Ex-head of Roscosmos murdered in prison cell

Ex-head of Roscosmos murdered in prison cell
In January, the court refused to release Evdokimov on bail of 30 million rubles ($524,310)

Former Executive Director of the state corporation Roscosmos Vladimir Evdokimov, who had been arrested in December on charges of swindling, has been found dead in a cell of a pre-trial detention center in the north of Moscow.

As reported by Interfax citing a source in the law enforcement bodies, Evdokimov's body was found this morning in one of the cells of the pre-trial detention center No. 5 on Vyborgskaya Street (SIZO-5). An investigation and operational group is currently working on the crime scene. Causes of death are being established.

Member of Moscow PMC Eva Merkacheva confirmed Evdokimov's death to RIA Novosti, noting that it involves suicide. Meanwhile, REN TV reported that there has been found three stab wounds on the former Roscosmos CEO's body, which lead to a conclusion that Evdokimov had been killed.

Representative of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow Yulia Ivanova reported to TASS that Vladimir Evdokimov had died from two stab wounds to the heart area.

Let us recall that the investigation had charged the arrested CEO of Roscosmos's Quality and Reliability Control Vladimir Evdokimov with large-scale fraud in the amount of 200 million rubles ($3.495.400) as part of an organized crime group. He was arrested in Moscow in December last year.

January 27, the court extended the term of arrest for him and former Director General of Nauchno-Tekhnichesky Tsentr (Scientific and Technical Center, NTTs) CJSC Aleksandr Zolin, another defendant in the criminal case.

Evdokimov's defense had offered to stand bail of 30 million rubles ($524.310) to the court. However, the court had not seen the grounds for replacing Evdokimov's preventive measure with house arrest. The defendant himself had not pleaded guilty and expressed willingness to cooperate with the investigation.

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