Contractor of Vostochny cosmodrome detained while trying to escape to Vietnam
Anton Novikov is accused under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling).
Head of the Leo Telecom company Anton Novikov was accused of embezzling 26 million rubles ($387.600) from the Center for Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Operation (TsENKI). His company performed a contract at the Vostochny cosmodrome in 2017. Novikov was detained. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Blagoveshchensk City Court.
Anton Novikov is accused under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling). According to the court, the head of Leo Telecom, taking advantage of his official position, seized the funds belonging to TsENKI in the amount of 25.87 million rubles. If proven, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Novikov was detained during his attempt to escape. “Novikov was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport while trying to leave for the Republic of Vietnam. The evidence confirming Novikov's arguments that he bought a return ticket to Russia for January 2019 was not provided to the court,” the court said.
According to the investigation, Novikov can put pressure on his former colleagues and influence the course of the study of the case. That is why the investigation asked the court to detain the ex-CEO of Leo Telecom JSC until February 28, 2019.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?