Russian Lawmaker Behind Anti-Graft Drive Faces Property Scandal

A top anti-corruption lawmaker from Russia’s ruling party is denying impropriety after accusations that her family hid ownership of a luxury property in Moscow.

Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma’s security and anti-corruption committee, is living in an apartment worth at least $2 million, according to a blog posting yesterday by activist Alexey Navalny and a report in the New Times magazine. The property was bought in 2006 and registered in the name of Yarovaya’s daughter, who was 17 at the time, the New Times said. The asset wasn’t included on the lawmaker’s official income and property declaration, it said.

Yarovaya didn’t violate any law because declaring property owned by underage children has only been a requirement since 2011, Konstantin Mazurevsky, a senior member of the governing United Russia party, said in a statement on its website.

The real estate controversy is the second corruption scandal for United Russia in less than a month. Vladimir Pekhtin Feb. 20 gave up his seat and resigned as chairman of the Duma’s ethics committee after bloggers published documents showing he owned luxury property in Florida.

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