Deputy General Director of Khrunichev Space Center was sentenced to 5-year conditional term
Aleksander Ostroverkh was involved into withdrawals of Space Center’s funds via a company forging fake audit reports.
Aleksander Ostroverkh, the former Deputy General Director for Economy of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, has been sentenced to a 5-year conditional term. The Dorogomilovskii District Court of Moscow found him guilty under part 4 of Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (misappropriation or embezzlement committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale). He was charged with embezzlement of more than 285 million rubles. He had earlier admitted the guilt and made a deal with the investigation – therefore, his case was reviewed using a special procedure and separately from other suspects.
To refresh background: Vladimir Nesterov, the former General Director of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, and Mikhail Yakushin, its Senior Accountant, have also been charged in the framework of this criminal case.
According to the investigation, in 2007 Ostroverkh, acting on behalf of the Space Center, had signed a contract for audit and legal services with Dmitry Dyakonov, General Director of Ekopravo Closed Joint Stock Company. Since September 2007 and until February 2014, the company was preparing and submitting to Ostroverkh reports on audits allegedly carried out in the Space Center in the period of 2007–2014. However, an expert assessment has concluded that the reports consisted of abstracts from newspaper articles, statutory regulations, and other materials. Dyakonov was sharing the cashed funds with Ostroverkh and Nesterov.
Other larcenies in the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center have become known in 2015. The sate corporation used to provide unreasonable privileges and preferences to Kompania Metalloresurs Limited Liability Company when signing metal supply contracts with it. In particular, Viktor Larin, the Deputy General Director, had signed in 2012 contracts with Metalloresurs to supply metal for Angara and Proton carrier rockets without tenders. In July 2013 Aleksander Seliverstov, then-General Director, has personally signed a contract with Metalloresurs as the only suitable supplier of ferrous and non-ferrous rolled metal for the Space Center. In the end of 2013 Yuri Yakovlev, another Deputy General Director, has awarded to Metalloresurs a contract to supply rolled metal for almost 64 million rubles.
According to the investigation, in return for the repeated violations of law for the benefit of the contractor, the management of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center had been receiving kickback from Ruslan Urazgildeev, the General Director of Metalloresurs. Urazgildeev has absconded from the investigation in Ukraine. The total damage sustained due to the illegal activities of the officials is some 108 million rubles.
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