Roscosmos COO Vladimir Evdokimov has been arrested Thursday on fraud charges. He has been accused of stealing over $3 Mln, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the court proceedings on Thursday.
On Thursday, Moscow’s Basmanny district court arrested Roscosmos COO Vladimir Evdokimov for two months until January 30. “Meet the investigator’s request and implement a measure of restraint in the form of detention,” judge Artur Karpov said when announcing the court’s decision.
Evdokimov faces up to 10 years of imprisonment under large scale fraud charges if found guilty. The investigation has found that Evdokimov has committed fraud, stealing more than $3 million from the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG.
The investigator said that Evdokimov should be put into a pre-detention center as he could flee the country to hide elsewhere like other defendants in this case have done.
Evdokimov himself said that he does not admit his guilt. He pointed out that he provide his testimony and is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
The Russian space program has been plagued by repeated corruption scandals and numerous launch failures in recent years. On Thursday, a Progress supply ship bound for the International Space Station burned up in the atmosphere after its Soyuz booster failed.
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