Vostochny cosmodrome contractor arrested in absentia in Czech Republic
Vitaly Ginzburg is names in a case of embezzlement.
The Czech Republic took Vitaly Ginzburg, the former contractor of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the Head of the Economic Programs company, into custody. The arrest took place on January 19, reports TASS on Monday, March 11.
In Russia, Ginzburg is named in a case of embezzlement; he was arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list. Now the Czech authorities are considering his extradition to Moscow.
In addition to embezzlement, Ginzburg is suspected of Non-payment of Salaries for more than two months and Evading Payment of Taxes (part 2 of Art. 145.1, part 2 of Art. 199 of the Criminal Code).
As sources told the agency, the investigation estimated the total damage from the contractor’s actions at over 680 million rubles ($10.3 m). In 2016, Ginzburg, as noted by Interfax, was prosecuted in a case of non-payment of salaries to employees in the amount of more than 16 million rubles ($242.4 thousand).
As The CrimeRussia wrote, the first cases of embezzlement during the construction of Vostochny and delays in the payment of wages to workers of the contracting organizations began to appear in 2012. In the following years, criminal cases were initiated against the former Head of Dalspetsstroy, Yury Khrizman, and the management of a number of construction contractors.
Thus, last year, four persons involved in a case of the theft of 1.3 billion rubles ($19.6 m) allocated for development were sentenced to terms from four and a half to eight years. In May, three more people were convicted for periods ranging from 6.5 to 7.5 years in a general regime colony in a case of embezzlement of 250 million rubles ($3.7 m) during public procurement.
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