General Director of “VIM-Avia” Alexander Kochnev, chief accountant Ekaterina Panteleeva, which was before detained in the part of the case on major fraud, formally charged with involvement in the embezzlement of funds of passengers.

This information to journalists of the Agency “Interfax” confirmed the lawyer of Mikhail Voronin, representing the General Director of “VIM-Avia”, and the defender of the chief accountant Ekaterina Pavlovskaya. The guide carrier is charged with part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (fraud in especially large size). Punishment under article provides imprisonment up to 10 years.

Later Basmanny court of Moscow has signed the chief accountant of “VIM-Avia”, accused of fraud caused the bankruptcy of the airline, under house arrest till 25 November, reports TASS. In the near future the court will consider the same request of the investigation against the CEO of the airline Kochneva.

On the eve of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said that the owners of “VIM-Avia” Rashid and Svetlana Mursekaev “hastily left the country, according to the investigation of information located abroad”. In this regard, measures are being taken to locate them.

Wife Mursekaev will be wanted in a criminal case of fraud, said TASS in law enforcement bodies. “Their whereabouts are not yet established. They declared at first in Federal, and then, perhaps, on the international wanted list,” – said the Agency interlocutor. According to him, Rashid Mursekaev Thursday, September 28, was to appear for questioning by the investigator, and the day before he was sent a summons.

On 27 September the media reported that Kochneva investigators questioned as a witness in the case, and then repeatedly called in for questioning. In the end, the General Director of “VIM-Avia” was detained on the results of the interrogation in the UK.

After massive delays and cancellations of flights of airline “VIM-Avia” a criminal case was initiated under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code. Official representative SK the Russian Federation Svetlana Petrenko said that on behalf of the head of Department Alexander Bastrykin, the case was transferred to the Central office of the UK.

According to the investigation, from September 22, officials of the airline, knowing that the funds for the purchase of fuel is not enough, in particular at Domodedovo airport, not having contracts with other suppliers and, thus, not having the ability to carry passengers, continued to sell tickets on flights. In the end, the user received more than 1 million rubles.

This week, “VIM-Avia” has admitted that she has no funds to continue operations, after mass delays of flights from-for debts for fuel is about 500 million rubles. The airline has asked the Ministry of transport “to consider urgently the provision of state guarantees” 800-840 million rubles to pay for fuel and transporting passengers from abroad. The owner of the company Rashid Mursekaev has published a video message in which he apologized to passengers for delays due to lack of funds.

The aircraft “WIM-Avia” have been detained at airports for debt in Russia and abroad – in particular in Spain, Belgium, Turkey and France. In “Vnukovo” “Domodedovo” flew only four of the Board 29. For the Tuesday – Wednesday “VIM-Avia” carried out a total of about 10 flights.

The “VIM-Avia”, which the Ministry of transport for a fortnight had restored passenger flights under its guarantee, will also receive from the state half a billion rubles of subsidies for air transportation. However, experts believe that such infusion the company will not save and is only delaying its inevitable end.

September 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with members of the government declared the head of Ministry of transport Maxim Sokolov about his incomplete service compliance due to the situation of “VIM-Avia”, and charge transport issues and Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich accused of insufficient attention to the industry.

The detained General Director of “VIM-Avia” was charged with fraud in especially large size 29.09.2017

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