MOSCOW, May 17 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has extended detention of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) ex-deputy Alexander Mordovets until August 29, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

The court dismissed the defendant’s motion to be released from custody.

Mordovets is accused of taking bribe and abuse of office.

A criminal case has been opened over the violations found during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. According to the investigation, Mordovets has received more than 30 million rubles (about $465,000) from one of the construction companies.

Ex-deputy was detained on May 24, 2018, but he still hasn’t been charged with the final wording.

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.