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Land cost strongly depends on a categorical value or a category for use to which it is assigned. All lands in Russia are divided into seven categories: agricultural use, settlements, industrial and other special use, particularly protected territories (including objects of cultural and historical value), forest resources, water resources and reserved lands. All operations with land plots (including transfer from one category to another) have been strictly regulated by law only since 2005.
There are a number of judicial settlements and proceedings today that are connected with land transfer/unlawful taking of lands, illegal digging on particularly protected territories and different land frauds with very complicated land sale schemes. Forensic soil examination is very important in court decisions involving these types of cases.
We will try to illustrate these with examples from our expert practice.