Patriarch Kirill flies on an airplane for $ 43 million, and oddly enough, the patriarchal board previously belonged to VTB, and then was taken offshore - just like the planes that carry Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's wife and TV journalist Naila Asker-Zade . At the same time, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is not the only one in the list of passengers of the next business jet of the state bank - the company consists of federal officials.
In the company of Naili and Svetlana
The new, the third in several days, “offshore plane” of VTB state bank turned out to be a business jet Gulfstream G450 worth $ 43 million. According to The Bell, this board carried Patriarch Kirill, which is confirmed by data on its routes and movements of the patriarch, and also appeared on certain dates in cities where officials from the presidential administration and President Vladimir Putin himself arrived at the same time.
To establish a connection between a private jet and its VIP passengers, journalists studied the history of the Gulfstream G450 business jet over several years. So, from 2013 to 2016, the aircraft was registered at the offshore Helter Management Ltd (Isle of Man), which is part of VTB Bank's legal entities, and at the end of 2016 it was reregistered to another offshore San Marino with a change in board number to T7-ZZZ .
The current owner and operator of the aircraft is the offshore company Skyline Aviation SRL. The same company, according to the Eurocontrol portal, manages business jets from Navalny’s investigations, in which journalist Naila Asker-zade (T7-KLT’s number serving her board) and Prime Minister’s wife Dmitry Medvedev Svetlana Medvedeva (M-SKSM).
Flights of the T7-ZZZ business jet include almost the whole of Russia, from Kaliningrad to Khabarovsk, and intersect with the routes of Patriarch Kirill with enviable regularity.
For example, in August 2017, Cyril flew to Kurgan, where the 200th anniversary of the head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem, Antonin, was celebrated, and the Gulfstream G450 was spotted here. The business jet fell into the lenses of journalists who estimated that the cost of one flight of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church on such an airplane was about 3.6 million rubles.
It is worth noting that the VTB business jet is not the only aircraft that Kirill Gundyaev uses for its flights. In Yekaterinburg, where the patriarch flew in the summer of 2018, he was spotted aboard an Embraer Legacy 600 worth more than $ 25 million. Then, the Russian Orthodox Church said that transport to the clergy was provided by entrepreneurs, who thus provided church services. The patriarch drove the plane of the owner of the Russian Copper Company Igor Altushkin to Yekaterinburg.
Plenipotentiary on board
Journalists found other passengers of the "patriarchal business jet." In 2016-2017, the aircraft could be used by officials of the presidential administration. Among them, the publication names special envoy of the president for ecology Sergey Ivanov, assistant to the president Igor Levitin, deputy prime minister Alexander Khloponin and former head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy, deputy prime minister and presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev.
“On September 27, 2017, two days before the inauguration of the new governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov, the plane flew from Moscow to Kaliningrad. The only guest at the federal level at the ceremony was Alikhanov’s predecessor, Nikolai Tsukanov, who was appointed ambassador to the NWFD, after the resignation, ”the authors of the investigation add.
Despite the fact that the presidential envoys are obliged to officially report on the procurement of services by business jet transport, traces of purchases from Skyline Aviation SRL or companies with similar names could not be found.
Who owns Skyline Aviation SRL - it is not known whether VTB is related to it - either.