Russian Post rejects Prosecutor General's Office’s accusations in abuse of authority

Russian Post rejects Prosecutor General's Office’s accusations in abuse of authority
Russian Post explained the need to purchase its own aircraft

The CrimeRussia publishes the official statement of the postal company on the purchase of two TU-204 aircraft.⁠

After the publication of the news about the possible abuse of authority by employees of Russian Post when buying TU-204 aircraft the press service of the postal company contacted the editorial office of The CrimeRussia. Below, we publicize the official response of Russian Post to the Prosecutor General's Office accusations:

"The Press Service of Russian Post explains that at the beginning of the year they received the request from the prosecutor's office to justify the purchase of TU-204 aircraft. This question was answered on the part of the enterprise in full and within the specified timeframe.

The purchase of two trunk airplanes by Russian Post was carried out in full accordance with the requirements of the procurement legislation, including the agreement with the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. It was held in several stages, each of which was aimed at buying aircraft at the most favorable price and meeting the requirements of the Post.

During the period from December 2016 to March 2017 Russian Post's own aircraft performed 92 flights and carried 831.7 tons of mail and 1815.2 tons of commercial cargo. 24 flights of them carried only mailings, and 64 flights carried out loading of the boards with commercial cargo in order to increase economic efficiency.

The purchase of own aircraft allowed the Post:

–     Not to depend on the schedule of passenger air travel, which increased the quality and lowered the delivery timeframes of airmail. An example of the negative impact on these processes was the withdrawal of Transaero Airlines from the market, which led to deteriorated delivery time to the Far East.

–     To solve the problems caused by increased volume of mail items from China and other countries, in particular, to exclude cases of long delays in departures at foreign airports in anticipation of the departure of passenger or charter airlines to Russia profitable for senders.

–     To save from 40% to 50% in comparison with commercial offers of cargo charter carriers. For instance, the cost of transportation by own planes on the route Moscow-Yakutsk-Moscow is 40%-50% lower than the price of ordered third-party charters.

In August last year Russian Post purchased two TU-204 aircraft from company Ilyushkin Finance Co for 3.4 billion rubles ($58.3 m). One of the main reasons for buying a flight transport the company representatives called the delivery of parcels from China. In December Russian Post began shipping goods on these aircraft, named after Peter the Great and Catherine II. In January this year the Prosecutor General's Office began checking the legality of these purchases. On May 4 the official representative of the supervisory authority, Alexander Kurennoy, imparted that as a result of the investigation, actions under article 201 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of authority) were identified. Kurennoy also said that the materials on the investigation of the purchase of aircraft were passed to the Investigative Committee.

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