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Lebedev Accuses GE Subsidiary of Fraud

Published: April 24, 2013 (Issue # 1756)


MOSCOW Alexander Lebedev has accused aGeneral Electric subsidiary offraud andis demanding compensation, thebillionaire businessman told theweekly publication Profile in a recent interview.

From 2006 to2008, General Electric Capital Aviation Services, through its affiliated company PK Airfinance, gave us loans forthe purchase ofthree new andseven five-year-old nearly new Airbus A320 aircraft forthe German airline Blue Wings, inwhich we were shareholders, Lebedev said.

But in2009, theGerman regulator stopped Blue Wings, andPK declared that theplanes were being seized since they were under bond, Lebedev said, though he was certain that theplanes would simply be sold atopen auctions anda difference of75 million dollars would be returned tohis company. PK declared that theplanes were inpoor condition, however, andsaid they required major maintenance work. Themaintenance work oneach plane was estimated at10 million dollars.

After that, afake auction was held, where General Electric Capital Aviation Services bought theplanes for171.5 million dollars, although they actually cost much more. Inthis way, through maintenance work anda strange auction, my money was siphoned out ofmy wallet byGEs daughter company andput intothe wallet ofits niece, Lebedev said.

ALondon court began hearings intothe case last week.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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