Russian Duma Unanimously Rubber Stamps Government Takeover of Space Industry

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

MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Russian Federation Federal Assembly State Duma deputies gave the bill “On Public Space Corporation Roscosmos” its first reading and approved it unanimously. On May 19, 2015 the parliamentarians from all groups raised their voices for setting up a new public corporation: altogether 442 affirmative voices as said in the message published on site of Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

Draft Law stipulates setting up Public Corporation Roscosmos that will be responsible for pursuing state policy in space exploration, giving public services and management of state property, as well as conduct regulatory-legal activities in space-related business.

Primary objectives of the Corporation being established are to ensure efforts to build rocket-space technology; develop and use global navigation satellite system GLONASS; international activity aimed to explore and efficiently use space; supervise work being performed at Baikonur Cosmodrome and Vostochny Cosmodrome.

As resolved by the State Duma, the bill was forwarded to the Russian Federation President, Council of Federation, parliamentary committees, commissions and groups, the Russian Federation Government. The bill shall be amended within ten days.

Editor’s Note:  The Roscomos press release said the measure was approved “by a solid vote.” Either solid means unanimous in Russian, or the government didn’t want to admit the Duma has become a rubber stamp for Ruler-for-Life (RFL) Vladimir Putin.

It’s really difficult to imagine that nobody thinks consolidating the entire industry into one massive, government-owned and operated corporation is a bad idea. Somebody must. Whether they’d go against RFL Putin is another question.