Russian investigators find Domodedovo Airport owners, plan to recover damages from them in terror act case
The Russian Investigative Committee has identified the owners of Domodedovo Airport, who are located near Moscow, and will seek to recover damages from them following a terrorist attack at the airport in January 2011.
"Finally, we have found the owners of Domodedovo [Airport]. They have not been hiding. They have been in Moscow. Their names are known to everyone," Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin told a meeting of the committee's board on July 24.
The committee is currently working to make these persons "compensate for the colossal damage caused by the terrorist act," he said.
"We have accomplished our mission together with preliminary investigation agencies - the terrorists have been punished. They were either eliminated or sentenced. But the owners have managed to avoid liability for five years - both criminal and material liability," Bastrykin said.
"And we have told them if you do not want to compensate financially, you will face criminal liabilities as owners and managers. And we will bring this case to an end," he added.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the arrivals area of Domodedovo International Airport on January 24, 2011. Thirty-seven people were killed and 172 were injured, among them Russian and foreign citizens.
Investigators identified the suicide attacker as Magomed Yevloyev, who was a member of Aslan Byutukayev's Riyadh as-Sakhalin gang that was part of the Imarat Kavkaz criminal community founded by Doku Umarov.
In the autumn of 2013, the Moscow Region Court gave life sentences to Islam Yandiyev, his brother Ilez and Bashir Khamkhoyev. They are serving their terms in a high-security prison. Akhmed Yevloyev was sentenced to ten years in a medium-security penitentiary.
The court also ordered the convicts to pay from 50,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles in civil lawsuits, depending on the extent of the damage caused by them.
In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court upheld the sentences handed down to these four persons.
It became known at the beginning of June 2015 that Russian investigative authorities had opened a criminal inquiry against a number of former executives of Moscow Domodedovo Airport on a count of rendering unsafe services in connection with the 2011 terror attack.
The case was launched against former head of the Russian representative office of Airport Management Company Limited Svetlana Trishina, former Managing Director of JSC Domodedovo Airport Aviation Security Andrei Danilov and former director of the airport complex Vyacheslav Nekrasov.
Investigators believe that the actions of the aforesaid people led to an increase in the airport's vulnerability and civil aviation services which failed to meet security requirements. As a result, Magomed Yevloyev freely entered the terminal of the Domodedovo international airport with a bomb hidden under his clothes and set it off in January 2011.
Investigators also intend to check billionaires Dmitry Kamenshchik and Valery Kogan, who could be among the airport's actual owners, the Investigative Committee said.