In June 2005, Mr. Sjöstedt approached a Moscow real estate company with a request of finding him an apartment for rent in Moscow. Working on a competitive basis with other agencies, this company succeeded in finding Mr. Sjöstedt an apartment, which he liked very much. The company negotiated the lease on Mr. Sjöstedt behalf and in the end of July, 2005, arranged for the lease singing. As a result, on September 1, 2005, Mr. Sjöstedt moved into the apartment, which he and his family enjoy up to the present day and till the end of July of 2006.
Mr. Sjöstedt agrees that the services provided were good; he confirms, in writing, that he enjoys the apartment. However, this did not result in the payment of the fee. Mr. Sjöstedt has received an invoice from the company, offered to pay half, and after the company requested full payment, he stopped replying to the company’s enquiries.
Mr. Sjöstedt has stated that he has lived in Moscow for 10 years and, moreover, has dealt with housing arrangements for numerous expatriates as part of his job. He is aware of the market practices and the market standard fees. Such behavior is illegal, unethical and unacceptable. It is a clear abuse of an imperfect Russian legal system.
Mr. Sjöstedt holds a leading position in his company and feels that this immunes him of ethical and moral standards. It is especially unfortunate that his supervisors in Swedish headquarters seem to share his position.