MOSCOW, September 21 (RAPSI) – The Amur Region police have charged the director of a company that was subcontracted to build roads and railway tracks for the new Vostochny Cosmodrome of overstating the costs by 620 million rubles ($9.4mln), the Interior Ministry’s press center reported on Monday.
“According to initial information, in September 2012, a contract to build roadways to the space center was signed with the suspect’s company. Additional contracts to build railway lines were signed in July 2013. The federal state company that signed the contracts paid over 1 billion rubles (over $15mln) to the subcontractor. It has now been determined that the project cost slightly more than 450 million rubles (about $7mln),” the Interior Ministry statement says.
According to the police, the suspect has been arrested at his place of residence in Krasnoyarsk. The man has been charged, and his flat and office have been searched.
The construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Primorye Territory on Russia’s Pacific Coast, which will become Russia’s main launch site, began in 2012. The facility is scheduled for completion by November 30 and the first manned mission is scheduled for 2018.