Russia transports draftees to Rostov by civilian aircraft
The Russian I Fly Airlines airline operates flights for the Russian Ministry of Defense and transports mobilized people to Rostov, from where they are deployed to Ukraine
The National Resistance Center reported the information.
It noted that the Russian Ministry of Defense continues the practice of using civilian airlines for military purposes. In particular, I Fly Airlines operates special flights from Novosibirsk to Rostov. The personnel are then deployed to Ukraine.
According to the National Resistance Center, the Russian Ministry of Defense systematically uses civilian airlines by subsidizing them. After a series of sanctions were imposed, Russian airlines suffered significant financial losses. Accordingly, airline owners close to the government receive orders from the Defense Ministry to earn at least some money.
I Fly Airlines is owned by Alexander Burtin, who is also a co-founder and co-owner of the Russian travel company Tez Tour. The airline's CEO is Kirill Romanovsky.
- In March, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, in cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine, served a notice of suspicion to the head of Rosaviation, Alexander Neradko, who facilitated the transportation of Russian army aircraft to the border with Ukraine.
- In addition, in May, the General Director of Ural Airlines, Sergei Skuratov, was notified of suspicion for providing access to the company's aircraft for the Russian Ministry of Defense.