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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

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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