Robbers attack Krasnoyarsk governor and his wife at their French villa
Lev Kuznetsov, the head of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, has been robbed and injured in France: two unidentified men entered the governor's villa, wounded him with a traumatic pistol and stole jewellery worth 200 thousand Euros, ITAR-TASS reports.
French media were the first to report the incident, which occurred in the French town of Antibes. Two unidentified men broke down the door and burst in to the governor’s villa. Armed with traumatic weapons, tear gas canisters and a baton, the criminals attacked the owners and stole the €200,000 of jewellery that was in the house. Kuznetsov tried to stand up to the burglars, but was "slightly injured by a traumatic weapon shot to his side."
Stella Alexeyeva, spokesperson for the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, explained to news agency ITAR-TASS that “the incident reported in the French media corresponds to the facts. The governor was on a short holiday when this mishap occurred. Lev and his wife feel well; the governor has already returned to Krasnoyarsk to participate in an event marking the start of construction on the Kuyumba-Tayshet long-distance oil pipeline.”
Police in the French city of Nice have started an investigation.
According to official information, Kuznetsov declared an income of 54,830,000 roubles ($1.67m) in 2012. In addition, he owns an a wide range of property in France: a 109m2 apartment, three garages and a 180m2 house on a 3385m2 plot of land in joint ownership with his wife. In Russia, the governor owns a 536.6m2 house, 1.5 hectares of land, a 175.6 m2 flat and two garages. He also has use of a 760m2 official apartment.