Corruption tarnishes Russia’s new showpiece cosmodrome

Moscow (AFP) May 31, 2015

Designed to showcase a revamped space industry and divert attention from recent failures, Russia’s multi-billion-dollar project to build its own space launch pad to take over from Soviet-era Baikonur has been mired in corruption scandals.

Hailed by President Vladimir Putin as the country’s biggest construction project, it has an estimated budget of 300 billion rubles ($5.8 billion, 5.3 billi —> Read More