MOSCOW, August 21 (RAPSI) – The Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region has suspended a 249-billion-ruble lawsuit (nearly $4 billion) against the former CEO of Transaero air carrier Alexander Burdin, according to court records.

The application filed by the representative of the airline employees’representative Ruben Yablukov was ordered to be stayed until several other related rulings come into force. 

In April, the court put a stay on a VTB bank’s 249.2 billion-ruble ($4 billion) lawsuit against Transaero air carrier’s founder Alexander Pleshakov, his wife and mother. The claimant demanded to recover the said sum from Pleshakov and members of his family.

Burdin acted as Transaero CEO from late 2015 to September 2017 and headed the company after revocation of the air carrier’s flying license.

On August 28, 2018, a Moscow court arrested Burdin in absentia.

According to investigators, ex-Transaero CEO has embezzled over 1.3 billion rubles (about $20 million) and has not paid wages to employees for well over two months. As a result, a salary debt to nearly 7,000 employees reached about 400 million rubles. The defendant has pleaded not guilty.

Transaero found itself unable to pay its debts valued at 250 billion rubles (about $4 billion) in 2015. The government-approved plan of transferring 75% of company’s shares to Aeroflot failed. Its problems resulted in mass flight cancels and delays.

In October 2015, Sberbank and Alfa Bank filed bankruptcy petitions against the troubled airline. The Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region initiated bankruptcy procedure against Transaero on December 16.

The Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region declared Transaero air carrier bankrupt in September 2017.