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German officials seize apartments of Russian MP and wife

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said on Monday they seized three apartments and a bank account belonging to a Russian lawmaker and his wife under European Union sanctions imposed because of the invasion of Ukraine.

Munich prosecutors said the Duma lawmaker and his wife – identified only as L. and K. respectively under German confidentiality rules – jointly owned two of the apartments in the Bavarian city and continued to earn money from to the rent of the properties in violation. of penalties.

They said the wife, who is registered as a resident of Munich, is also the sole owner of a third Munich apartment from which she continued to collect rent. This means that the two are suspected of violating German foreign trade law.

The seizure was ordered last week and took effect Monday, prosecutors said. People living in the apartments are allowed to stay, but they are no longer allowed to pay rent to the legislator and his wife; payments must be filed with the Munich District Court.

The seized bank account receives monthly rents of about 3,500 euros ($3,670), according to prosecutors.

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