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Controversy Grows Over Investigation Of Large-Scale Fraud In Aeroflot


Controversy Grows Over Investigation Of Large-Scale Fraud In Aeroflot

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The Moscow city court overturned the Basmanny court’s ruling to extend until February 29th the arrest of Aeroflot’s deputy general director Vladimir Alexandrov in the case of embezzlement of 250 million rubles ($4 million).

At the end of November 2019, the Basmanny District Court decided to keep Vladimir Alexandrov in custody until the end of February 2020, the Moscow City court overturned the decision and sent it back for reconsideration.

The Basmanny court granted the request of the investigation to extend the detention of Aleksandrov, but the appellate court overturned this decision and sent the materials to the court of first instance for a new consideration.

At the same time, the extension of the arrest for the lawyers of the same case Alexander Slivko and Dina Kibets, as well as the former director of the legal department of the airline Tatyana Davydova, was also canceled.

By the decision of the Moscow City Court, the period of detention of all four in custody, which was initially limited to the date of November 30th, 2019, was extended only to February 6th, 2020.

According to the criminal case against him, in 2016-2017, Aleksandrov, being the deputy director of Aeroflot for property matters, concluded four contracts for the provision of legal services to the airline. After that, according to investigators, at least 250 million rubles were unjustifiably transferred under these agreements, which him and the other defendants then stole.

According to the investigation, he, together with Kibets, Slivko and Davydova, entered into agreements for the provision of legal services, the executors of the contracts were the lawyers of the collegium “Your lawyer partner” Slivko and Kibets, however, in fact, the work was carried out by employees of the Aeroflot legal department.

According to data on the Aeroflot website, Vladimir Alexandrov was born in 1984.

He graduated from the Moscow State Law Academy (MGLA), as well as the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). He worked in the prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee. He has been with Aeroflot since 2013.

In July 2016, he was appointed to the position of Deputy General Director for Legal and Property Issues.

However, during the court proceedings it was established that the Alexander, prior to 2004, was called Armen Abalyan until 2004, and that he received Russian citizenship four years earlier, illegally.

The materials of the criminal case on fraud contain the decision of the Soviet district court of the city of Orel. In March of this year, he established that the mother of Aleksandrov, Anait Avanesyan, when applying for Russian citizenship for herself and her son knowingly provided false information.

According to an unnamed Business FM source, during the proceedings, the judge said the following:

“The fact of Anait Avanesyan knowingly providing false information about the place of registration, permanent residence in the submitted documents when applying for registration of acquisition of Russian citizenship Anait Avanesyan and her son Vladimir Alexandrov was discovered (in brackets Armen Abalyan Borisovich). A certificate of name change for Armen Borisovich Abalyan, into Vladimir Borisovich Aleksandrov, which was recorded in 2004 by the registry office was discovered.”

The acquisition of Russian citizenship by Aleksandrov (Abalyan), which for some reason became the subject of investigation only now, took place 19 years ago. Alexandrov was born in January 1984, and at the time of obtaining Russian citizenship he was a minor.

Thus, after illegally receiving citizenship, and changing his name to a Russian one from an Armenian one, he rapidly began progressing his career in one of the largest state-owned companies. His arrest is now being reversed and the corruption case appears to be on its way to being swept under the rug.

On January 22nd, it became known that the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Colonel-General Khalil Arslanov was charged with two counts of especially large-scale fraud totaling to almost 6.7 billion rubles ($108 million). Regardless, he is allowed to roam free.

Such examples are somewhat frequently coming out of the woodwork as there appears to be investigations going on in many of the Russian state-owned companies.




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