MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL, 12 (RUSSIA OUT) Russians President Vladimir Putin (C) and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (R) observe the exposition of missiles at the Cosmos pavillion space industry exhibiton on April 12, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Russians mark Cosmonaut day on April.12 in honour of first flight in space of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961. ( Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired this Friday by decree the head of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos), Dmitry Rogozin, known for his abrasive style and extreme nationalism.
Rogozin, 58, will be replaced by Yuri Borissov, who until now held the post of deputy prime minister responsible for the Russian military-industrial complex, which also includes the space sector. Borissov, 65, comes from the military ranks.
Dmitri Rogozin, who rose to the leadership of Roscosmos in 2018, stood out in the monotonous world of Russian bureaucrats with the publication of ‘memes’ on the social network Twitter or flashy and provocative phrases on the social network Telegram.
In five years in this position, however, he has been unable to stem the decline of the Russian space industry, hampered by a lack of innovation, corruption, and being obsolete. In 2020, Russia lost its monopoly on sending rockets into space using Soyuz launchers, with the arrival on the scene of SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk.
Since the Russian offensive against Ukraine on February 24, Rogozin, who was also the Russian ambassador to NATO, has made belligerent statements towards the West, praising the destruction that Russian nuclear weapons could inflict. Russian-Western cooperation in the space field was also hampered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This shift comes against a backdrop of rising Russian-Western tensions. The Russians and the Americans accuse each other of military ambitions in space. The Russian space agency Roscosmos works in both civil and military fields.
Source: With Agencies