Aeroflot Office Raided After Former Executive Calls for ‘War Sabotage’

Russian protection agents raided the Moscow office of the flagship airline company Aeroflot after a former top executive advised colleagues to “undermine” Russia’s war in Ukraine, media reported Wednesday.

Federal Security Service (FSB) policemans confiscated records as well as hard disks at Aeroflot’s advertising and marketing and approach department on Tuesday, according to Baza, a Telegram news channel thought to have web links within Russia’s security firms.

The department was headed by deputy CEO Andrei Panov, that revealed in March he had surrendered as well as taken off to Israel over his resistance to Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, he penciled a Financial Times column contacting coworkers who remained in Russia to look for subversive ways to derail the war initiative.

“I know it is impossible to be a top executive and also oppose the political regime, as well as I am not calling for martyrs or political prisoners. You can retire, you can leave, and also if neither of these are possible, there are still points you can do,” he composed.

“You can undermine the war initiative, by neglecting every offer or postponing or contract which sustains the armed forces invasion or Russian publicity. You can educate your staffs and explain to them you are against the war. You can neglect Z parades and also refuse to send your team to join them, as well as you can scream noisally about the economic disaster which grows with each brand-new week of conflict.”

Baza claimed its unnamed resources linked the FSB raids to Panov’s op-ed.

The FSB and also Aeroflot have actually not yet talked about Baza’s report.

FSB agents were claimed to be “specifically interested” in papers related to Bain & & Company, a Big Three consultancy where Panov was partner prior to signing up with Aeroflot in 2018. Aeroflot credited Panov in its hiring statement for co-developing a technique at Bain & & Company to nearly increase the airline company’s passenger capacity from 56 million in 2018 to 90-100 million 2023.

Baza reported that Bain & & Company won a tender in 2019 to revamp the advertising and marketing strategies at Aeroflot and its subsidiaries Pobeda, Rossia Airlines and Aurora, billing 194 million rubles ($2.3 million) at a beginning cost of 209.1 million rubles ($2.5 million).

Panov acted as finance editor at Russia’s Vedomosti service daily– co-owned by the Financial Times and Dow Jones until 2015– prior to signing up with Bain & & Company. Baza included that Aeroflot’s advertising and marketing and technique division workers had actually been called for wondering about by the authorities, with extra searches anticipated Wednesday.

Aeroflot put on hold all worldwide trips last month as Western sanctions endangered the seizure of commercial aircraft leased from abroad.

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