Vostochny Cosmodrome's case lawyers to appeal verdict
Earlier, head of Dalspetsstroy Yuri Khrizman was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.
Lawyers of four convicts in the embezzlement case at the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome announce their intention to appeal the verdict delivered by the Far Eastern District Military Court, TASS reports. Earlier, head of Dalspetsstroy Yuri Khrizman, his son Mikhail, chief accountant of the company Vladimir Ashihmin and former deputy speaker of the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Territory Viktor Chudov were sentenced to 5.5-12 years in a colony.
Yuri Khrizman got the longest term (12 years), Ashihmin was sentenced to 7 years, Chudov got 6, and Khrizman Jr. would spend 5.5 years in the colony of a general regime. In addition, the court ruled to recover 5.16 billion rubles ($90.9m) from the convicted in favor of Roscosmos.
Lawyer of the Dalspetsstroy former head Igor Anisimov said that verdict surprised him, as all arguments of the defense were confirmed by documents. He declared his readiness to appeal the verdict. Alexey Sleptsov, the attorney of Ashihmin, also declared his client's innocence. According to him, the defense of convicts intended to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Russia.
"We hope, if not to justify, then at least mitigate the sentence," Sleptsov said.
Criminal cases against convicts were initiated in 2014-2015. The investigation estimated the damage at 5.2 billion rubles ($91.6m).
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