The owner of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, the biggest in Russia, has been by law enforcement officers…
…[C]harges against Kamenshchik, who is also chairman of the board at Domodedovo, were linked to security measures at the airport at the time of a terrorist attack in 2011.
According to Vladimir Markin, the Investigative Committee spokesman, Kamenshchik, along with three other people, was involved in introducing a new system for checking people entering the airport, which investigators believe weakened security at the airport.
And we’re supposed to believe this? Responding to the ECHR in April 2015, the Russian government called “incorrect and unfounded” a plaintiff’s claim that Domodedovo’s anti-terrorist measures were “absent or insufficient.” Now it turns out they were not merely insufficient, but criminally so.
As Yulia Latynina points out, it was president Medvedev who started the state’s assault on Domodedovo when he accused the management of the privately-operated airport of negligence – hours after the 2011 suicide attack in one of its terminals. Various government agencies took their cue and started pestering Kamenshchik with audits and checks, suddenly finding the airport in violation of a host of rules and regulations. Until recently Russian courts, surprisingly, sided with the businessman and helped him repel the offensive.
The negligence charges against Kamenshchik and three Domodedovo employees (already in jail on remand) are part of another campaign in this war. In the latest turn, the prosecutor-general’s office has asked the court to release Kamenshchik, alleging (correctly) that the investigators have acted illegally and should have closed the case. The court took the investigators’ side over the prosecution’s and placed the man under house arrest.