[FPSPACE] Roscosmos director asked to resign
Constantine A Domashnev
cdomashnev at acm.org
Thu Mar 22 16:25:33 EDT 2012
05:55 22/03/2012 MSK MOSCOW, RIA Novosti
Dmitry Rogozin, Russian deputy prime minister in charge of space and
defense, strongly condemned the mutual accusations exchanged by the Russian
space agency and a space industry contractor, his spokeswoman said.
Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and the state-financed space industry
contractor Russian Space Systems accused each other on Wednesday of
financial and organizational mismanagement.
“Dmitry Rogozin is extremely critical about the scandal around Roscosmos. He
categorically prohibited the management and employees of subordinate
structures to publicly discuss this issue,” the deputy premier’s spokeswoman
Lidiya Mikhailova said. She quoted Rogozin as saying that “such public
disagreements and strong accusations may do significant damage to the
Russian space industry.”
On Wednesday a letter was posted on the Russian Space Systems website,
proposing that Popovkin leave his post. The letter, signed by Russian Space
Systems deputy head Ivan Golub, accused the Roscosmos chief of “illegal
audits” and “creating uncontrolled structures.” It was later removed from
the website on the grounds that it was intended for internal use and was
released by a mistake.
The letter triggered an angry reaction from the Russian space agency. A
spokesman said those who wrote it tried to “excuse themselves,” while
Popovkin’s spokeswoman Anna Vedishcheva said it was a part of a “media
provocation” against her boss.
The Russian Space Systems accusations apparently come as a response to
Popovkin’s comments on Monday. The official accused “space industry
contractors” of disseminating false rumors about him because they were
dissatisfied with his attempt to reform the industry.
Popovkin was hospitalized earlier this month because of exhaustion caused by
a hectic schedule and frequent jet lags, according to official statements.
Some media reported it was due to injuries sustained in a brawl.
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