The Supreme Court of Chechnya overturned the decision of the district court to write off the debts of the population for gas in the amount of 9 billion rubles.
At the same time, the Chechen authorities are planning to continue the work on settling bad debts. Currently, the court ordered the gas supplier to comply with the federal law on accounting and reporting.
At the end of October 2018, the Chechen prosecutor’s office filed a lawsuit against Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Grozny. As part of the prosecutor’s check, it was found that the total amount of debt of the population of the republic for gas is 13.5 billion rubles, and 9.2-9.4 billion rubles of this amount represent debts with a term of more than three years, and the lawsuits expired limitation. In previous years, local courts refused Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Grozny to satisfy 1989 claims for 110 million rubles. in connection with the expiration of the statute of limitations.
The prosecutor’s office in Chechnya justified its intention to write off debts with the “interests of the Russian Federation”, since due to massive attempts to collect these debts, protest actions of the population may occur, which can be used by destructive forces to destabilize the situation in the region. ”
Already on December 20, the Zavodskaya District Court upheld the claim, obliging Gazprom to write off debts with a statute of limitations of more than three years. The Prosecutor General’s Office initiated a check of the Chechen prosecutor’s office and separately indicated that the regional office cannot interfere in the operational and economic activities.
Lawyers say that local authorities have no special options. They will have to either negotiate a settlement agreement with Gazprom, or pay their debts.
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