The Investigative Committee has opened a fraud investigation into the indebted airline, but law enforcement reportedly could not reach Mursekayev and “all his phones have been shut off,” Interfax earlier reported a law enforcement official as saying.

Mursekayev was invited by aviation officials to a meeting on Wednesday morning but failed to appear. A source familiar with the situation told the news agency Interfax that Mursekayev on Wednesday flew from Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport to Turkey, likely to Istanbul.

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Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov has said it is “pointless” for the government to bail out VIM Airlines since it has “virtually ceased operations.”

President Vladimir Putin issued a formal reprimand to Sokolov on Wednesday for “poor performance” and also chided deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich for neglecting the crisis, Vedomosti reported.