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Russia: Putin says Vostochny culprits could face jail terms, after failed launch02:48

Russia: Putin says Vostochny culprits could face jail terms, after failed launch

Russian Federation, Vostochny Cosmodrome
April 27, 2016 at 17:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday, in order to personally investigate the reasons for the delay of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket launch, while also commenting on possible criminal investigations related to the space port's construction.

During the press conference, Putin announced to the assembled workers and contracters that six criminal cases have been opened and four people have been arrested in connection with possible crimes during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. He went on to warn of prison sentences for the two suspects under house arrest as well, saying "two of them are under house arrest, but, if they are found guilty, they will leave a warm bed and go to a prison cell, I do not doubt this."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket, which is due to put three satellites into orbit, was forced to delay its launch by 24 hours.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday, in order to personally investigate the reasons for the delay of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket launch, while also commenting on possible criminal investigations related to the space port's construction.

During the press conference, Putin announced to the assembled workers and contracters that six criminal cases have been opened and four people have been arrested in connection with possible crimes during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. He went on to warn of prison sentences for the two suspects under house arrest as well, saying "two of them are under house arrest, but, if they are found guilty, they will leave a warm bed and go to a prison cell, I do not doubt this."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket, which is due to put three satellites into orbit, was forced to delay its launch by 24 hours.

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