MOSCOW, May 28 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld extension of detention of Chairman of Tretyakov & Partners law firm Igor Tretyakov involved in the 330-million-ruble Roscosmos embezzlement case until June 19, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

In late November, the Moscow Regional Commercial Court ordered recovery of the money Tretyakov allegedly received in the S.A. Lavochkin Scientific Union under the pretence of legal services. The court also declared 21 contracts signed by the Scientific Union and the lawyer between July 2016 and January 2018 invalid.

The court therefore granted a claim filed by the Moscow Region Prosecutor’s Office on behalf of the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimushchestvo) and the state corporation Roscosmos. Prosecutors insisted that the agreements were invalid as Tretyakov had not participate in court proceedings himself. Thus, the lawyer has only created a semblance of his activity.

Tretyakov is a defendant in the case over embezzling 330 million rubles (about $5 million) from Roscosmos. His detention was recently extended until June 19. Two other defendants, ex-CEO of the S.A. Lavochkin Scientific Union Sergey Lemeshevsky and chief of the Union’s legal department Yekaterina Averyanova are also detained.

According to investigators, the defendants have stolen assets of Roscosmos by signing fraudulent contracts for provision of legal services with the law firm. All the works were allegedly performed by the corporation’s own specialists. The overall sum of payments to the firm reached 330 million rubles.