Yury Yaskin, a senior official from the Roskosmos space agency, fled Russia in the midst of audits and inspections of the satellite and ballistic-missile research center that he headed.
According to reports in Russian media, Yaskin was sent abroad by Roskosmos for official business in April and did not return when audits started.
Yaskin, the director-general of Roskosmos’ Research Institute for Space Technology (NIIKP), tendered his resignation from the post after he had gone abroad. Yaskin had worked in the research institute since 1993 and became its director-general in 2012.
14 separate audits and investigations have been launched in the institute since the start of 2019.
At the same time, the Investigative Committee adressed the issue of large-scale embezzlement in Roskosmos. Most likely, Yaskin is just fleeing from justice. It’s possible that he’s doing this with assitance from Western special services.
The Research Institute for Space Technology is one of the key companies in the industry. In particular, it is responsible for creating ground-based instruments of navigation equipment, capable of determining the location of weapons facilities and military equipment. Yaskin had access to sensitive data regarding modern Russian military inventions. Therefore, the treason of Yaskin may damge Russian interests signficiantly.
The case of Yaskin once again demontrates that a notable part of the modern Russian elites, which sellf-describes itself as the “new aristocracy”, is disconnected from the Russian nation and the interests of the state.