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Aerobatics Ace Suspected of Badge Sales

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The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team is suspected of illegally selling team emblems, the Lifenews.ru portal reported on Tuesday.

The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team is suspected of illegally selling team emblems, the Lifenews.ru portal reported on Tuesday.

Valery Morozov is believed to have forced a Moscow region businessman to pay him 5,000 rubles (about $160) a month for the right to use the team logo on t-shirts and other items he sold.

Morozov was nabbed in a police sting operation as he received an envelop containing 35,000 rubles to repay the debt the businessman had run up during a vacation.

Morozov is facing fraud and abuse of office charges, a law enforcement source said.

Air Force spokesman Vladimir Drik declined to comment on the issue until a decision was formally announced.

“I know about that but so far have no right to comment,” he told the portal.

 

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