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The case for fraud was initiated against the deputy director of TsENKI

The case for fraud was initiated against the deputy director of TsENKI
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The Investigation Department of the FSB in the Amur Region has opened a criminal case for large-scale fraud against Marat Arustamov, deputy general director of TsENKI for economics and finance. He is suspected of receiving kickbacks for financing work carried out by the Respect-SM construction company at the Vostochny cosmodrome. He was detained for 48 hours.

As the Kommersant, Arustamov was detained in Moscow and sent to Blagoveshchensk. In October, Alik Aleksanyan, the head of the Respect-SM firm, who was under investigation, testified against him. According to him, the Center for the Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Objects JSC paid for Respect-SM for work on Vostochny only for kickbacks in the amount of up to 5% of the payment amount. The money was sent to Arustamova through an intermediary.

According to the investigation, in July 2020, Respect-SM and JSC TSENKI signed a contract for the construction of a housing complex for 2,1 thousand people in Tsiolkovsky, located on the territory of the Vostochny ZATO cosmodrome. By the end of May of this year, the construction firm was also supposed to build an engineering infrastructure, landscaping and social, cultural and welfare facilities in the microdistrict.

In October last year, Alik Aleksanyan, through his friend, turned to Marat Arustamov with a request to transfer an advance payment of 200 million rubles to his company. He, despite the fact that he could not make such decisions on his own, promised to do it, but for a rollback of one and a half million rubles.

In June, IAA EastRussia reported that the general director of the contractor for the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome arrested for fraud... The head of the Respect-SM company, Alik Aleksanyan, is accused of fraud that caused damage of almost 60 million rubles.

In early June, the RF IC in the Amur Region initiated two new criminal casesrelated to the machinations at the Vostochny cosmodrome. Construction of the second stage of the Vostochny cosmodrome began in 2019. At the end of last year, the Roscosmos corporation dismissed Director General of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities Andrei Okhlopkov. Earlier for fraud during the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur region arrested the chief engineer of the Center for the operation of ground space infrastructure Vladimir Zhuk.

Today it became known that Roskosmos is planning change the general contractor the Vostochny cosmodrome and create a subordinate construction department. The corresponding order was given by the head of the state company Dmitry Rogozin.

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