Russia space agency 'bans foreign travel'

Dec 15, 2011

They may be working to reach the final frontier, but employees of Russian space agency Roscosmos face going no further than Russia for their holidays.

Roscosmos' new chief Vladimir Popovkin has imposed a formal ban on managers and staff employed by its rocket-making subsidiaries taking holidays abroad, the Izvestia daily said, quoting an internal directive.

The Soviet-style edict applies to workers who are judged to have knowledge of particularly important or secret information connected to Russia's rocket industry.

It applies not only to subsidiaries of Roscosmos but also companies with which it has concluded contracts for work deemed to be of a sensitive nature, Izvestia said.

The only exception, it said, is if an employee can prove that they are in need of medical treatment abroad that is unavailable in .

"This is an official document and it is part of other official rules about questions of ensuring security," the head of at Roscosmos Alexei Kuznetsov told the newspaper.

Izvestia said the ruling means the chiefs of Roscosmos agencies in the rocket industry will essentially be banned from leaving Russia, a prospect that has not been greeted with enthusiasm.

Their foreign travel passports will be kept by their company and only given out after a number of bureaucratic formalities are fulfilled.

The deputy head of a prominent agency told the paper that he planned to get a doctor's note which would allow him to travel abroad despite the change in rules.

"I'll be doing that next week. I want to go somewhere warm and in Russia in winter there is nowhere for me to take a holiday," said the official, who was not named.

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ScottyB
not rated yet Dec 15, 2011
lol that is ridiculous, they have been using the same rocket technology for decades. Good ol' Russian paranoia
rawa1
1 / 5 (1) Dec 15, 2011
Well, we are returning slowly into cold war era times..
kaasinees
not rated yet Dec 15, 2011
WW3 is coming it seems.
rawa1
1 / 5 (7) Dec 15, 2011
WW3 is coming it seems.

We should adopt cold fusion faster. All physicists equipped with research potential are responsible for its ignorance and they should be punished for it. The lack of fossil fuel (high prices of energy in general) is stressing international relations too much. But the return to cold war practices doesn't imply necessarily, the war is nearing. We faced it last fifty years.
Ethelred
5 / 5 (3) Dec 15, 2011
My that was an exceedingly over the top STUPID post by you Zephir. Stunning in its derangement and total disconnect from reality.

Completely irrelevant to the article at that EXCEPT that it is the sort of thinking that Roscosmos is engaged only more moronic.

Ethelred
omatumr
Dec 15, 2011
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FrankHerbert
0.8 / 5 (50) Dec 15, 2011
^report abuse

I have no desire to learn omatumr's theories on dealing with "delinquent teenagers". I'm assuming it involves pederasty.

"The Paranoid Style in American Politics"
http://karws.gso....yle.html

"THE DOUBLE SUFFERER
...
We are all sufferers from history, but the paranoid is a double sufferer, since he is afflicted not only by the real world, with the rest of us, but by his fantasies as well."
omatumr
1 / 5 (6) Dec 16, 2011
employees of Russian space agency Roscosmos face going no further than Russia for their holidays.

The Soviet-style edict applies to workers who are judged to have knowledge of particularly important or secret information connected to Russia's rocket industry.

It applies not only to subsidiaries of Roscosmos but also companies with which it has concluded contracts for work deemed to be of a sensitive nature, Izvestia said."


Thanks for the information.

We live in interesting times.

Seemingly trivial details in "business as usual" turn out later to have been significant.

http://noconsensu...nt-62436

What happened to the Russian Mars spacecraft supposedly stuck in Earth's orbit?

http://planetsave...e-entry/

Again, thanks for the story.

Best wishes for the holidays,
Oliver K. Manuel
http://myprofile....anuelo09
Ethelred
5 / 5 (3) Dec 16, 2011
3. Out of control, like a "Delinquent Teenager"
Sounds more like you Oliver. Spamming nonsense is the good part of your life. Your behavior towards teens and even preteens that were under you power was a cause of 'delinquency'.

I would rather not bring it up but hat was an astounding bit hypocrisy even for you. Just more evidence that some people just pretend to change.

Ethelred