Investigation into two defendants in Vostochny Cosmodrome embezzlement case completed
MOSCOW, October 26 (RAPSI) - Investigation into Yury Khrizman, former manager of the construction company Dalspetsstroy, and Vladimir Ashimikhin, chief accountant of the enterprise, who stand charged with embezzlement of 5.16 billion rubles ($83,300) allocated for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome facilities in the Far East, has been completed, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists on Monday.
Dalspetsstroy has repeatedly reported that the project was behind schedule at some sites but promised to catch up.
Khrisman was fired in 2013 after it was revealed that the government had not received complete information about the delays.
According to Markin, former top managers of several contractors in the Vostochny Cosmodrome project are currently under investigation on embezzlement charges.
The construction of the space center, due to become Russia's main launch site, began in 2012. The facility is planned to be completed in 2016 and the first manned mission is scheduled for 2018.