Report alleges corruption in Russian missile corporation

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says law enforcement agencies would look at a Russian newspaper’s claim of high-level corruption at the state-controlled KTRV missile corporation.

The independent Novaya Gazeta said Wednesday that Olga Zorikova, the 29-year-old daughter of KTRV director Boris Obnosov, partly owns the business that handles the bulk of the corporation’s contracts. The newspaper said its findings resulted from a months-long open-source investigation that looked into activities of KTRV and affiliated companies.

There was no immediate comment from Zorikova or Obnosov, 65. who has frequently met President Vladimir Putin and advised him on new weapons.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin was aware of the report but refrained from comment on the claims. He told reporters that Russian law enforcement agencies would decide if the allegations merit a probe.

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