Putin orders shake-up at Russia’s space agency Roscosmos

by | Jul 15, 2022 | World

Putin replaces Dmitry Rogozin with Yuri Borisov, a former deputy defence minister, as Russia’s space agency head.President Vladimir Putin has ordered a shake-up at Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, appointing Yuri Borisov, a former deputy prime minister and deputy defence minister, to replace Dmitry Rogozin as the agency’s head.
The change was announced on Friday shortly before Roscosmos said it had signed a landmark deal with NASA regarding integrated flights and crews on the International Space Station (ISS) – a rare instance of cooperation between Russia and the United States at a time of acute tension over the war in Ukraine.
Borisov, 65, who takes over at the helm, has a military background, having been involved with the Russian defence industry since the late 1990s. As deputy prime minister, he oversaw military and space affairs including the production of weapons and equipment.
The Kremlin did not comment on the reasons for the change at the agency.
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Rogozin had taken a confrontational stance since Roscosmos was hit with sanctions after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to invade Ukraine in February.
He had threatened to pull out of the ISS, saying cooperation with the West was “impossible”, and pointedly bragged about Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilities.
Rogozin had touted the capability of Russia’s new Sarmat missile to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, and said it would be operational by late 2022, following successful tests earlier this year.
He also appeared to revel in trolling the West, including by waging Twitter spats with tech billionaire Elon Musk, speaking publicly about Russia’s nuclear missiles, and publ …

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