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MOSCOW, July 27. /TASS/. Russian prosecutors have exposed thefts worth 7.5 billion rubles ($130 million) at the construction site of the Vostochny spaceport in the Far East, Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika said at a board meeting of the Prosecutor-General’s Office on Monday.
The board meeting discussed the work of the Prosecutor-General’s Office in the first half of 2015.
Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office checked 250 firms engaged in the cosmodrome’s construction for their compliance with the legislation, Chaika said.
"Prosecutors have established the facts of theft that have caused damage worth almost 7.5 billion rubles," Chaika said, adding that construction firms had paid wage arrears worth 50 million rubles ($862,000).
A scandal erupted at the Vostochny construction site in late March over delays in wage payments to workers of Stroiindustriya-S contractor firm.
Stroiindustria General Director Sergey Terentyev was arrested on April 21 over the firm’s wage arrears. Following Terentyev’s arrest, prosecutors also arrested Pacific Bridge-Building Company Head Igor Nesterenko and DSS Ltd CEO Roman Suvorov also for their failure to pay timely wages to construction workers.
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.
The Vostochny cosmodrome will comprise two launch platforms, an airfield, facilities for crew members’ pre-launch preparation, oxygen-nitrogen and hydrogen plants, 115 kilometers of roadway and 125 kilometers of rail track.
Vostochny will be Russia’s first national civilian cosmodrome to ensure the country’s full access to outer space.