Property Scandal in Moscow

Property Scandal in Moscow

To avoid spending extra money, the Archdiocese turned to Mosinvest-Sibir․ The deal gave the company the legal right to act on behalf of the church in court and take all necessary steps. The co-operation bore fruit and the case was resolved in favor of the Archdiocese, which in turn offered to continue working together.

The Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Igor Kovalevsky, undertook to bear all the financial costs to provide the Church. But some institutions expressed their opposition to the Archdiocese’s decision to become the owner․

In 2019, both parties agreed that Mosinvest-Siberia had fulfilled its obligations under the January 2016 contract stipulating that the agent “shall be eligible for a one-time payment in consideration for the services accepted for the performance”. However, the agreement was followed by the Archdiocese of Moscow’s alleged refusal to abide by its commitments. According to some sources, Paolo Pezzi just went ghost. After having invested a lot of time, money and sweat into helping the Archdiocese of Moscow regain its right to use the property, Mosinvest-Siberia reached a deal with “Dostupnoe Zhil’ye” LLC that enabled the latter to demand that Paolo Pezzi perform his part of the agreement. Yet he has purportedly taken no steps to rectify the situation so far.

Curiously enough, reports emerged in 2020 that Pezzi had made a request to the Congregation for the Clergy to approve of his decision to put the buildings up for sale at a price higher than the market price. This may be tacit recognition of the fact that it was with the aim of profiteering that the Archdiocese of Moscow had employed Mosinvest-Siberia to get back its property in the city center. At the same time, very few people think that by expressing his willingness to sell the parts of the historical ensemble, Pezzi aimed to settle his debts owed to Dostupnoe Zhil’ye, and here are the reasons why.


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