Glavkosmos Director General resigns following audit in corporation

Glavkosmos Director General resigns following audit in corporation
Denis Lyskov Photo: Kommersant

Roskosmos has launched an audit of its subsidiary following the claims from the Federal Security Service.

Glavkosmos Director General Denis Lyskov has resigned from his position, reports Interfax.

Interestingly, Lyskov wrote his resignation notice, as soon as the corporation’s audit launched at the initiative of Roskosmos head Dmitry Rogozin was over.

According to Interfax, the audit was launched following the claims from the Federal Security Service related to the fact that Glavkosmos had received a control over “the corporation’s external-economic operations.”

With that, in 2017, Glavkosmos made a number of contracts related to 9 launches of satellites within the framework of the project dedicated to the OneWeb satellite constellation. In November, 2018, the military and security forces became interested in the deal with intelligence services having claims, the media reported.

In particular, the Federal Security Service noted that in Russia, it was impossible to check the OneWeb’s statement concerning the system “is not intelligence-related and can not do harm to interests of an individual and society.” And more importantly, several hard-to-reach and sparsely populated regions with a poor connection would find themselves dependent on the foreign systems’ nod - in case the contract is implemented.

Roskosmos launched an audit to maintain the arrangements with the foreign partners. However, several criminal cases were opened following the audit.

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