Aeroflot Corruption Investigation

Aeroflot Corruption Investigation

Published: June 21, 2013 (Issue # 1764)

MOSCOW — The Investigative Committee has opened an inquiry into Aeroflot deputy CEO Andrei Kalmykov, accusing him of giving privileges to companies linked to his relatives.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the committee, said Tuesday that Kalmykov had given contractual privileges to Sun Rise Tours, a travel agency allegedly affiliated with his relatives. According to the investigators, the agency’s founders included his wife and mother.

Before joining Aeroflot in 2010, Kalmykov, 40, worked as a top executive and board chairman of Sun Rise Tours for more than a decade.

Markin said that by “giving privileges” to his relatives, Kalmykov had damaged to the company, Interfax reported. Investigators said the state, which controls Aeroflot, lost more than 78 million rubles ($2.4 million) in damages because of Kalmykov’s actions.

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