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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Marshal Backs Forcible Entry

The country's top court marshal on Tuesday defended a law that allows marshals to enter the apartments of debtors without their consent to confiscate property, saying it has helped crack down on a growing number of unscrupulous borrowers.

Federal Court Marshals Service head Artur Parfyonchikov said that since the law came into force in February 2008, marshals have rarely had to resort to forcibly entering apartments because debtors prefer to open their doors voluntarily.

"The preventive effect [of the law] is such that debtors have started to open the door because they understand that they have no choice, we can break in," Parfyonchikov told Gazeta.ru.

In 2008, there were 36 million court rulings ordering confiscation of a debtor's property, Parfyonchikov said. Last year, court marshals entered apartments without consent to enforce just 23 of these rulings, he said.

In the first three months of this year, court marshals have broken into apartments four times, Parfyonchikov said.

Parfyonchikov's first deputy, Sergei Sazanov, gave a different figure late last month, telling RIA-Novosti that court marshals exercised their right to forcibly enter apartments 43 times in 2009.

There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy between the two officials' figures.