Some were left dissatisfied with commutation of sentence for Sheremetyevskiy trade union’s leaders
The convicts want acquittal, while prosecution insists on the initial terms of imprisonment.
Leaders of the Sheremetyevskiy trade union Aleksey Shlyapnikov, Valery Pimoshenko and Sergey Knyshov were found guilty of fraud committed by a group of persons by prior agreement (Part 3 of Art. 30 and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). This time, the Meshchansky Court of Moscow ruled out terms, which were equated to imprisonment being already served in a detention center or under house arrest - no more than 2 years and 7 months. All three were released at the courthouse. Earlier, the defendants had been sentenced to from 5.5 to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony. However, their defense, dissatisfied with the verdict, appealed the decision.
According to Kommersant, this time, both the convicted and the prosecution were dissatisfied with the sentence. Lawyers of Shlyapnikov, Pimoshenko and Knyshov sent complaints to the Moscow City Court, demanding cancellation of the sentence, and insisting on a full acquittal of their clients.
At the same time, representatives of the Prosecutor's Office considered the sentence as too lenient. They also intend to appeal the verdict for the leaders and insist the initial terms of imprisonment.
To remind: according to investigators, Shlyapnikov and Pimoshenko extorted a bribe of 100 million rubles from flight director of the Aeroflot Igor Chalik for a safe solution on recalculation of salaries of pilots and termination of pilots protest. Also they threatened to spread compromising information about airline operations through media. Later, during the negotiations, held under FSB control, Chalik reduced requirements of trade unionists to 30 million rubles. They were caught red-handed when receiving the first tranche of 10 million rubles. Later, Knyshov was also detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime. All persons involved believe that the case is a consequence of a long-standing conflict between the airline and the union leaders.
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