8 Jul 2022 12:40

Moscow court sentences Aeroflot deputy head Alexandrov to 7 years in prison for embezzling 250 mln rub

MOSCOW. July 8 (Interfax) - The Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow has sentenced Aeroflot Deputy General Director Vladimir Alexandrov to seven years' imprisonment in a multi-million ruble embezzlement case, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom on Friday.

"The court ruled to find Alexandrov guilty of the crime under Part 4 of Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (large-scale fraud) and sentence him to imprisonment for seven years in a high-security penitentiary," Judge Olga Arbuzova said, reading out the ruling on Friday.

Tatyana Davydova, former head of Aeroflot's department for interaction with state authorities, was sentenced to six years and six months in general-security penitentiary and lawyers Alexander Slivko and Dina Kibets were given six and a half years and six years, respectively.

The court also fined all of the defendants - Alexandrov was fined 900,000 rubles, Davydova 700,000 rubles, Slivko 650,000 rubles, and Kibets 600,000 rubles.

The court referred the 128-million-ruble lawsuit of the aggrieved party lodged by the Moscow branch of the Federal Agency for State Property Management to civil proceedings.

It was reported earlier that the state prosecutor sought a nine-year sentence in a general-security penal colony for Aeroflot Deputy General Director Vladimir Alexandrov, as well as nine years in prison for other defendants in the case.

Alexandrov, Slivko, Kibets and Davydova were arrested in October 2019 on charges of largescale fraud.

According to the inquiry, Alexandrov and his co-defendants stole over 250 million rubles from Aeroflot.

The investigators found out that in 2016 Alexandrov signed four contracts on the company's behalf with Slivko and Kibets for the provision of legal aid and to represent Aeroflot in civil, arbitration, and criminal proceedings.

"Meanwhile, there was no need for that, as the airline has a legal department for that," the Prosecutor General's Office said earlier. Using documents forged by the lawyers about services allegedly provided to Aeroflot, Alexandrov and Davydova had 250.6 million rubles transferred illegally to the lawyers' bank accounts between 2016 and 2018. The money was used by the criminal ring members at their own discretion.