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Re: Query from The New Yorker Chichakli R ... Schmidle

Re: Query from The New Yorker

Chichakli R 18 . 06:05 Nicholas Schmidle

Good day: Thank you for your message, and here are the answers. 1- The split was the result of Sergey refusal to go to South Africa; he wanted to stay in Sharjah and that was not subject to discussion. Among other, the main underlying reasons behind Sergeys refusal were three: FINANCIAL CONCERNS: Sergey, an older brother, saw the results of Victors attempt to move to Europe (Belgium) and which was orchestrated by Ronald DeSmet. The move resulted in an unbelievable disruption of then flourishing business in UAE, losses in the millions, and worst of all the initiation of aircess into the UN reports after Desmet accepted a contract to ship a transport helicopter MI-8 to Ruprahs mining operation in the Congo. DISTRUST OF THE ORCHESTRATORS: Sergey discontent with the influence of Herredine, De Smet, and Ward on Victor and the financial position

of the Business. Victor, then just 30 years old without any knowledge or experience in business as it is known in the west, he was trying to act as if he was a seasoned international airline. Perhaps Aircess ranking second after Lufthansa in 1997 and 1998 made him think that he could be a Lufthansa of some sort, or at least act as if he was as I heard DeSmet saying it. Victor was indeed recklessly wasting money on worthless ventures that kept coming via Desmet and Herridine; Metavia Airlines was ventured throgh Herridine and CenterAfrica Airline was ventured by DeSmet for example, and both were nothing more than a scam wich caused losses in millions of dollars. Sergey never trusted and never liked any of these characters among few other whom were feeding from Victor lack of expeience. FAMILY CONCERNS AND DISTANCE FROM RUSSIA: Family concerns related to the relation between the bothers, and more important the wives of Sergey and Victor were also factors in formulating Sergeys adamant refusal to the Move to South Africa. I will not talk about the family matter, but being not too distant from Russia is very important to Sergey who; notably, did not speak English then. In regards to Victor came back to UAE that is misunderstanding. The operation in South Africa came to an abrupt closer upon becoming insolvent in 2000; thus, causing Victor to run out of the country as the formerly unknown terms to him such as receivership and foreclosure were imminent to be heard. He landed I UAE from Johannesburg and in few days was on his way to Russia as his ban from UAE along with the order to close Aircess came into effect with the start of the year 2001. After the Split there were more than two Aircess as illustrated by the chart on the website. Aircess in Sharjah was then no longer part of Victors business it is an independent company run by Sergey with Sergey staff and systems. Victors business was at that point managed by DeSmet and Ward with Herridine in control of the aircraft registration and everything related to it. I think using a statement such as there were two aircess should not be used because that is ambiguous. There was Aircess Swaziland, Aircess EQG, Aircess Gibraltar, etc. Having a clear distinction between the two brother is essential for presenting the facts. Simply think about the fact that there are 52 BinLaden brothers and sisters but our concern is just one of them; thus, I wonder why that is not applied to matter of the Bout brothers? Mixing Sergeys business in UAE with those of Victor is the reason Sergey is having problem! Concerning Herridine, I never saw him or spoke to him, so I certainly do not have any contact with him nor ever had. 2- Airbas started subcontracting for the US forces late 2002; at least one year after 9/11 if not more. The commodities transported in addition to people (live or dead) were supplies, food, spare parts, and matter of that nature. By doctrine, the United States does not transport ordinance or arms on civilian aircraft if that what you were looking for. 3- Airbas was liquidated and closed in 2004 and the company was further banned and ordered closed in the UAE at the same time at the orders of the United States. The sanction in 2005 resulted in freezing the companys residual account were the liquidation of any outstanding assets or liabilities should be resolved, for example the tax refund received in March 2005 has deposited there. That being said, please keep in mind that it is possible that the US government may have falsified records to show operations in the name of Airbass for one reason or another. If you find that odd, watch the videos I posted on YOUTUBE which shows falsified records of bank accounts that were established in my name in US bank AFTER I was sanctioned by OFAC and that is impossible because entering my name or SS number will immediately trigger an alarm in any bank, and also a set on flights allegedly conducted by Aircess in 2010 also impossible as aircess call sign was abolished by ICAO in 2001. You see Youtube videos here on US Bank: and on Aircess alleged flights: If you need a copy of the documents shown in the videos they are available for download from Bottom line, Airbas was denied access into Iraq and Afghanistan early 2004as you can see from the official pentagon documents See NOTAM ordering ban of fuel here: and accordingly there were no flights into/out off any of these countries or any US bases anywhere after that point. Hope that answers your questions. Sincerely Richard

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Re: Query from The New Yorker Chichakli R ... Schmidle

17.02.2012, 18:12, "Nicholas Schmidle" <>: Thanks Richard, Again, I cannot stress how grateful I am for your help. It has gone a long way towards making the article better and certainly more accurate. A few follow up queries: 1. Victor was the owner of Aircess Holding and which was managed by Michael Herridine who was effectively the manager of he fleet and, unsurprisingly, the person in-charge of the creation of Equatorial Guinea Aircraft registry, and before that he was also the man in charge of the Liberian Registry. Victor had no idea about how, where, an why the aircraft were registered wherever they were. That was Michael's responsibility. Herredine is an old and highly skilled aviation consultant and he was having a all the fun managing the fleet of Victor and drawing the company strategy as you can see in the minutes of Aircess Holding. Herredine received substantial amounts of money for his services from Victor. Okay, so in 1998, when Air Cess splits, Viktor takes 14 planes, Sergei takes 5 and gives him $1.1 million. Do we know why they split the company? I knew that Viktor had moved to South Africa but was told (by him and others) that he returned to the UAE after, among other things, his home in Johannesburg was broken into. Either way, there were now two Air Cess companies after 1998, the Viktor-owned and Herridine-run one, and Sergeis? Do you stay in touch with Herridine by chance? 3- Incorrect. Since before the split was completed Victor had already moved with his family to South Africa, his house and his office were both located in the nice area of Sandhurst in Johannesburg. For your note, Sergey and Victor are not alike at all and it is impossible, that is impossible for them to live together, and perhaps that is why they never did. 4- I do have hat it I think, but; unfortunately I cannot access my repository now.

When might you be able to access that and perhaps the magazine? 5- Airbas transported plenty of goods and people for the US government in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. Airbas was not the direct contractor but rather a sub-contractor. Concerning the AN-12, I do not recall the exact date, but I think it was banned first from Bagram about 2003

Thanks. Was Airbas subcontracting for the US into Afghanistan immediately after 9/11? And transporting what sorts of things? 6- You seem to have incorrect information in this area, so here is the regrouping of matters: Airbas went out of business before OFAC sanctions. The sanctions are dated 26/April/2005 and Airbas was liquidated in 2004 after it was unofficially sanctioned by the US government. The unofficial sanctions came in the form of refusing to issue permission to fly to Iraq and Afghanistan, among other US military operations, and moreover, refusing to provide fuel. The company became insolvent in 2004 leading to the liquidation of the fleet. Airbas filed its final tax return in 2004 and received a refund of about $20,000 for the million of losses it incurred due to the unlawful extrajudicial targeting. Thanks. So Airbas was liquidated after the 2004 Liberia executive order? Then which company was the one subcontracting in Iraq at the time of the sanctions? Thanks again, Nicholas

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