“An investigative group from the Russian Investigative Committee has launched eight criminal cases, where facts of embezzlement and abuse of office were exposed that led to economic damage to the company at an amount exceeding 9 billion rubles,” Rogozin, who oversees the country’s space industry, said during a parliament session dedicated to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos.
The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center produces spacecraft and space-launch systems, including the Proton and Angara rockets.
On Monday, RIA Novosti reported that the Moscow Commercial Court registered a 1.8-billion rubles (some $36 million) claim by the Russian Defense Ministry against the Khrunichev Center. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on July 27. The grounds for the claim have not been disclosed.