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Arrest And Firings In Roskosmos After Yet Another Corruption Scandal

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Arrest And Firings In Roskosmos After Yet Another Corruption Scandal

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On October 24th, Roman Bobkov, director of the Vostochny space center, was detained on suspicion of incitement to abuse of office and official forgery, Kommersant reported, citing a source in the Russian Investigative Committee.

According to the newspaper, he was summoned to the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Amur Region to testify in the criminal case of the chief inspector of the 119th department of the State Security Service of the Ministry of Defense Dmitry Fomintsev.

The latter is accused of abuse of office and official forgery. After interrogation, Bobkov was informed that a case had also been opened against him.

The investigation believes that Bobkov instigated Fomintsev to misconduct during the commissioning of water intake facilities, which were intended to supply water to the Vostochny cosmodrome and the closed administrative-territorial entity (ZATO) Tsiolkovsky.

The Vostochny Space Center is a branch of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Objects (TsENKI).

As follows from the materials on the TsENKI website, the list of the main tasks of the space center includes the operation of facilities and technological equipment of the Vostochny cosmodrome, preparation of technical, launch complexes and infrastructure facilities for launching carrier rockets, supply, storage and preparation of rocket fuel components, provision of communication preparation and implementation of spacecraft launches.

Also, Vostochny specialists organize work on the preparation of the fall areas of the separating parts of carrier rockets for launches of space rockets, provide post-launch repair and restoration work, and bring ground space infrastructure objects to their original state.

In addition, the space center acts as the general contractor for the construction of the cosmodrome facilities.

Roman Bobkov was born in Poland. From 2012 to 2016, he held the position of director of the Baikonur branch of the FSUE Okhrana Scientific and Technical Center and was responsible for the safety of Baikonur facilities. After that, until 2018, he was deputy director of the Roscosmos branch in Baikonur.

Bobkov has been the head of the Vostochny space center since 2019.

The Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for the Amur Region refused to comment on the information. RBC made a request to Roscosmos and the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities.

Roskosmos commented on the arrest:

“The detention of Roman Bobkov, director of the branch of TsENKI JSC, the Vostochny space center, will not in any way affect the construction schedule of the cosmodrome. Construction is proceeding according to schedule,” TASS cited the state company.

Also on October 24th, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin fired Evgeny Rogozin, General Director of the Vostochny Cosmodrome Directorate, and reprimanded Andrei Okhlopkov, General Director of the Center for Operation of Ground Space Infrastructure Facilities (TSENKI), and Vladimir Zhuk, TsENKI Chief Engineer.


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Isn’t corruption the second name of Russia?


Any Pol in any branch breeds corruption,like your kweer pope whom too has abandoned all hope:


Jimi the butthurt james

Not Indian Paul

It seems that way, though I hope as a nation they continue to resist the moral corruption that is destroying my country.


I live in Italy and here we are masters of corruption. I can really find no difference between Russia and Italy in this regard. Yet the former is branded as a dictatorship, the latter a democracy. A democracy where the government is closing everything one executive order at a time, without parliamentary vote or discussions, destroying our economy.

Hopefully, people have started to riot in the streets!

Tommy Jensen

You have pizza, spaghetti bolognaise, sophia loren girls, red wine and beaches.
Stop being a crybaby because you cant win the world cup with your 0-0, 0-1, 1-0.


And we haven’t nuclear power, a serious navy, air force, geopolitical independence, a sovereign currency, an hi-tech industry.


Corruption everywhere here in the West now. If your not on the take, you’ll be left behind reeeeal fast.


Unlike East which is heaven, are you there yet?

Harry Smith

Everyone knows that Ukraine’s second name is corruption. You corrupted even vice president Biden.


I’m mot Ukrainiam, but yeah :) you right.

cechas vodobenikov

“as your own CIA consultant, Professor Juan Cole, recently demonstrated USA, after Ukraine,USA is the most corrupt nation on earth. You don’t prosecute corruption: you reward it. Vissaron Belinsky observed this more than a century ago—“Tsarist Russia is more free and just than amerika where corporations rule and robbery and thievery is made official”


America invented corruption. And has the greatest corruption in the World. Russia is numer #2 as always.

Assad must stay

its good it is being discovered and dealt with rather than it harming the program as time goes on

johnny rotten

They are lucky in Russia not to have corrupt organs like the FBI, imagine if there were guys like Comey investigating, who knows how many fake dossiers they would have invented.

Sixgun McGurk

The fact that they are actually investigating corrupt officials at all is impressive. There is no corruption anywhere in the USA. We can tell this because there are never investigations of this kind carried out for the ludicrous cost overruns and failures that accompany every single US project.

Peter Jennings

Stamping out corruption, especially on construction projects, is fundamental to having a structure fit for business. History is littered with failures because a manager looked out for himself rather than the job he was meant to be doing.


Cleanup after Musk issue. We might actually see something interesting


what issue?


long story. Roscosmos was trolling Musk on their space program, Musk ended up successful, and trolled Roscosmos back. childish games.

cechas vodobenikov

a shock for corrupt amerikans—“the ultimate trickster’s paradise” Sacvan Bercovitch,populated by fake people (Riesman, Slater, Gorer, Hockschild, Lasch, Sennet), where 2/3 of all lawyers contribute to their ailing empire by producing nearly 70% of the litigation on the planet each year….while a corporation is an individual in USA, not one has been incarcerated in their prisons where the most inmates per capita of all nations in history are found–all poor and by 5 to 1 non white


Know what happens to bastards like that in China?they end up on the wrong end of a firing squad.comment image

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