Russian President Vows To Punish Space Officials [RIA Novosti]
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the officials responsible for a string of failures in the space industry must be punished with heavy fines or even criminal penalties, Russia’s official RIA Novosti news agency reported Nov. 27.
The latest failures [in the space industry] seriously harm Russia’s competitiveness,” Medvedev told reporters. “This means that we need to conduct a serious analysis and punish those responsible.”
The most recent Russian failure was the Nov. 9 launch of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was bound for Mars’ largest moon but became stuck in a low Earth orbit