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Land title for Moscow FSB head's mansion shifts from his name to ‘Russian Federation’ after investigations by Ivan Golunov and other journalists

The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) unexpectedly altered its listing for a mansion known to belong to Alexey Dorofeyev, the head of the FSB’s division for Moscow and the Moscow region. The change followed a report from three investigative outlets and anti-corruption nonprofits that used the federal registry to track high-ranking FSB officials’ real estate ownership.

Journalists at Novaya Gazeta and Sobesednik noticed that the building, which is located in the elite cottage neighborhood of “Lesnaya Bukhta” (Forest Cove), is now listed as the property of “the Russian Federation,” but its registration number and the date of its title remain the same.

Another plot in Lesnaya Bukhta that belongs to the family of Dorofeyev aide Marat Medoev is also now listed as the property of the Russian Federation. Each mansion is estimated to cost at least 65 million rubles ($1.03 million).

Both Dorofeyev and Medoev play prominent roles in an investigation by Meduza correspondent Ivan Golunov, who was arrested on fabricated drug charges just hours after he submitted a draft of the report to his editor. It is now forthcoming in Russian and English.

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