Saturday, May 26, 2018

Rogozin to Roskosmos: A Fading Politician Sent to a Failing Agency

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 25 – The appointment of Dmitry Rogozin, who had been a deputy prime minister, to head Roskosmos, has gotten so mixed up with an American news agency report about the failure of a launch of a missile Vladimir Putin had invested his prestige in that the larger picture has been lost sight of.

            And that larger picture is this: Rogozin is a fading politician, and the agency he has been named to head is failing to the point that many Russian commentators speak about it as a “dying” institution headed toward a complete demise ( and

            The Russian space agency is in trouble, with a rising tide of failures and massive corruption and an especially bad first quarter in which the US report captured only a tiny part of its problems (, and

            The American media reported about a single missile failure in a test flight (, but in fact there have been at least four unsuccessful missile tests in recent weeks (

            The new space facility in the Russian Far East isn’t ready, the victim  of corruption and mismanagement, even as Moscow pulls out of its former center at Baikonur in Kazakhstan ( and

            And as a result of both sanctions and American investment at home, Russia is only months away from losing its only winning card in this sector: the ability to send astronauts and cosmonauts to the international space station (

            Rogozin has thus been given an Augean stables to clean out. If he succeeds, he will likely resume a more successful political career. But if as more likely he fails, both his career and Russian space aspirations are likely to be put on hold for a long time to come. 

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