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Kremlin confirms Putin reprimanded Russia's top space industry officials

April 28, 2016, 15:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW April, 28. /TASS

It was earlier reported that Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation and the builders of the spaceport on the first launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome

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Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Rogozin and Igor Komarov (right to left)

Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Rogozin and Igor Komarov (right to left)

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MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has reprimanded Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and head of the Roscosmos space corporation Igor Komarov, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told TASS.

"Yes," said Peskov when asked if it was true Putin had reprimanded Rogozin and Komarov.

Earlier, the website of the business daily Kommersant said Putin had reprimanded the head of the Roscosmos corporation and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin after the inaugural launch of an unmanned space rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome was postponed. The daily said the CEO of the research and production association NPO Automatics, Leonid Shalimov was warned of his partial professional ineptitude.

Shalimov made no comment to TASS.

First rocket launched from Russia's new spaceport on second try

A Soyuz-2.1 a rocket with three Russian satellites onboard - Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 - was successfully launched from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region at 5:01 a.m. Moscow time (02:01GMT) on Thursday.

This was a maiden launch for Russia’s new spaceport. The rocket was launched at second attempt. The blastoff initially scheduled for Wednesday morning was delayed by the automatic system due to a malfunction of a cable.

It was eralier reported that Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation and the builders of the Far Eastern Vostochny spaceport on the successful launch.

The president pointed out that the fact that automatic control systems aborted the first launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket on April 27 was a safety measure that confirmed the high quality of the whole system.

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