Businessman riding Mercedes covered with Swarovski crystals convicted over Vostochniy cosmodrome case
Ivan Chopozov was extradited from Belarus in October 2015.
The Blagoveshchensk city court sentenced contractor of the Vostochniy cosmodrome construction, Director of the LLC Stroitel Ivan Chopozov.
As the investigation found out, Chopozov’s organization during construction of the cosmodrome appropriated over 850 thousand rubles belonging to the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Dalspetsstroy under the SpetsStroy of Russia. The businessman disappeared with the money. In summer 2015, he was found in Belarus, where he was riding a Mercedes covered with Swarovski crystals. Belarussian riot police detained him in the car. In autumn of the same year, Chopozov was extradited in accordance with the legislation by the request of Russian authorities.
During the investigation, the businessman paid damages in full and admitted his guilt. Basing on these facts, the Blagoveshchensk city court sentenced Ivan Chopozov to 9 months of imprisonment under part 3 Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (Embezzlement).
Construction of the Vostochniy cosmodrome in the Amur region, which had begun in mid-2012, became notorious with numerous scandals and criminal cases. About 20 criminal cases has been initiated over theft in the construction of the cosmodrome. For example, representatives of supplier companies, general director of LLC StroiSnab-DV Kirentsov and head of supply department LLC Ideal Kudlaev, were convicted over theft of building materials for the cosmodrome in the amount of 11.6 million rubles.
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