Two defendants in Vostochny Cosmodrome embezzlement case put under house arrest
MOSCOW, February 20 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court put Yuriy Khrizman, former manager of the construction company Dalspetsstroy, who stands charged with embezzlement of funds allocated for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome, under house arrest, the court’s press-service announced on Saturday.
Vladimir Ashihimin, a former head accountant of the company was put under house arrest as well. Both Khrizman and Ashimihin were previously detained.
According to investigators, ex-CEO of Dalspetsstroy, Yuriy Khrizman, his son Mikhail and Viktor Chudov, Chairman of the Khabarovsk Territory Duma, embezzled about 106 million rubles ($1.6 million) belonging to the company. However, one criminal episode was uncovered within the investigation into the case over alleged embezzlement at Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Dalspetsstroy has repeatedly reported that the project was behind schedule at some sites but promised to catch up.
Yuriy Khrisman was fired in 2013 after it was revealed that the government had not received complete information about the delays.
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. The first manned mission is scheduled for 2018.