“From May 2019 until the initiation of the criminal case, numerous checks were conducted against the accused, and they themselves actively cooperated with the investigation, Aeroflot provided all the necessary documents at the request of the investigation, and suddenly they found thefts on some kind of report,” says Ms. Korchagina, adding that the lawyers who are now accused have won all the lawsuits in favor of Aeroflot, saving the airlines more than 20 billion rubles. She also noted that not only the defense, but also representatives of the prosecutor's office and Aeroflot opposed the arrest of the defendants in the courts. “I can only guess why only the Federal Property Management Agency recognized the victims and did not recognize the other shareholders, and how it calculated the amount of its civil lawsuit. Most likely, the victim proceeded from the fact that he has 51% of the shares, and from the amount of the attorney’s fees, ”added Maria Korchagina.
In turn, Mr. Slivko’s lawyer Denis Kobelev specified that, according to recent estimates, “Your lawyer partner” has saved 31 billion rubles to Aeroflot. He also noted that representatives of the airline have repeatedly stated in courts that the defendants in the case did not cause harm to Aeroflot, and therefore there is no reason for a criminal case.
According to lawyer Kobelev, his principal Slivko wrote an open letter. It says that the price for legal services "was fair in view of the complexity and responsibility of the instructions and the amount of work." The author of the letter claims that he didn’t enter into any corruption conspiracies, but now they demand not only confession of guilt, but also “false testimonies” against strangers in the aviation industry. “And as part of the pressure, they transfer me from cell to cell, each worse than the previous one,” the author of the letter states.
Aeroflot refrained from commenting.