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ST.PETERSBURG, December 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The aviation authorities in St.Petersburg have opened an inquest into facts of false qualification diplomas sold to pilots. Pyotr Kadycev, a flight training instructor from the "Flight Training Center" federal enterprise, is one of the suspects under investigation opened into the illegal business, a source from the federal enterprise told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
"Director of the Flight Training Center Alexander Lesov has confirmed the facts of falsification of pilot qualification certificates by dealers in the aviation circles."People forge documents like they counterfeit money," Lesov noted. Representatives of the Interior Transport department of the Northwest Federal District have refrained from comment. Officials from the FSB department for St.Petersburg and the Leningrad region neither confirmed nor denied reports that FSB representatives were involved in the investigation.
Meanwhile, St.Petersburg media sources said that transport police had opened an inquest into several cases of document forgery, including false diplomas sold to pilots. In November, Deputy chief of the Federal Air Transport Agency Sergei Korovin was suspected of accepting a bribe for issuance of false qualification certificates to chief pilots of air crews. The SK Investigative department for air transport and waterways suspected a worker on staff of Cosmos company of buying a false certificate.
In March, a license was withdrawn from the Krasnoyarsk department of St.Petersburg Institute of Civil Aviation; Chief of the Krasnoyarsk department Vladimir Fefelov was given a suspended five- year prison sentence for false certificates totally worth 450,000 roubles issued to 60 pilots.
Last March criminal cases were opened against ten pilots of the Magadan branch of the Pankh Airline company who had their flight certificates falsified.
In the beginning of 2013 the Wings of the Neva Training Center Chief Andrei Kocharygin issued an illegal certificate to a private pilot from St. Petersburg.