VIM-Avia director general denied walks under house arrest

VIM-Avia director general denied walks under house arrest
Aleksandr Kochnev

The exception will be a visit to medical institutions, provided that the investigator is warned in advance.

The Basmanny Court of Moscow has denied Director General of VIM Airlines Aleksandr Kochnev having walks while under house arrest. Judge Elena Lenskaya has announced the decision of the court to subject Kochnev to prohibition to leave the premises without the permission of the investigator in charge of the criminal case. The court has thus reacted to the request of Kochnev to allow him two-hour walks and meetings with a doctor.

The exception will be a visit to medical institutions, provided that the investigator is warned in advance, RIA Novosti reported.

Friday, the Basmanny Court sent Aleksandr Kochnev and Chief Accountant Ekaterina Panteleeva under house arrest until November 25, as the investigation believes that the persons accused of swindling and embezzlement from the airline passengers may put pressure on witnesses, and Panteleeva, who has an international passport, may attempt to abscond. Earlier, they had been charged with swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). On the night of September 28, the houses of the main company representatives were searched.

To recall, the airline owners Rashid and Natalya Mursekaev 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).

According to the Ministry of Transport, VIM-Avia will carry out regular flights until October 15; it is recommended to return all tickets for flights scheduled after this date. Currently, thousands of tourists abroad are not able to fly home.

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