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Vostochny Cosmodrome First Launch Slips 3 Years

By Keith Cowing
June 7, 2015
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Vostochny Cosmodrome First Launch Slips 3 Years

Russia Delays First Manned Launch From New Spaceport to 2023, Moscow Times
“The first launch of a manned spacecraft from Russia’s troubled new Vostochny Cosmodrome is slated for 2023, at least three years later than originally planned, the head of the Roscosmos federal space agency, Igor Komarov, said Friday, news agency RIA Novosti reported. Vostochny is a $3 billion spaceport under construction in the Amur region of Russia’s Far East. The project is intended to ensure Russia’s independent access to space by easing reliance on the Soviet-built Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan, but has been plagued by corruption allegations as construction deadlines have slipped.”
Man Driving Diamond-encrusted Mercedes Caught Embezzling Cosmodrome Funds, earlier post
“Alleged to have embezzled four million roubles, video of arrest shows him driving diamond-encrusted Mercedes. A senior director suspected of embezzling funds from the construction of the new Vostochny cosmodrome has been arrested after going on the run.”

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