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Vostochny official arrested on fraud charges

Russia this past weekend arrested another Vostochny official on charges of fraud and bribery.

The arrest was of a different individual than the one Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin fired this weekend.

Roman Bobkov, the head of the state entity operating the cosmodrome, has been placed in pre-trial detention for two months by a local court, on Saturday, and faces several charges, including fraud, abuse of office, and incitement to abuse of office and forgery. He assumed the role of director at Vostochny in March 2019.

Bobkov is accused of using bribery to entice a senior Defense Ministry inspector, Dmitry Fomintsev, to file fake reports on the commissioning of several of the spaceport’s major water-supply facilities. The fraudulent documents were allegedly drawn up to conceal Bobkov’s own misconduct during their construction, which had left them unfinished.

They estimate the cost of Bobkov’s actions to be around $6.5 million, which in rubles is about a half billion.

The level of corruption and theft that has permeated the construction of Vostochny raises great doubts about the quality of work there, building the spaceport. Expect many “glitches” when they start attempting regular launches.

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2 comments

  • LocalFluff

    Putin:
    “- You are NOT fired! You, my friend, is ARRESTED!
    Now, over to recruitment. Next optimistic kleptocrat up. Anyone?”

  • Milt Hays, Jr.

    Hummmm. It sounds like this would be the perfect opportunity for Roscosmos to reach out to Hunter Biden and the “Big Guy” for some consulting help with all of the construction delays. With Hunter on their board, I would expect that things would “get done” in short order given his vast experience in this field, and I am sure that some New Jersey construction crews could be recruited to provide “help,” etc. Oh, wait. It is Donald Trump who *builds* things, but that isn’t the kind of “expertise” that the Bidens are selling…

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