Kazakhstan has seized the property of “Roskosmos”, namely the Center for Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Operation (CGBSIO). The court made the decision in compliance with the international sanctions regime against russia for military aggression against Ukraine and the occupation of its territories, including Crimea. The arrested company is a subsidiary of “Roskosmos” and the main operator of the aggressor’s spaceport. The information is provided by “KZ24”.
In the city of Baikonur, rented from Kazakhstan, the russian authorities began to recruit residents for the war against Ukraine. The head of the city administration has already allegedly promised the newly minted pseudo-soldiers 260,000 rubles ($3,500) each. Earlier, the Majilis of Kazakhstan (the lower house of parliament) sent an appeal to the Baikonur administration regarding the criminal “action” held in support of the war against Ukraine. Later, President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev decided to change the city administration, despite excuses from the russian side that the residents allegedly “have the right to participate in the action if they wish.
Also, the first deputy head of Kazakhstan’s presidential administration, Timur Suleimenov, said that Kazakhstan will not help russia circumvent sanctions. President Tokayev confirmed this publicly, and earlier, the Kazakh stock exchange completely renounced ties with russia. The next step was the arrest of the property of the russian cosmodrome in Baikonur, which first became known on March 7, but only now the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan Bagdat Musin confirmed to journalists: “The property of the company was arrested, the CGBSIO management is now in Kazakhstan, we are negotiating with him”.
He also noted that the court of Kazakhstan has decided to levy more than 13.5 billion tenge (about $ 30 million) in favor of JSC “Joint Kazakh-russian venture Baiterek. It is known that the process began allegedly in connection with the failure to fulfill obligations of the contract for the development of the project complex “Baiterek”, which the russian company received from the joint venture. “Roskosmos” was supposed to study the impact of the cosmodrome on the environment, but it did not happen, which is not surprising, because this is a classic behavior of the russians.