Roscosmos top manager accused of embezzling 200 mln rubles not dismissed

Roscosmos top manager accused of embezzling 200 mln rubles not dismissed
Vladimir Evdokimov Photo: Petr Kassin / Kommersant

The General director of the state corporation considers the arrested Vladimir Evdokimov a professional; as for the accusations, they do not relate to his activities in the Russian Space Agency.

Vladimir Evdokimov, who has been arrested for swindling, is still Roscosmos’s executive officer for Control and Quality. This has been reported by the Russian Space Agency CEO Igor Komarov in an interview with Kommersant.

“The court has yet to deliver a judgement on this issue. Since the incriminated episodes do not relate to Evdokimov’s activities in Roscosmos, I have no claim on him. I will make further decisions depending on the evolution of the situation,” Komarov said.

According to the Head of Roscosmos, Evdokimov is charged with an episode which took place ten years ago, when the suspect was working in a different company and different industry. Komarov believes that despite the state corporation’s cooperation with security forces, law enforcers are engaged in self-PR, passing the revealed embezzlement off as fraudulent activity of Roscosmos’s new team.

The CEO described Evdokimov as a professional, “who did a lot for the industry, creating a system of quality and reduction of defects and accidents.”

As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, December 1, 2016 the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Vladimir Evdokimov and his alleged accomplice, former Director of Nauchno-Tekhnichesky Tsentr (Scientific and Technical Center) CJSC Aleksandr Zolin for two months. They are charged with part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an Especially Large Scale). According to the ICR’s lead, Evdokimov, Zolin, and other defendants in the case obtained the rights to the state property of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG worth at least 200 million rubles between 2007 and 2009 using several companies controlled by them.

Defendants in this case also include former General Director of MiG-Rost OJSC (a subsidiary of RSK MiG liquidated in 2012) Aleksey Ozerov, and former General Director of Helicopter Service Company Russian Helicopters JSC Akim Noskov and his deputy Aleksey Andreev, who have evaded the investigation. Ozerov, Andreev, and Noskov’s brother, Deputy General Director of Tupolev PSC Egor Noskov are defendants in another high-profile case of embezzlement of real estate owned by RSK MiG in the early 2000s. The suspects bought 2 hectares of land on Khodynskoe Pole for tens of millions of rubles, while the market value of three buildings alone located on the site exceeded 600 million rubles.  The complex was then resold. It was during investigation of this case that documents, which allowed investigators to bring charges against Evdokimov and Zolin, were discovered. However, the latter do not plead guilty. Moreover, Evdokimov’s defense has filed a complaint against the arrest of its client, which will be considered by the Moscow City Court on December 21.

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