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The slogan of the 100th anniversary of Bahrain Police

The slogan of the 100th anniversary of Bahrain Police

The Ministry of Interior celebrates the centenary of the formation of Bahrain police that reflects sacrifices, the performance of duties and allegiance to His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalif...

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19 Nov 2019

Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny tainted by massive theft

A Soyuz rocket launch at Vostochny cosmodrome (5 Jul 19)
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Russia's new Vostochny space centre has lost at least 11bn roubles (£133m; $172m) through theft and top officials have been jailed.

So what went wrong with President Vladimir Putin's pet project?

Russia's Federal Investigative Committee (SK) says it is handling 12 more criminal cases linked to theft in this mega-project, which Mr Putin sees as a strategic priority for Russia, because of its huge commercial potential.

The longest jail term handed down so far was 11-and-a-half years for Yuri Khrizman, former head of state construction firm Dalspetsstroy.

Prof Mark Galeotti, a Russia expert at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), told the BBC the Vostochny scandal highlighted the scale of corruption in Mr Putin's huge state bureaucracy.

"How can you deal with it without declaring war on your own elite? He's not prepared to do that. This dependency on mega-projects almost invariably creates massive opportunities for embezzlement," Mr Galeotti said.

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