Reuters: Corruption May Be The Source Of Problems in Russian Space Program

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According to Reuter Moscow “a fifth of Russia’s state defence spending is stolen every year by corrupt officials, dishonest generals and crooked contractors.” The press release reports the comments of chief military prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky, who says: “Huge money is being stolen – practically every fifth rouble and the troops are still getting poor quality equipment and arms.”

Fridinsky did not give specific figures, but Russia has set more than 1.5 trillion roubles (32 billion pounds) for national defence in its 2011 budget, indicating theft of more than $10 billion (6 billion pounds) a year from the sector.

In a related story, the Prime Time Russia channel investigates the connection between financial irregularities and the recent string of mishaps of russian launchers.


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Andrea Gini

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Andrea Gini is a scientific journalist and a professional of the space industry, working as a contractor on ISS Payload Safety. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Space Safety Magazine. Andrea is also Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee of the International Association for Advancement in Space Safety (IAASS), publisher of the Space Safety Magazine, and he is responsible for the communication strategy of the association, Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in scientific journalism from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.