Russian Head of Baikonur Resigns

Proton rocket
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The Russian head of the Baikonur Cosmodrome has resigned.

Yevgeny Anisimov, who headed the space center since 2010, was recently summoned to Moscow and pressured to sign a letter of resignation. RIA Novosti reports that Anisimov, who had worked at Baikonur for almost 30 years, “will likely be reappointed to a position at Russia’s space launch coordination body.”

Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported that Anisimov had reportedly clashed with his superiors at Roscosmos. The Russian space agency was recently placed under new management after an embarrassing and costly series of launch failures.