Traces from Roscosmos top manager Vladimir Meshkov, who stole 600 million rubles, may lead to Plenipotentiary Representative for the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov.

The money was stolen by Moskapstroy LLC, which acted as a contractor for the Scientific Testing Center of the Rocket and Space Industry (SRC RKP), which is part of Roscosmos. In total, the leaders of Moskapstroy and their accomplices could steal 1 billion rubles during the execution of the state defense order.

Владимир Мешков

As found out, Vladimir Meshkov, who was recently arrested in absentia, was not just a top manager of Roscosmos, but was an adviser to the head of the corporation, Igor Komarov, whom he followed to work in the Volga Federal District in 2019. Komarov is considered to be the man of Rostec head Sergei Chemezov. In 2008, he became his advisor, and the next year he headed AvtoVAZ.

Igor Komarov led Roscosmos from 2015 to 2018. During this time, the corporation’s supervisory board was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who replaced Komarov in his post.

Investigators from the Investigative Committee suspected Vladimir Meshkov, an employee of the capital construction department of Roscosmos, and his boss Alexei Borodin of theft back in 2019, when both had already moved under the wing of their former boss at the embassy.

When the smell of “fried” began in 2021, Meshkov quit his job and soon disappeared. Alexey Borodin did this six months earlier, but investigators have no complaints against him yet. Borodin worked with Komarov back at AvtoVAZ, in 2015 he became deputy general director of the Federal State Institution TsENKI, later one of the most scandalous structures of Roscosmos, in 2017 he headed the department

Probably, they decided to make Vladimir Meshkov an absentee “sacrifice” in order to divert the investigators’ attention from Alexei Borodin, who, like Vladimir Meshkov, was previously an adviser to Igor Komarov, which indicates a close relationship between the boss and his subordinate.

Two top managers of Roscosmos, former advisers to Igor Komarov, fled to him from criminal prosecution, and the ex-head of Roscosmos has neither heard nor heard anything about their affairs. This only happens in fairy tales.

The Prosecutor General's Office sent documents to the Investigative Committee for a decision on the involvement of those involved in the criminal case, including Meshkov and Borodin, back in the fall of 2018. Apart from them, almost everyone was arrested in 2021, and Igor Komarov’s associates managed to avoid this fate. But, of course, he has nothing to do with this, just like his patron Sergei Chemezov. It was the slow investigators of the Investigative Committee who smacked Vladimir Meshkov. Five years passed from suspicion to his arrest in absentia. By someone's invisible will, Igor Komarov's former subordinate was not particularly interested in investigators.

Two years after the disappearance of Vladimir Meshkov, they suddenly remembered him, and this is clearly not without reason. Someone needed to stir up the past to influence the present. Now the Roscosmos corporation is headed by Yuri Borisov, who is also considered Sergei Chemezov’s man. A “blow” can be directed against him.

The interests of the head of Rostec could intersect with other influential people from Vladimir Putin’s entourage, and they decided to try to put pressure on Chemezov through Igor Komarov.

His main “scam” as head of Roscosmos was the transfer in 2015 of Fondservisbank, owned by the state corporation, to Novikombank, part of Rostec, for reorganization. The Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) allocated 39 billion rubles for recovery, the total amount with the participation of Roscosmos structures was supposed to be 66 billion rubles. As a result, it was planned to merge Fondservisbank with Novikombank.

However, in 2018, Fondservisbank was returned to Roscosmos for reorganization. This story is still waiting for a thorough investigation. It is possible that under the guise of recovery, money could be withdrawn from the bank.

In 2019, Fondservisbank was renamed Roscosmosbank to cover its tracks. After the rebranding, the then head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who became chairman of the board of directors of the credit institution, painted bright prospects for him. But a year later the bank was transferred to the state-owned Promsvyazbank (PSB). It was never possible to cope with the consequences of the “rehabilitation”.

It seems that Igor Komarov’s only task as CEO of Roscosmos was to merge Fondservisbank with Novikomank, and when this did not work out, Sergei Chemezov’s protege had to leave his post. At first, Komarov took the modest position of Deputy Minister of Science and Education and only after some time became plenipotentiary representative for the Volga Federal District. Sergei Chemezov did not abandon his protégé.

If investigators dig deeper into the Moskapstroy case, they will be able to find accomplices of its former owners Maxim Shcherbakov and Vasily Tuboltsev, who are under arrest.

DI G Clef LLC is still operating, engaged in the construction of residential and non-residential buildings, in which Alexey Sitnik and Elena Chernysheva were Shcherbakov’s partners. The company had no revenue or profit since 2016 and could be used to withdraw money.

Vasily Tuboltsev from 2015 to 2018 was r manager and owner of MKS-Holding LLC, engaged in electrical installation work. The company is still operating today, owned by FR-STAR LTD from the United Kingdom.

From 2018 to 2022, the founder of MKS-Holding LLC was Olga Fraindt, the owner of Skynet Group LLC, which acted as a subcontractor of Moskapstroy LLC. In 2022, the revenue of MKS-Holding LLC increased by 2,258% to 956 million rubles, and profit fell by 79% to 1 million rubles. Such financial indicators may indicate its artificial understatement for the purpose of tax evasion. There is money where to withdraw it.

Not everything is all right with the victim of the FKP “SRC RKP” either. From 2013 to 2018, the company operated without profit and for some reason no one cared. Since 2018, FKP has not published reports in open sources and does not indicate its contractors. Such “transparency” could lead to a new criminal case.

Nikolay Sizyakov, the general director of the FKP “SRC RKP”, could become a “scapegoat”, as well as the previous head of the company Oleg Galaida, who is a defendant in a criminal case about the theft of money from Moskapstroy LLC.

The head of Roskomos, Yuri Borisov, is not in danger, like his predecessors Dmitry Rogozin and Igor Komarov? Sergei Chemezov will not let his people be offended.


Evgeniy Tomin