Rosсosmos contractor who has access to Russia’s state secrets is hiding in the US; he is declared wanted

Rosсosmos contractor who has access to Russia’s state secrets is hiding in the US; he is declared wanted
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The owner of Inzhenernye sistemy LLC Sergey Slastikhin is accused of a large-scale fraud.

According to RBС, the Investigative Committee issued an international arrest warrant against an owner of a construction company, a Rosсosmos contractor Sergey Slastikhin on charges of a large-scale fraud (item 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Slastikhin who has access to state secrets is hiding in the US. It was reported by an investigator at the hearings of Moscow’s Basmanny Court that arrested Slastikhin in absentia.

According to RBС sources familiar with the situation, Slastikhin is a defendant in some criminal cases related to the construction of Roskosmos objects. The damage from the businessman’s acts is hundreds of millions of rubles.

At present, Inzhenernye sistemy company is in a state of bankruptcy. Its official website recorded in the SPARK’s database is unavailable, however, its saved version names more than ten objects of a federal state unitary enterprise Operation center of ground-based infrastructure for space activities that deal with Russian spaceports. A copy of the license of the Federal Security Service that gives the company access to state secrets is also preserved.

Inzhenernye sistemy company dealt with reconstruction and technical upgrading of the Baikonur’s Krayny airport facilities and similar work in the machine shop of the Design Bureau for machine and plant constructions that provides warranty oversight of systems used at facilities of strategic missile force and renovations of office buildings of a federal state unitary enterprise of the Rosсosmos’ Zvyozdny center.

According to an RBС source familiar with the situation, Roscosmos ceased its cooperation with Slastikhin’s companies about three years ago. Before that, the contractor took part in works at the headquarters of Roskosmos on Berezhkovskaya embankment in Moscow and construction of office buildings in Baikonur.

According to the data of the Moscow Arbitration Court, Slastikhin controlled GlobalStroy and Strategiya Stroitelstva companies that carried out maintenance at the federal state unitary enterprise Operation centre of ground-based infrastructure for space activities. Employees of Inzhenernye sistemy company held leading positions in the aforementioned companies while their legal address is the same. The court notes that GlobalStroy and Strategiya Stroitelstva were not registered as independent legal entities and were managed by Inzhenernye sistemy. According to the SPARK’s database, these three companies had branches to an address Baikonur, Barmina Street, 8B.

The customers of GlobalStroy and Strategiya Stroitelstva were Roscosmos entities - including the Centre for the eradication of intercontinental ballistic missiles the Nizhny Novgorod region.

According to the Moscow Arbitration Court’s determination of July 23, in summer, 2018, Slastikhin was brought to subsidiary responsibility with the obligations of his company amounting to 908 million rubles ($13.6 million). More than 200 million rubles ($3 million) are also included in these requirements. Operation center of ground-based infrastructure for space activities attempted to collect this amount from Inzhenernye sistemy.

It is also noted that the company management failed to provide insolvency representatives with accounting documents. So, it was not possible to figure out the debtor's assets and challenge the transactions.

Slastikhin was charged in absentia on August 7. The next day, he was wanted on a federal warrant and an international one in September. His lawyer Nail Andronnikov was opposed to the fact that Slastikhin had been charged in absentia because the fact that he is guilty “is not confirmed by the case files.” The lawyer also added that he would not be able to contact his client to learn his opinion on the situation.

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