Vostochny Project Becoming Increasingly Farcical

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over plans for Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over plans for Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Russia’s multi-billion dollar Vostochny spaceport project has now gone from absurd to farcical.

On the heels of a hunger strike by unpaid workers comes word of another group of more than 500 people who say they haven’t been paid for four months.

The workers have sent a personal appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In very large letters. On the roofs of their workers barracks.

No, I’m not kidding. This comes directly from the you can’t make s— like this up file. Click the link and take a look at the photos.

I think they sent the appeal to the right place. Putin presides over a mafia state where theft and corruption runs rampant. He and his cronies have greatly benefited from it. But, when he actually needs to get something done, his ambitions are hamstrung by the very system he has put into place.

This latest embarrassment will undoubtedly be followed by more firings of those responsible by Putin’s military industrial complex czar, Dmitry Rogozin, who has direct control over the Vostochny project. The question is whether or not Rogozin should be fired for presiding over this sorry mess.

  • Snofru Chufu
  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I’m sure they’ll get checks soon, that will bounce off one of those trampolines the Russians were suggesting we use to get to orbit.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    Hardy folk those Siberians.

  • therealdmt

    Let them eat cake.

  • windbourne

    Personally, I find that sad. I really want to see Russia be a partner in going to the moon and mars. However, with this level of incompetency…..

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    “Russians” weren’t suggesting that. It’s just one stupid politician who needs to be punched in his big mouth.