Rogozin Fires Another Vostochny Construction Head

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was back at the Vostochny spaceport last week to see how well his latest motivational tactic was working. Apparently, not very well.

A week and a half prior to his latest inspection tour, Rogozin had promised to rip the heads off anybody who was slowing down work on the cosmodrome. President Vladimir Putin had decreed the new spaceport will be ready for its first launch in December.

That approach apparently didn’t have the desired effect. During his visit last Tuesday, Rogozin fired Dmitry Savin, head of the main contractor, Dalspetsstroi. He reportedly left with his head intact and will continue to work for Dalspetsstroi.

This was the second firing of a Dalspetsstroi head in less than six months. Savin’s predecessor, Yury Khrizman, was arrested last October for allegedly embezzling 1.8 billion rubles ($30 million).

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    How many scapegoats can you blame before everyone comes realise the real origin of incompetence?.

  • windbourne

    A yes.
    The totalitarian approach to solving things.

  • delphinus100

    “The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am…!”

  • Gary Church

    One out of three rubles paid to the Russians for space transportation goes into the pockets of the Russian mafia. I read that somewhere. I am not going to jump through hoops finding a citation so don’t ask. Take it or leave it. If true it makes every penny we paid or will pay them for rides to the space station to nowhere even more of a national disgrace.

  • Guy Rovella

    The beating will continue until moral improves!

  • It’s too flattering comparison. He’s more like Jabba the Hutt.

  • 1/3 of money – doubtful. Don’t overvalue corruption in the space industry.

  • therealdmt

    Worse yet, what if everyone is fully aware of the real origin of the incompetence….

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    Russia seems to stuck in a continuous cycle of willfully choosing the wrong leaders.

  • Gary Church

    Impossible to prove of course- they don’t keep records. But, you never know. All our corruption is legally carried out on the golf course with obscenely expensive military projects. No way to stop it because it has been going on so long the players have rigged it so they cannot be caught doing anything wrong. Consider the F-35 fighter- the most expensive DOD program in history at over 1 trillion dollars over the next half century. Yet it is widely regarded as….junk. The F-22, that was cancelled because at nearly a quarter billion each when one crashed it was the equivalent of the president declaring a tornado or other natural disaster, the LCS Littoral Combat Ship,The V-22 tilt rotor, Ballistic Missile Defense (it don’t work despite a couple billion in rigged tests designed to prove otherwise) and on and on.

  • therealdmt

    🙁

  • Jim R

    Without Russian engines Atlas V is dead in the water, be careful what you wish for.

    The only all American space solution is SpaceX, buy America, buy SpaceX!

  • windbourne

    I think that we can asertain your comment predicated on your other postings.

  • windbourne

    Jim, all of the engines are here for atlas V to make what is bought. Beyond that, it does not matter.

  • windbourne

    Wow.
    Not a clue for you. The f-35 is expensive, but junk? Not even close.
    The rest of your statements says the same.

  • Gary Church

    Advertising.

  • Gary Church

    You think.

  • Gary Church

    You are not only buying into the NewSpace propaganda but are also a Lockmart defense scam fan. Wow.