Money on the Russian space telescope stolen

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Photo: Alexey Filippov / RIA Novosti

Police are investigating a criminal case on embezzlement of budget funds allocated for the creation of a space telescope T-170M, which, according to developers, should be a direct competitor to the American “Hubble”. This is with reference to sources reports “Kommersant”.

Case about swindle in especially large size was initiated in December, the investigation also involved members of the FSB. According to investigators, the stolen more than 28.5 million rubles, but the amount of estimated damages may increase.

It is known that this money was allocated to the enterprise “Inkos” on contracts with the Institute of astronomy of RAS on the production of technical equipment for telescope mirrors and various scientific instruments and to conduct special operations. However, in reality, find the law enforcement agencies, all work was performed by employees of NPO Lavochkin, which in partnership with the Institute of astronomy was tasked with creating the telescope. In General, the creation of various elements of the telescope were allocated two billion rubles.

“Roscosmos”, which includes NGOs, refused to comment on the investigation on the merits.

Launch of the space Observatory was planned for 1997, but the project is still not functioning. In the summer of 2018, Roskosmos, announced the postponement of the start of the basic elements of the complex at 2024.

The developers suggest that the Observatory is able to provide a breakthrough in astronomy and astrophysics, giving scientists new opportunities for space exploration and various objects in it. The main element of the complex should become a super telescope T-170M.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, passed TASS, in August of 2018 has set the task to bring the space industry to a new level of quality.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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