Criminal inquiry launched against Domodedovo Airport owners over 2011 terror attack

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has confirmed the launch of a criminal inquiry against a number of former executives of Moscow Domodedovo Airport services on the counts of rendering unsafe services in connection with the 2011 terror attack.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has confirmed the launch of a criminal inquiry against a number of former executives of Moscow Domodedovo Airport services on the counts of rendering unsafe services in connection with the 2011 terror attack.

"A criminal inquiry has been 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, former director of the airport complex Vyacheslav Nekrasov and some other hitherto unidentified persons from amongst actual owners of the Domodedovo airport complex," Markin told Interfax on June 8.

In his words, the aforesaid individuals are suspected of rendering services that failed to meet security requirements and led to the death of two persons or more.

The terror attack committed at the airport in January 2011 took 37 lives, Markin said.

"In the opinion of the detectives, actions of the aforesaid persons led to an increase in the airport 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," the spokesman said.

Investigative procedures continue to uncover circumstances of the crime, he said.

"The terror attack perpetrators and their accomplices have been punished as they deserved. They were given lifetime or long-term sentences," Markin said.

A suicide bomber set off a handmade bomb in the international flight arrivals zone of the Domodedovo airport on January 24, 2011. The explosion killed 37 and injured 172 citizens of Russia and foreign states.

The detectives said that the handmade shrapnel shell was blown up by suicide bomber Magomed Yevloyev, a member of the gang led by Aslan Byutukayev aka Riyad-as-Salikhin, a unit of the Caucasus Emirate criminal group created by Doku Umarov.

The Moscow Region Court sentenced Islam Yandiyev, his brother Ilez Yandiyev and Bashir Khamkhoyev to life in a maximum-security penitentiary in 2013. The court gave a ten-year sentence in a general penitentiary to Akhmed Yevloyev.

The convicts were also compelled to pay from 50,000 to 500,000 rubles in compensation to the terror attack victims, depending on the degree of damage.

The Russian Supreme Court upheld the sentence on the four defendants in the terror attack case in November 2014.

 

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