Ex-construction chief at Vostochny Cosmodrome to stay jailed on embezzlement charges
MOSCOW, May 29 (RAPSI) - The Moscow City Court on Friday upheld the detention of Yury Khrizman, former manager of the construction company Dalspetsstroy who stands charged with embezzlement of 1.8 billion rubles ($34.4 million) allocated for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome facilities in the Far East, RAPSI learnt in the court on Friday.
Khrizman will remain in jail until July 30. He pleads not guilty to the charges brought against him.
Dalspetsstroy has repeatedly reported that the project was behind schedule at some sites but promised to catch up.
Khrisman was fired in 2013 after it was revealed that the government had not received complete information about the delays.
The construction of the space center, due to become Russia's main launch site, began in 2012. The facility is planned to be completed by November 30 and the first manned mission is scheduled for 2018.