Russian Court Rejects Claim to Kremlin

Kubarev claims to be a descendant of the Rurik dynasty, whose members included Ivan the Terrible

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The removal trucks can be sent away from the Kremlin – the courts are not about to evict the President.

A hearing on Monday morning brought a verdict in the on-going case about who owns the historic heart of Moscow and confirmed that a self-proclaimed Prince of Russia will not be moving in any time soon.

However, it seems that Valery Kubarev – who claims to be descended from the Rurik dynasty – lost his bid to return to his supposed family home on a technicality.

Too late

Judge Andrei Grechishkin did not explain the decision, representatives of the government said after the hearing that the claimants “did not prove how their rights were violated.”

During the process the government lawyers also asked the court to dismiss the case altogether as the claimant could not prove that his rights were violated. Moreover, the state claimed that Kubarev’s Princes’ Fund did not comply with the claims procedure, filing their suit later than the legally allowed three months after they found out that their rights were violated.

Family home

In the speech during the hearing Kubarev argued that the Rurik dynasty built Moscow and Kremlin, and hence the Princes Fund should use the Kremlin by right of birth.

Kubarev said that the Fund wanted to “take care” of the Kremlin, and would not use it for “business” activity, even though he could not rule out “economic” activity. Kubarev also said that that they would like to open the Kremlin to the public.

He also said that Russian president should not work in a site protected by UNESCO, because in case of any military action it would automatically become a target and could be damaged or destroyed.

Appeal is in store

After the court announced the verdict, Valery Kubarev told The Moscow News that “the decision is clear; we did not expect anything else.”

However, the self-proclaimed prince did not give up and said that they would appeal and the Fund will “keep fighting”.

Source: The Moscow News
6 December, 2010