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Russian Court Jails Subcontractor At Space Center Project

The director-general of a building company working at a Russian space center under construction in the country's Far East has been sentenced to 11 months in prison.

A court in the town of Svobodny found Sergei Terentyev guilty on March 22 of misusing state money and failing to pay salaries to his employees.

Russia is building the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur region to reduce its reliance on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for manned launches.

The project has been dogged by reports of corruption.

In the spring of 2015, workers went on strike at the facility over unpaid wages. They were only paid after appealing directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Terentyev and directors of two other subcontracting firms were later arrested on corruption charges.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax

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