Russia’s investigative Committee opened a criminal case on fraud associated with the construction of the cosmodrome Vostochny administrative-business complex with a hotel and area to monitor the launch, the newspaper “Kommersant”.

The defendants in the case about swindle in especially large size (part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code) became CEO and founder of OOO “Project and construction company “Mikos” (PSK “Mikos”), Sergei Ostrovsky, and “unknown officials” of Roskosmos and JSC “Ipromashprom”.

During the investigation it was established that in 2013, the Vostochny space centre was planned the construction of administrative-business complex, including a five-star hotel with a swimming pool, observation deck, a shelter and a food production facility. The object from the Federal budget it has been allocated 143 million rubles, and the execution of works entrusted to the General designer of the East, OAO “Ipromashprom”.

Under the terms of the contract, the Institute for the execution of the task may involve subcontractors from the number of audited organizations that have proven to be successful when creating a spaceport. However, according to the investigation, as co-executor was chosen PSK, OOO Mikos,” in the number of such organizations is not included. According to the investigation, the decision was lobbied by Sergey Ostrovsky.

Despite the fact that within the contract period of PSK, OOO Mikos” your obligations are not fulfilled, Ostrovsky in December 2013 organised the signing of false acts of acceptance of project documentation based on which on account of his company has received more than 70 million rubles. Then for 10 million rubles Ostrovsky hired employees of JSC “31 GPISS” friends and architects to perform work for “Mikos”. The remaining 60 million rubles for fictitious contracts was transferred to accounts of shell companies and cashed in, came to the conclusion the investigators.

Ostrovsky is currently in jail. In the summer of Gagarinsky district court of Moscow found the designer guilty on even one count of embezzlement of funds allocated for the construction of the Eastern, and sentenced him to five-year term and a fine of 800 thousand rubles.

Administrative-business complex of the Eastern spaceport in the end, was never built. Numerous guests of the spaceport, including President Vladimir Putin, in April, had to watch the first launch of the carrier rocket is not comfortable with the site, and dug in haste trenches.

Glavgosexpertiza Russia issued a positive opinion on its design documents and the estimated cost in October. The construction of the complex will cost 2.7 billion rubles.

Recall that during construction of the Vostochny space centre was opened more than 30 criminal cases. The amount of the theft was called different – from seven to 11 billion rubles.

Kommersant: the Investigative Committee opened a case of fraud on the builders of the Vostochny space centre 17.11.2016

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