Bek Air, an airline company known primarily for 27.12.2019 air crash in Almaty has lost the class action case against the buyers of the tickets who never get their cash or travel back. Turksib district court of Almaty arrested the assets of Bek Air and ordered to pay compensation for the tickets. All in all 700 Kazakhstani will get around 100.000 pounds. It does not bother the owner of the airline though, Kompromat.KZ presumes. Yakov Klebanov, the Forbes-listed millionaire, will not pay a single penny.
Bek Air’s ownership was always a breeding ground for rumours. At last it was firmly established that the owner and the end beneficiary of Bek Air group of companies is Yakov Klebanov. Yakov Klebanov is the offspring of another multi-millionaire, Alexander Klebanov and Daria Klebanova, the ruling party ex-MP.
Besides Bek Air Yakov Klebabov owns or co-owns a dozen of companies in real estate, retail sales, transport and electric companies, mining operations, IT and mass media. Circle Maritime Invest, Rixos Almaty hotel and Alpari brokerage is owned by Yakov Klebanov. He operates within an extensive network of offshore investment funds in order to ‘optimize’ taxes and sail the capitals away to safe havens.
Bek Air UP-F100 Z92100 air disaster and Yakov Klebanov
At December 27 2019 Bek Air Fokker 100 took of the airport Almaty only to crash into surrounding residential buildings one minute later. In a crash analysis that followed authorities pointed out that the jet has had at least two tail strikes during the take off. It was decided that icing was a main cause of the crash. Thirteen people died as a result of collision including both the commander and second pilot.
Further investigation in Bek Air style of operation discovered that:
- Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Tay 650-15 jet engines were never serviced by authorized company;
- ID plaques of engines and other crucial parts of the plane were exchanged with other planes to make tracking impossible;
- Tech logs were forged to prevent authorities from revoking certificates;
- Some parts were swapped between the planes instead of buying new ones;
- Despite an icing condition the commander requested only a partial de-icing. In doing so he complied to internal Bek Air instructions to keep the flight cost as cheap as possible.
It resonated to the very top of the Kazakhstan ruling elite. So investigation got a green light to chase the owner. Bek Air was stripped of the license and certificate and grounded permanently. It took a masterpiece of local journalists to even track the owner down. Yakov Klebanov has done all the tricks to hide the company origins in offshore havens, investment funds and holding companies. But finally he was exposed as owner and the end beneficiary of Bek Air.
French company with 10,000 euro in statute: Yakov Klebanov foreign estate management company
Six miles from the famous French town of Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur a rather uplifted but yet no too fancy villa of Yakov Klebanov can be found. The exact address is 985 CHEMIN DU RETENAOU 06220 Vallauris. The same address is used as a primary for the company with nearly identical name – SCI DU 985 CHEMIN DU RETENAOU. It sports a modest 10,000 statute fund and the sole person in command: Yakov Klebanov himself. The villa costs something around 3 to 5 million euro. It sports a large pool. A single maintenance of the pool is comparable by price with complete de-icing routine which may have saved the doomed Fokker-100 life in the Almaty international airport.
SCI DU 985 CHEMIN DU RETENAOU company is managing real estate projects of Klebanov family in France. It isn’t tracked down yet. However it will be: this luxury is built on the bones of the people who died just before the New Year of 2020.
Yakov Klebanov fits well in the traditions of the Klebanov Sr. Alexander Klebanov is known for many suspicious stories. One of them is particularly interesting. It is the story of “Eximbank”. Alexandr Klebanov departed from the list of shareholders just in time. Two days after it the bank went bankrupt. Erkyn Amirkhanov was the only person in “Eximbank” to bear the consequences. It was a brutal crack down on Erkyn Amirkhanov for being ‘friend’ with Alexandr Klebanov. Yakov Klebanov has inherited the traits of his oligarch father.