Competitor Elon Musk did not enter orbit – Kommersant Novosibirsk

Krasnoyarsk police in Krasnodar have arrested a well-known businessman Maxim Kulikov, who was added to the list of wanted persons for fraud on a particularly large scale. Due to his ambitious plans to create a private cosmonaut, the businessman was named Krasnoyarsk Elon Musk: he founded the National Space Company and planned to test the Siberian orbital launch vehicle in 2023. The allegations in the investigation relate to the activities of Mr. Kul Sovet credit union, whose depositors lost a total of about 340 million rubles.

In Kuban, the chairman of the board of one of Krasnoyarsk credit unions has been arrested and is wanted for fraud, the press service of the Central Directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry for Krasnoyarsk Territory reported. The department does not name the suspect, according to Kommersant-Siberia, we are talking about the head of the Soviet cooperative, 33-year-old Maxim Kulikov.

The credit union “Council”, mentioned in the case, opened in 2016. Its offices operated in many areas of Krasnoyarsk Territory, accepting deposits with interest rates significantly higher than those of banks (up to 19% per annum). In mid-May 2019, the Bank of Russia issued an order to the cooperative that bans the raising of funds, the entry of new members and the issuance of loans. The regulator then filed an administrative claim with the court for the liquidation of the cooperative, which, according to the regulator, committed serious breaches with regard to the completeness and reliability of the presentation of information, internal accounting, the formation process and write-off of reserves. for possible losses from loans, etc.

In 2021, law enforcement agencies conducted a review of numerous complaints from shareholders who were dissatisfied with the fact that they were not paid interest for the use of their funds for a long time, while they were also denied the return of deposits. Following this, a criminal case was opened for fraud on a particularly large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Penal Code of the Russian Federation, the maximum penalty for this is up to 10 years in prison).

At the cooperative’s offices, police conducted searches, confiscated office equipment, documents and seals of the organization. Investigators have found that about 340 million rubles were stolen, belonging to more than 800 cooperative investors, more than 400 people have been identified as victims. Several shareholders have in the past filed claims against the financial institution for debt collection and compensation for the use of personal savings. They managed to recover from the “Council” amounts of 100 thousand rubles. up to 4 million rubles

In August 2021 and March 2022, law enforcement officers arrested two employees of the management of a financial institution. The chairman of the board of the “Soviet” cooperative was placed on a federal wanted list. Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department found him in Krasnodar, where the businessman recently lived. The businessman is taken to Krasnoyarsk, where he will be charged. It was not possible to contact his lawyer.

Maxim Kulikov graduated from the Siberian Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. In 2019, a lawyer interested in space and private astronautics founded the National Space Company with an authorized capital of 10 million rubles. “Our company focuses on the development of a means of delivery in orbit – a light rocket. A small space truck that will not compete with Roskosmos “trucks” but will work together to meet the demand for sending various payloads into space. After all, now we do not offer anyone to invest in the project or buy a launch from us. We know that the market requires such a service. The offer will be in demand in Russia and the CIS countries. This is the data of a rigorous multilevel analysis. “This is his job tomorrow,” he said in an interview with Kommersant-Siberia in 2020.

In 2023, the businessman, nicknamed Krasnoyarsk Elon Musk by the local media, planned to test the Siberian launch vehicle. In March 2022, according to SPARK-Interfax data, operations on NCC accounts were suspended by decision of the tax service. The reason was non-submission of tax return.

Konstantin Voronov

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