Rogozin walks back comments on state of Russian space industry

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says comments about the Russian space industry falling behind the U.S. were taken out of context.

Rogozin told Interfax last week that Russia’s space industry “has fallen behind the Americans ninefold” and that even if Russian firms increased their productivity by 150 percent “we will still never catch up with them.”

Rogozin said later that his comments were limited to labor productivity, and not the overall performance of the Russian space industry: “But this absolutely does not mean that we are behind them [the United States] in every other aspect of space exploration.” [Moscow Times]


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