: IKEA's HQ in Russia searched by Moscow police

15:52 Aug. 9, 2016

IKEA's HQ in Russia searched by Moscow police

IKEA in Moscow (AP Photo)

Law enforcement agencies say they are investigating land fraud case

Russia's law enforcement agencies are raiding IKEA's main office in the Moscow region town of Khimki because of a land dispute.

The company's press service commented for BBC that police are looking for documents on land titles as of 1993 within criminal case proceedings regarding land fraud.

"The operation is being conducted in a well-disposed environment, IKEA's employees provide assistance to the investigators", IKEA's press office stated.

This is not the first time that IKEA's headquarters has been searched by the police. In April 2016, law enforcement officers visited the company's office investigating the criminal case initiated by "Khimki" agricultural company.

The two companies' dispute regarding land property has been lasting for many years. In 2011, Khimki city administration withdrew 20 hectares of land from "Khimki" agricultural company and provided it to IKEA. The same year IKEA became the owner of the land concerned.

"Khimki" appealed that decision in 2012. However, in June 2016, the appeal was rejected by Russia's Supreme Court in favour of IKEA.



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