VIM Airlines chief accountant and director general put under house arrest
Defendants in the case of embezzlement from the airline passengers are accused of swindling.
The Basmanny Court of Moscow has sent Director General of the bankrupt VIM-Avia Aleksandr Kochnev and the airline's Chief Accountant Ekaterina Panteleeva under house arrest until November 25. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
According to the investigation, the persons accused of swindling and embezzlement from the airline passengers can put pressure on witnesses; as for Panteleeva, she may attempt to abscond, since she has an international passport. The chief accountant did not object to this preventive measure, whereas Kochnev asked the court to leave him under a written undertaking not to leave the country for the elimination of difficulties encountered by the airline.
To recall, it was previously reported that the company owners Rashid and Natalya Mursekaev had left the country on Tuesday, September 26. A day earlier, Mursekaev had said that VIM Airlines had not had the means to carry out its operations. According to preliminary estimates, the total amount of the carrier's debt is about 7 billion rubles ($121.6 million).
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).