A proud day today for Canada as our 9th astronaut David Saint-Jacques successfully blasted off this morning at 6:31 EST on board a Russian Soyuz rocket for a 6-month mission on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Without trying to rain on Roscosmos (Russian Space Agency) parade, Roskosmos reputation is being questioned after the failure of a Soyuz launch in October 2018. Now the Russian space agency is being accused by the Russian court of accounts of embezzling billions of public investments, in fact 151 ‘accounting’ irregularities have been found at Roskosmos in 2017 alone! totalling up to 785.5 billion rubles ($10.4 billion), in Russia’s equivalent of NASA.
Sadly, this is no surprise, in Russia you have a small clique of oligarchs who control various industries in Russia, who help President Putin to keep control as they enrich themselves off the spoils of controlling all the powers of the state and economy, yes this is a KLEPTOCRACY, a government ruled by corrupt politicians who use their political power to receive kickbacks, bribes, and special favours at the expense of the populace. Kleptocrats may use political leverage to pass laws that enrich them or their constituents and they usually circumvent the rule of law.
October 2013 called for a re-nationalization of the “troubled space industry,” with sweeping reforms including a new “unified command structure and reducing redundant capabilities, acts that could lead to tens of thousands of layoffs.” According to Rogozin, the Russian space sector employs about 250,000 people, while the United States needs only 70,000 to achieve similar results. He said: “Russian space productivity is eight times lower than America’s, with companies duplicating one another’s work and operating at about 40 percent efficiency.”
Under the 2013 plan, Roscosmos was to “act as a federal executive body and contracting authority for programs to be implemented by the industry.”
In 2016, the state agency was dissolved and the Roscosmos brand moved to the state corporation, which had been created in 2013 as the United Rocket and Space Corporation, with the specific mission to renationalize the Russian space sector.
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said “it ‘is necessary to drastically improve the quality and reliability of space and launch vehicles’ … to preserve Russia’s increasingly threatened leadership in space.” In November 2018 Alexei Kudrin, head of Russian financial audit agency, named Roscosmos as the public enterprise with “the highest losses” due to “irrational spending” and outright theft and corruption.
Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin says that misallocation of resources, irregular procurement procedures, as well as overshooting of prices he calls ‘stratospheric’ have taken place in the Corporation.
The Roscosmos State Corporation holds the record at financial improprieties, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin has stated while on air at Deystvuyushchiye litsa TV-show at Russia-1 TV-channel.
The improprieties, in Kudrin’s words, include misallocation of resources, irregular procurement procedures, and overpricing. “A lot has been spent on unfinished construction projects and those that were left idle; the resources have not been used several months in a row,” head of the Accounts Chamber said.
Moreover, Kudrin has stated that several billion rubles allocated to the Roscosmos had been lost; in other words – embezzled.
Roscosmos representatives stated the data Kudrin makes reference to relate to 2017, and the Corporation is aware of it, reports TASS.
“The check is ongoing; findings are going to be brought, and organizational measures are going to be carried out,” the Roskomos media office told Intefax. The State Corporation representatives noted that its front office had been reformed in late October, 2018; financial and economic, contractual, and constructional departments had also been renewed. The results of the work of the new front office are expected to be revealed by the end of the year.
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on 27th November 2018 Aerotime New Hub
Roskosmos accused of embezzling billions in public funds
Roskosmos already saw its reputation questioned after the failure of a Soyuz launch in October 2018. Now the Russian space agency is being accused by the Russian court of accounts of embezzling billions of public investments.
Alexei Kudrin , head of the Accounts Chamber, sounded the alarm in an interview to the TV channel Rossyia 1. “We have big problems with Roskosmos,” he said, before listing them: “Procurement procedures are carried out incorrectly, prices are too high, some funds are spent on unfinished projects or on projects that are simply idle, funds on several accounts have not been used for months. And besides that, several billions have been lost – which means, in essence, stolen.”
In its report, the Accounts Chamber recorded 151 irregularities in the work of Roskosmos in 2017 only. In total, up to 785.5 billion rubles ($10.4 billion) were affected. That represents 40% of all violations reported by the Accounts Chamber in 2017, according to Gazeta.ru.
Following this revelation, Roskosmos declared that they were aware of the report conclusions which should be addressed by the new administration (appointed in May 2018). Dmitry Rogozin, head of the agency, asked for an audit to be carried out by the Chamber on all companies participating to the Russian space program. He also approved an anti-corruption plan that should be enforced throughout 2018 and 2020.
On October 11, 2018, Roskosmos was already under scrutiny following a problem with the Soyuz program, the only means of transportation between Earth and the ISS. The MS-10 Soyuz rocket which was supposed to carry American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station (ISS), suffered an engine failure shortly after taking off, forcing the two astronauts to eject.