Rogozin involves Interior Ministry and Interpol to punish critics
Moscow police initiated a criminal case because of sharply negative evaluations of the work of Roscosmos head in the media.
The Moscow MIA initiated a criminal case of defamation in the media (part 2 of Article 128.1 CCRF) on application of Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin because of the articles in which journalists criticized Rogozin’s work. The equipment and domain names of the two Internet resources are located abroad, so the police intend to contact Interpol to organize inspections in the United States and the Netherlands, Kommersant reports.
According to the publication, the investigation is conducted by a specially formed group of detectives headed by the head of the Moscow MIA’s Main Directorate, police lieutenant Colonel Pavel Milovanov. In particular, Rogozin complained about the article of the Ruspress news agency and its repost on the Kompromat-Ural website. They speak of Rogozin’s large spending of state money on the “PR campaign to whiten his own reputation,” as well as on bribing the editorial staff of Lenta.ru for removing critical material.
According to Rogozin, the competitors are involved in mud-slinging against him and Roscosmos in order to “prevent the country from regaining leadership in space” and create an image of a “state corporation devouring federal money.” The article, under to which a criminal case was initiated, provides for a penalty of up to 1 million rubles ($ 15,000) and mandatory work for up to 240 hours.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.