Court drops lawsuit to evict Georgian consulate from Moscow mansion
MOSCOW, October 18 - RAPSI, Natalia Belova. A commercial court has dropped a business center's lawsuit to evict the Georgian consular section at the Embassy of Switzerland from a Moscow downtown mansion, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
Representatives of the Swiss Embassy's Consular Department for Georgian Interests, the defendant, have failed to appear before the court.
A 1,000 square meter mansion was rented by the Georgian Embassy until 2001. The building was later rented by the Georgian Locations History Center, which subsequently purchased the mansion in an auction, and then sold the building to the Ostozhenka Business Center in 2007.
The second floor is presently occupied by the consular department for Georgian interests, which has served as a consular agency since March 4, 2009, following the break in diplomatic relations between Russia and Georgia after the August 2008 war.
The business center maintains that there are ample legal grounds for the department eviction from the building as it has failed to pay its rent and utility bills.