In Savelovsky district court of Moscow coming to the end of the trial over the former Deputy General Director of “Aeroflot” financial officer Nikolay Glushkov is a friend and partner of tycoon Boris Berezovsky. The prosecution believes that in the second half of the 1990s that caused the largest Russian air carrier damage at 122,65 million dollars. The only problem is that this court is without the defendant.
As reported by the newspaper VIEW, the press service of the Savelovsky court, the verdict on the case of Nikolai Glushkov to be held on January 23. The Prosecutor asked for the defendant to eight years imprisonment and a fine of 1 million rubles. It should be noted that the trial of the former Deputy General Director of “Aeroflot” held in absentia, the main defendant, received in 2010 asylum in the UK, it is simply ignored.
“The imposition of a fine of 1 million rubles on the background of huge sums stolen earlier is nothing more than a legal technicality.“
“The absence of Glushkov in the process, neglect of the Russian justice is not defense, commented on the process the newspaper VIEW the member of the Moscow city Collegium of advocates “the guarantor of justice,” Vladimir Semchuk. – If he really was hoping for justice, the support of the world, had to defend myself. And so it turns out that it is theoretically admitted his guilt. I think the verdict on it will be.”
Recall that Glushkov is judged by 4 h. article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud committed in especially large size”). According to investigators, in the second half of the 1990s, acting in collusion with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, Glushkov convinced the then head of “Aeroflot” Yevgeny Shaposhnikov to take out large monetary loans ostensibly for financial recovery of the company, and the money really was stolen. Total damage from criminal actions of the Glushkov the result was estimated at 122,65 million dollars.
Initially, Aeroflot demanded Berezovsky 215 million rubles. The claims of the air carrier granted Savelovsky and Golovinskiy courts of Moscow. To recover funds the Russian government appealed in February 2010 for help to Switzerland. In the end I managed to recover about 52 million Swiss francs and 700 thousand dollars, which, as noted in the decision of the London court, greatly exceeded the amount originally claimed damages. For the theft of the “Aeroflot” Berezovsky was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison.
In April 2011, “Aeroflot” has addressed in Golovinsky court of Moscow with the request for indexation of the amount of damages established Savelovsky court of Moscow in November 2007, for the period from 1996 to 2007. The petition was granted in full, in the end, the amount of damage was estimated at billions of rubles.
Next “Aeroflot” filed a lawsuit in a London court, at this time, Berezovsky and Glushkov, demanding reparations in the amount of 720 million rubles, but the British court the claim was rejected.
“In fact, the “Aeroflot” the process of principle and reputation, – shared his vision of the situation with the newspaper LOOK the head of the Internet portal AVIA*RU Network Roman Gusarov. – If the theft is revealed, the right thing to bring to an end, because guilt or innocence is determined only by a court order. Otherwise, the case can be interpreted so that all the blame for the missing money lies, for example, the then head of the airline. It is therefore important that the court has determined who is guilty. And to recover from Glushkov money now of course is hardly possible, imposition of a fine of 1 million rubles on the background of huge sums stolen earlier is nothing more than a legal formality”.
In most “Aeroflot” to comment on their attitude to the process, the OPINION did not, however, lawyer Vladimir Semchuk suggested that after the verdict of the Russian law enforcement authorities will have a free hand and they will be able to apply for Nikolai Glushkov in the international search.
“The investigation process can be useful in a different aspect. Initially the perpetrator was charged with participation in a criminal group under the direction of Berezovsky. The organizational works of the street, apparently failed to prove, on the contrary, it was established that worked as a criminal scheme in which he participated. The organizer is also recognized as Berezovsky, he was already dead, and it is safe to close”.
In the opinion of the head of analytical service of Agency “AviaPort” Oleg Panteleeva, the verdict will be on hand in the first place, “Aeroflot”, which thus protect themselves against a repetition of such fraud: “Everyone understands that to fully recover the financial damage is almost impossible. But companies need to properly place themselves, showing that it defended its own business interests and under no circumstances will not forgive those who in the interests of criminal groups causing her harm. As the saying goes, that another nepovadno was”.