Voices from Russia

Monday, 18 January 2010

18 January 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Coppers Nicked the Cat

The Coppers Nicked the Cat

Sergei Yolkin



Officers of the court in a suburb of Kemerovo “arrested” a five-month kitten named “Sphinx” because its owners owed 15,000 roubles (506 USD 351 Euros 309 UK Pounds) for housing and communal services. The court bailiff previously assessed the kitten at 1,000 roubles (34 USD 23 Euros 21 UK Pounds). If the owner does not pay the debt, the animal will be sold. “Bailiffs have described (in repayment of debt) a cat and household appliances. The detainee was left in the custody of the pet owner”. Animals are assets that can be seized for the debts of the owners in other regions of Russia, as well. Bailiffs in Petrozavodsk took Maika the cow, Zorka the horse, and Yasha the calf in repayment of a debt of 26,000 roubles (877 USD 609 Euros 536 UK Pounds). In Primorye, an owner was deprived of their pedigree Persian cat to satisfy their debts. This method of collecting debts has been very effective, for instance, the owner of the cat settled with the creditors on the same day.

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