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MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. Spokesman for Russian Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kurennoy has confirmed the Investigative Committee (IC) was demanded to terminate the criminal case against Domodedovo Airport owner Dmitry Kamenshchik.
"This is true," Kurennoy told TASS on Wednesday.
The Kommersant newspaper reported earlier that Russia’s acting Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Gutsan had sent a demand to IC chairman Alexander Bastrykin that he should terminate the criminal case against Kamenshchik.
Domodedovo Airport owner Kamenshchik was charged with a crime envisioned by Part 3 of Article 238 of the Russian Criminal Code (Fulfilling work or rendering services out of line with security requirements, which entailed, out of negligence, the death of two or more persons). The maximum punishment on the article is 10 years in prison.
Similar charges were brought against former head of the Russian office of the Airport Management Company Ltd Svetlana Trishina, managing director of Domodedovo Airport Aviation Security Andrey Danilov and ex-airport compound director Vyacheslav Nekrasov. None of the defendants in the case admitted their guilt.
According to investigators, an improper passenger security provision system in the airport made it possible in January 2011 for suicide bomber Magomed Yevloyev to enter, unhindered, the building of Domodedovo Airport’s air terminal with an explosive device hidden under his clothes and detonate it, which killed 37 people and left 172 wounded.
On May 17, the management of Domodedovo Airport signed an agreement on establishment of a charity fund to assist those affected by the terrorist attack.