Russian apex court rejects man’s claim to Vatican

August 9th, 2012 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Supreme Court has overturned an appeal from a Russian who urged the country’s judiciary to recognise his ownership of the Vatican.

“The court has reviewed an appeal from Roman Lugovoi, who requested the establishment of Vatican inheritance and property rights. The appeal has been dismissed,” the court’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

Lugovoi had named the Pope as defendant in his claim.

The spokeswoman, however, did not elaborate why Lugovoi considered himself a legitimate heir to the Vatican.

In early 2012, a Moscow court dismissed a claim from a woman who said she had the right to own a part of the Kremlin, naming then president Dmitry Medvedev, the government, the culture ministry and federal property watchdog Rosimushchestvo as defendants.

In October 2011, a court overturned a similar claim from the head of the Fund for the Assistance to the National and Religious Agreement, who said he was a descendant of the ancient Russian dynasty of the Ryuriks and was entitled to part of the Kremlin.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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