Deputy Minister of transport of Russia Valery Okulov said that he was unaware of the involvement of oligarch Boris Berezovsky to the appointment of the leadership of “Aeroflot” in the 1990-ies, reports RIA Novosti.
Okulov called in Savelovsky court of Moscow as a witness on the case about theft of more than 122,5 million dollars in “Aeroflot” in the second half of 1990-ies. Okulov previously held the position of General Director of “Aeroflot”. The prosecution in this case in absentia brought to the former first Deputy of the General Director “Aeroflot” Nikolay Glushkov, who is now a fugitive from justice in England.
The Prosecutor asked the witness if he heard that Berezovsky lobbied for the appointment of a Glushkov.
“The conversations were different, but the circumstances I can not confirm. The actual data I have,” said Okulov, adding that between Berezovsky and Glushkov were friendly relations.
Berezovsky himself he saw at the first meeting of shareholders, when establishing a joint stock company. “He did not participate in the meeting, but towards the end of the meeting congratulated on its results”, — said Okulov.
According to investigators, in collusion with 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.