Ex-construction official charged in spaceport bribery case goes on trial
MOSCOW, October 25 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Babushkinsky District Court will enter into the consideration of a case against ex-deputy chief of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) Alexander Mordovets on October 31, RAPSI learnt in the court’s press service on Friday.
The defendant stands charged with bribery and abuse of office during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. According to the investigation, Mordovets has received more than 30 million rubles (about $470,000) from one of the construction companies.
However, the construction organization failed to work out prepaid expenses and was declared bankrupt that caused damage worth over 120 million rubles (about $2 million) to the state.
The construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, due to become Russia's main launch site, began in 2012. The first launch vehicle operation was carried out on April 28, 2016. Dozens of cases over embezzlement during the space center’s construction have been launched in several Russian regions.