Serving Russian President Head of aviation SUE placed under house arrest

Serving Russian President Head of aviation SUE placed under house arrest
Yaroslav Odintsev Photo: RIA Novosti

Yaroslav Odintsev, head of the Special Flight Detachment called Rossiya is suspected of fraud.

The Moscow's Basmanny court chose measure of restraint for Yaroslav Odintsev in the form of house arrest until November 6. According to Life, he was detained as early as September 6. It was then that during the search in his office and house the Investigative Committee of Russia seized all electronic data storage devices.

Odintsev is suspected of swindling during procurement carried out by Rossiya federal state budgetary institution. He was charged under Article named Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code). Previously with regard to the same case the police arrested Igor Kovalenko, Rossiya’s procurement department head, Dmitry Pozdnyakov, a tender committee member with the same institution, and Sergey Chernukhin, the company's engineer, as well as four managers of CJSC Aviapribor Servis – namely, shareholder Aleksey Menitsky, the CEO Igor Schetinin and the two of his deputies Vladimir Latyshev and Yulia Bubnova. Besides, the list of house-imprisoned includes tender committee members Yelena Shestakova, Olga Dorozhko and Yelena Ivanova. All of them are accused of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).

According to a source of  Kommersant, the criminal case concerns a supply and maintenance contract for air conditioning systems of Rossiya’s aircrafts. The equipment prices were unreasonably high, besides, the investigators found signs showing lobbying of the Aviapribor Servis's interests. The total damage inflicted by the criminals is estimated at 48 million rubles.

This March the Company's offices were searched. It was then that information surfaced that among the suspects were four Detachment leaders.

Rossiya Special Flight Detachment reporting to the Facilities and Property Management Office under the RF President performs air-transportation for Russia's top officials and Federal Security Service officials. Among its passengers are top public officials such as the President Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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