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Yeltsin’s son-in-law confirmed as Aeroflot head

May 30, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ Shareholders of Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, voted Friday to confirm President Boris Yeltsin’s son-in-law as the company’s chief executive, a news agency reported.

Yeltsin appointed Valery Okulov acting general director of Aeroflot _ Russian International Airlines _ last month.

The state-controlled company is the largest successor to the Soviet-era giant Aeroflot, which broke into some 500 separate carriers after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Okulov, 44, who is married to Yeltsin’s elder daughter Yelena, spent more than 10 years as a navigator on domestic and foreign flights. He was Aeroflot’s deputy director before his appointment as chief.

Although known for poor safety and service, Aeroflot remains Russia’s preferred carrier on domestic routes because the other, smaller companies have an even worse reputation.

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