Another Vostochny Cosmodrome contractor goes to jail

Another Vostochny Cosmodrome contractor goes to jail
Vostochny Cosmodrome

The Stroymonolit-14 owner faces fraud accusations.

The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow sent Stroymonolit-14 owner Oleg Shchurov to jail for two months. He was one of Spetsstroy’s contractor hired for Vostochny Cosmodrome construction.

Shchurov committed a major fraud, according to the MIA. It is estimated his company received 656 million rubles ($10.3 million) worth of Vostochny construction contracts. Yet, the customer filed an overwhelming number of lawsuits against Stroymonolit-14, driving it to bankruptcy. The lawsuits were due to subpar quality and missed deadlines.

The Khabarovsk Region Commercial Court granted FGUP Dalspetsstroy’s 299.5-million-ruble ($4.7 million) lawsuit against Stroymonolit-14 in early 2017. The defendant had to pay 225.5 million rubles ($3.5 million) plus 76.9 million rubles ($1.2 million) in fines.

The Moscow Commercial Court granted FGUP Spetsstroytekhnologii’s 53.6 million rubles ($848,000) lawsuit against Stroymonolit-14 the same year. The customer sued for subpar quality of an apartment building in Uglegorsk.

Stroymonolit-14 has issues with banks, too. For example, Admiralteysky (banking license revoked in 2015) got into a longstanding litigation with Stroymonolit-14 over a 130-million-ruble ($2 million) dispute. Shchurov was the guarantor for the loan.

It is worth mentioning that Shchurov employed Sergey Mordovets as his deputy for a while. Mordovets is Spetsstroy Rossii deputy CEO Aleksandr Mordovets’s brother. Spetsstroy Rossii was closed last year.

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