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The prosecutor’s office of the Tver region will check the situation with the veteran-burnt-out from Vyshny Volochok, who for 15 years has not been able to get him a new home to replace the apartment that burned down in 2004.
“During the audit, an assessment will be made of the implementation by local governments of federal legislation, while observing the legal guarantees of social protection of the veteran, including the legality of refusals to provide housing,” the supervisory agency explained to RT.
The regional prosecutor’s office also promised to take action if it turns out that the man’s rights were indeed violated.
Earlier, RT talked about the veteran of the first Chechen war Sergei Trunov, who is refused to give an apartment despite the fact that in 2004 the man’s only house burned down.
Sergei fought in Chechnya in 1995 and 1996, but when he was dismissed from the police, where he served during these business trips, he did not receive any certificates confirming his stay in the hot spot.
In 2004, a fire broke out in the barracks, where Trunov was given an apartment when he was serving in law enforcement agencies. The Ministry of Emergency Situations declared the house unfit for living. Since then, Trunov has lived in rented apartments and pays half of his salary for the security guard. In an interview with RT, the veteran admitted that sometimes he has to survive on 3-4 thousand rubles a month.
After the fire, Sergei found out that, according to the law, he, as a participant in hostilities, could be provided with new housing – all that was required was to obtain a veteran’s certificate. However, it was impossible to do this without certificates confirming Trunov’s business trips to Chechnya.
Only in 2015, Sergey managed to get the missing documents – his acquaintance Tamara Pochatkova helped with this man. As a result, Trunov was nevertheless issued a certificate – at that time, almost 20 years had passed since his business trips to hot spots.
However, this was not enough for Sergei to be given an apartment. The Vyshny Volochok administration told the veteran that in order to receive a subsidy or cash payment for the purchase of housing at the expense of the federal budget, he had to receive veteran status no later than 2005.
Subsequently, the position of local officials was confirmed by the court, where, in despair, the veteran turned. Sergei, who was “late” in obtaining the status of a combatant, was ordered to queue up for an apartment as a fire victim. But even then there was no talk of getting his own living space – according to Trunov, he was offered six square meters in a hostel “with bugs and cockroaches.” He refused.
After Sergei Trunov turned to the Not One on One project for help, RT sent a request about the situation with the veteran to the government of the Tver region. Local authorities assured that the administration of Vyshny Volochyok “took control” of the issue of providing housing to Trunov and “is working out options for solving his housing problem.”
The press service of the government of the Tver region said that Sergei had been in line to improve housing conditions since 1995, and in 2015, after the courts and numerous complaints, the veteran was transferred to a privileged queue. Now Sergey is ranked twenty-second in line for housing. At the same time, according to the regional government, the status of a war veteran in itself does not give Trunov the right to receive an apartment.
“Status [ветерана] the citizen issued after 01.01.2005 – in August 2015. In accordance with the Federal Law of 12.01.1995 “On Veterans”, housing is provided for veterans and disabled combatants who have registered and received a preferential status before 01.01.2005. Citizens of this category registered after 01.01.2005 are provided with housing in accordance with the housing legislation of the Russian Federation, ”the press service explained.
Sergei’s confidant Tamara Pochatkova, in an interview with RT, expressed doubts about the fact that Trunov would be given an apartment without the intervention of supervisory authorities or federal authorities – according to her, there is no free housing on the balance sheet of the Vyshny Volochok administration, and there is nowhere to settle the veteran-fire victim.
“We, of course, hope that as a result of the prosecutor’s check, justice will finally prevail in the story with Sergei. It is not correct that a combat veteran is offered six square meters in a hostel. Let’s hope that Sergei will still get a decent home, “Pochatkova said.
RT will continue to follow the further fate of Sergei Trunov.