Russia fires controversial space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin

It’s official: Dmitry Rogozin, director general of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has been dismissed.

After years of make inflammatory statements which drew international criticism, Rogozin will now be replaced. According to an official statement from the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree (opens in a new tab) dismissing Rogozin from office on Friday 15 July. The decree simply states that Putin “will release Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin from the post of General Director of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos“, and that the decree “enters into force from the date of its signature” (translation by Google).

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