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Russian deputy PM to visit spaceport where criminal inquiry is under way

April 25, 2015, 10:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The construction of the Vostochny space center has been marred by several scandals related to misappropriation of federal budget funds and delays in wage payments to builders
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MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin plans to visit on Sunday the Vostochny spaceport under construction in Russia’s Amur region, where criminal inquiry is under way.

"I am flying from Irkutsk to Vostohny tomorrow morning, and will spend two says there," he tweeted on Saturday.

Investigation launched at the Vostochny spaceport has revealed a scandalous situation "in construction business", Dmitry Rogozin said on his Facebook page earlier on Saturday.

"Although many people named in criminal cases have already been detained, law enforcement officers have a lot of work in store," he wrote.

On Friday, investigators in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East launched a criminal probe into the unlawful appropriation of 300 million rubles (about $6 million) allocated for the construction of the Vostochny spaceport. The criminal case was opened on the charges of large-scale embezzlement.

The construction of the Vostochny space center has been marred by several scandals related to misappropriation of federal budget funds and delays in wage payments to builders. Workers of construction companies recently went on a hunger strike demanding the payment of wage arrears.

The Vostochny (Eastern) spaceport is being built near the town of Uglegorsk in the Amur Region. The spaceport, which has been under construction since 2010, is scheduled to be built by November 30, 2015.

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