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Aerospace corporation head claims 'distorted estimates' in criminal case

April 16, 2014, 18:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
This situation was staged by the commission set up under the previous leadership of the Roscosmos Space Agency, Vitaly Lopota claims
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sea-based rocket launch complex Sea Launch

sea-based rocket launch complex Sea Launch

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MOSCOW, April 16. /ITAR-TASS/. President of Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Vitaly Lopota has claimed that the criminal case against him is based on "distorted estimates" of last year’s inspections.

"What we see now is happening under the pressure of competitors, the agenda driver forces that are deliberately distorting the results of the inspections carried out at RSC," Lopota told ITAR-TASS in comments on the Investigative Committee's decision to open criminal proceedings against him. "A manipulation of documents is going on."

This situation was staged by the commission set up under the previous leadership of the Roscosmos Space Agency, he went on.

Simultaneously with the commission’s work, as it was looking into transparency of the corporation's operation, the Audit Chamber and independent experts were conducting an inspection of their own," reporting "excellent appraisal of the company's activity." "It is only the Roscosmos commission that can be blamed for distorting this appraisal," Lopota said.

The investigator said Lopota had ordered to extend loans to two companies participating in the Sea Launch project in 2010. He allegedly caused a 41-million-ruble losses to the state.

Sea Launch is the first international project of a sea-based rocket launch complex. Launching rockets from the equator zone provides for maximum use of Earth's rotational rate. The project involves more than 80 Russian industrial companies. Thirty-five launches have been performed since 1999. The next rocket launch is due in mid-May.

Vitaly Lopota was elected president of RSC Energia in 2007. The company is designing a new generation manned transport ship for extended missions and energy modules. The criminal case against Lopota, a well-known scientist, is based on files provided by the Federal Security Service.

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