Prosecutor’s Office wants to ban non-Russian operators from Domodedovo airport

The current situation when non-Russian companies operate the Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport is unacceptable, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said on Saturday following an inspection instructed by President Dmitry Medvedev.

“It was exposed that foreign companies, registered in off-shore zones, operate Domodedovo airport,” a statement by the Prosecutor General’s Office said. In line with this scheme, the real owners and those who take management decisions are unaccountable, they are not under the Russian jurisdiction and do not comply with the federal legislation.

The work of the airport has many times given rise to unfavorable criticism. In December, Domodedovo was hit by lengthy delays after an ice storm. A deadly bomb attack which claimed the lives of 37 people occurred in Domodedovo in January.

“Taking into account the strategic role of Domodedovo airport in providing national security, this situation is absolutely unacceptable,” the statement said.

The General Prosecutor’s Office has proposed the Transport Ministry to work out a draft to ban non-Russians from managing vital transport facilities and urge airports to disclose information about their owners.

On Saturday the press service of the Federal Tax Service announced the beginning of an own inspection on Domodedovo.

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) 

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