The Russian space agency Roscosmos, whose reputation has already been hit by the failure of a Soyuz rocket last month, was attacked by the financial court of the country on Sunday due to financial irregularities including "stolen" billions.
"We have serious problems with Roscosmos," said the chairman of the Accounts Chamber, Alexe Kudrin, on television.
"Procurement procedures are poor, prices are too high, many projects are unfinished or stopped, and funds are unused for months and several billions have been lost – stolen – and investigations are underway," added the former Finance Minister. to it.
A 2017 court report meant a total of 151 irregularities within the space agency's accounts, accounting for a total of 785.5 billion rubles ($ 11.9 billion), reports the Russian news agency.
The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, called on the Accounts Chamber to conduct a sectoral audit and to approve an anti-corruption plan.
The Russian space program has faced problems in recent years, although no lives have been lost.
On 11 October, a Soyuz missile failure forced the Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and the American astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing shortly after take off in Kazakhstan. The couple escaped unharmed.
It was the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history – an unprecedented setback for the country's space industry.
The Soviet-designed Soyuz rocket is currently the world's only lifeline for the international space station ISS.
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Lomonosov Moscow State University starts Space Department & # 39; in 2017
Moscow (Spoetnik) January 19, 2017
This year, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), voted Russia's best higher education institution in 2016, will add a space science department to the long list of 42 faculties to focus on mathematics, astronomy, biology, chemistry and computer science, the rector of the university Viktor Sadovnichy said.
"The new department will be occupied with things we know very little about – space, black holes and the behavior of people without gravity." It will train space specialists with a … read more