Police detain VIM-Avia General Director and Chief Accountant
The airline situation has reached the top level.
Alexander Kochnev, the VIM-Avia General Director, and Ekaterina Panteleeva, the company’s Chief Accountant, are being interrogated by investigators at the moment. They are charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). A number of searches were carried out at the places of the company’s top officials last night, September 28.
In addition, the ICR confirmed the reports that the airline owners Rashid and Svetlana Mursekaev had fled abroad. "In the event that Mursekaev does not show up on September 28 for questioning, he will be put on the federal wanted list and then on the international one," the source said.
Vladimir Putin pointed out the serious situation the airline had found itself in, immediately making it the hot issue. The Russian president said Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov was not fully adequate for his position and that Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was not focusing on the transport industry enough. "Could it be that you are overloaded?" Putin asked.
According to the Ministry of Transport, VIM-Avia’s regular flights will be carried out until October 15, but it is recommended to return the tickets after this date. Thousands of tourists are abroad now unable to fly back home.