Russian space agency spokesman slams 'information attack'
By Associated Press
Dec 4, 2018 9:10 AM CST
A police APC drives prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-11 space ship with U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut ?leg Kononenko? and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques, members of the mission to the International Space Station at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 3,...  (Associated Press)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian space agency Roscosmos is bemoaning the endless stream of bad publicity that it says is designed to curb its funding.

The agency's press secretary, Vladimir Ustimenko, said Tuesday in an interview published by the RIA Novosti news agency, that Roscosmos is facing an "information attack."

He said the goal of those slamming Roscosmos at home and abroad is to "deprive us" of state funding, "which today is almost 20 times less than that of the NASA budget."

The Russian space program has been plagued by construction mishaps, launch failures, corruption scandals and allegations of misusing federal funds over the past decade.

Recently, Alexei Kudrin, head of Russia's Accounts Chamber, a federal budget watchdog, said the financial situation at Roscosmos is "astonishing."

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