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The chief engineer of the project on designing and equipping the cosmodrome "Vostochny" was arrested.
Sergei Ostrovsky, chief engineer of the Vostochny cosmodrome outfitting project, was detained on November 19, as part of an investigation into the embezzlement of budget funds allocated for the design and construction of the cosmodrome. Izvestia writes about this today with reference to a source at the State Design Institute for Special Construction (GPISS), where Sergei Ostrovsky works.
According to the source, Ostrovsky was interrogated several times in the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR). After one such interrogation, he was detained. According to a source in Roskosmos, investigators are checking all the firms involved in the design of the East. They are looking for cases of fictitious contracts with organizations that exist only on paper.
At the end of September 2014, the TFR opened two criminal cases on embezzlement of budget funds allocated for the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome based on materials collected by the FSB and the Accounts Chamber. In October, officers of the FSB and the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation conducted joint searches in the case at the offices of the Federal Space Agency, Dalspetsstroy and OJSC Ipromashprom, a subsidiary of Roscosmos. As part of the case, the former head of Dalspetsstroy, Yuri Khrizman, and the former chief accountant of this organization, Sergei Ashikhmin, were arrested. They were charged under Part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (misappropriation or embezzlement committed as part of a criminal group on an especially large scale).