Head of company developing drone for Defense Ministry arrested on charges of multi-million embezzling

Head of company developing drone for Defense Ministry arrested on charges of multi-million embezzling

Previously, the defendant was under a written undertaking not to leave.

Alexander Gomzin, the CEO of the Research and Production Association “Simonov Experimental Design Bureau,” was taken into custody on charges of stealing more than 494 million rubles ($ 7,5 million) from the Defense Ministry (paragraph 4 of Article 159 CCRF). Kazan’s Aviastroitelny District Court changed the pre-trial restriction measure from the recognizance not to leave the place, TASS reports.

According to investigators, Gomzin concluded fictitious contracts with research organizations for research and development. On April 20, 2018, the Bureau's directors were arrested, and in May they were released on bail.

Since 2014, the Simonov Bureau is developing a heavy drone project for solving combat missions in the Arctic.

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