Sentences Handed Down in Massive Vostochny Embezzlement Case

Soyuz rocket blasts off from Vostochny on Nov. 28, 2017. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Prison terms have been handed down for the embezzlement of more than 5 billion rubles ($88 million) during the construction of Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia media report.

Yuri Khrizman, the former head of state-run Dalspetsstroy construction firm, was sentenced to 12 years  in prison for his role in the fraud. Another employee, Vladimir Ashikhmin, was sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Khirzman’s son, Mikhail, was sent away for five-and-a-half years while a regional deputy, Viktor Chudov, was sentenced to six years in prison.

The spaceport’s construction in Russia’s Far East has been plagued by delays, corruption and unpaid workers. Vostochny is intended to reduce Russian dependence on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.