the price, because the cadastral value is usually several times lower than the market value.