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Putin says price tag for brand-new National Space Center to cost about $390 mln

April 12, 18:19 UTC+3 KHIMKI

According to Putin, the center should not only comprise everything directly related to space but should also include an adjacent cluster of correlated fields that the space industry urgently needs

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KHIMKI /near Moscow/, April 12. /TASS/. Russia’s National Space Center, which should become a world-class one, will cost about 25 billion rubles ($389.38 mln) to set up and will create about 20,000 new jobs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

Russia marks Cosmonautics Day on April 12, so the president visited the Energomash rocket plant to oversee promising projects in rocket engineering and to talk to employees.

"The project will cost about 25 billion rubles. We expect that by 2022 the outline [of the center] will have appeared," Putin said.

"We want and I hope that it will look cutting-edge, magnificent and worthy of the industry. Moreover, our scientific and educational prospects would be concentrated there," he stressed.

According to Putin, the center should not only comprise everything directly related to space but should also include an adjacent cluster of correlated fields that the space industry urgently needs, for example materials science.

"I imagine that it can and must turn into a world-class center. It will be definitely fascinating for prospective young specialists like you. I think we will be able to create up to 20,000 new high-class jobs there," Putin said.

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