The Arbitration Court partially satisfied the claim of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to recover from the Samara Rocket and Space Center Progress JSC more than 2.1 billion rubles. The trial began last November. In January of this year, the court began to consider the case behind closed doors, because "from Progress we received documents that were labeled" Secret "." According to information from SPARK-Interfax, the claim of the Ministry of Defense is related to the protection of business reputation.
The Moscow Arbitration Court ruled on the claim of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to recover from the Samara RCC "Progress" more than 2.1 billion rubles. As stated in the electronic file of the case on the court's website, the claim was partially satisfied. In the decision, the details of the dispute were replaced by the phrase “the judicial act was adopted in closed session”. The lawsuit against Progress went to court in November last year. In January of this year, the judge received documents from the Rocket and Space Center with the "Secret" stamp, which is why the consideration of the claim was transferred to a closed regime. According to SPARK-Interfax, the Defense Ministry's claim is related to the protection of business reputation.
JSC "RCC" Progress "was established in 2014. The owner of the organization is the Federal Property Management Agency. The company develops, manufactures and operates medium-range launch vehicles used to launch manned and transport vehicles to the International Space Station, as well as launch foreign payloads. Also, the Rocket and Space Center is involved in the development of satellite reconnaissance satellites. The RCC is headed by Dmitry Baranov. According to SPARK-Interfax, in 2018 Progress's revenue amounted to RUB 28 billion, profit - RUB 1.6 billion. Financial statements for a later period have not been published.
Former General Director of Progress Alexander Kirillin is accused of committing crimes under Part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Appropriation and Waste”) and Part 1 of Art. 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Abuse of powers"). According to the investigation, from 2011 to December 2016, Mr. Kirilin entered into an agreement with Soyuzobschemashimport LLC for the purchase of a hydraulic exhaust press at an inflated cost - more than 125 million rubles. In addition, on his initiative, employees of FSUE TsSKB-Progress were sent on a business trip to Germany - during a business trip they spent over 745 thousand rubles in addition. As a result, the total damage caused to the enterprise exceeded 126 million rubles, investigators believe. In addition, according to law enforcement officials, in 2017, Alexander Kirilin "committed embezzlement, that is, theft of the property entrusted to him, in the amount of more than 3.5 million rubles." In October 2019, the Kirovsky District Court returned the criminal case to the prosecutor's office.
The country's Defense Ministry has filed lawsuits against the Samara Rocket and Space Center six times, usually related to the failure of Progress to fulfill its obligations under the supply agreement. The largest of them - for 421 million rubles - was filed in July last year. The case was also classified. At the end of last month, the court granted the claim in part.
Progress refused to comment on the customer's claims. “Since the Defense Ministry won the lawsuit, please contact them,” Olga Gurina, head of the PR and media department of the missile center, told Kommersant. As the lawyer, partner of Bishenov & Partners Bureau Anzhelika Reshetnikova explained, due to the presence of information related to state secrets in the case, the parties have no right to disclose any information about the course of the hearing and about the decision.
Dmitry Gorbunov, partner of Rustam Kurmaev & Partners, suggested that, taking into account the amount of the claim, the subject of the dispute could be either design work related to the state defense order, or the supply of any missile technology related to the implementation of the country's defense interests.