Suspects Charged With Complicity In Nikolai Glushkov's Escape Attempt

The general prosecutor's office of Russia has brought up charges against those suspected of being involved in the escape of Nikolai Glushkov, an accused in the Aeroflot case. Aeroflot is Russia's biggest air company. The General Prosecutor's Office reported that charges were brought up against Nikolai Glushkov on Friday, and against another four men detained on the case -- on Thursday. In the evening of April 11 Nikolai Glushkov tried to flee from the Haematological Centre of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where he was receiving treatment under guard. A criminal case was opened on evidence of the fact on the Criminal Code's article "Escape from custody committed by a group of persons through premeditated collusion." Glushkov is charged with large-scale fraud on the Aeroflot case. He has been in custody since December last year but after numerous solicitations was transferred from a pre-trial isolation ward to the Haematological Centre. After his unsuccessful escape Glushkov was taken back to the pre-trial detention cell. The criminal case on the theft of Aeroflot's hard currency earnings has been going on for more than two years. According to the information of the investigation, at least 715 million dollars from the air company's currency earnings were transferred since 1997 through the Foros and Andava companies in Switzerland. Part of this money was stolen.

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