10:26 May. 2, 2016
Russian intelligence community is pushing draft legislation to curb access to personal information in public real-estate records
Peculiar things are afoot with senior Russian officials and their relatives tied to pricey real estate: Their information keeps disappearing from public property records.
Kremlin foes, journalists, and anticorruption activists in recent months have uncovered evidence that entries in the official federal real-estate database have been quietly edited, in some cases obscuring ownership of expensive properties thought to be controlled by members of Russia's political elite.
Moreover, the Russian intelligence community is pushing draft legislation that would curb access to personal information in public real-estate records, thus shielding these details from inquisitive journalists and the broader public.
Evidence of the alleged manipulation of property documents has emerged at a time of heightened scrutiny of the wealth of Russia's ruling class, particularly following the massive dump of incriminating data on offshore holdings contained in what have been dubbed the Panama Papers. Full story