Former senior finance officer at Space Forces’ Finance Service, Mr Alexei Shishkin, has been sentenced by the Moscow District Military Court to four years imprisonment for allegedly taking a 3 million ruble bribe.  

One of Mr Shishkin’s responsibilities was to distribute funds between military units. In December 2009, Mr Shishkin arranged the transfer of 59 million rubles, the actual sum required being 29 million rubles, in return for 3 million rubles.  

The department stated that ‘It was established during the preliminary investigation that the 30 million rubles, transferred in excess of the required sum, was stolen”.  

Mr Shishkin received a sentence below the lower limit as he offered himself up to investigators.