It’s so bad at the Russian space agency that its director is launching a music career

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has been hit by severe budget cuts, resulting in pay cuts and layoffs. Others have been fired in a corruption scam regarding the construction of the Vostochny Cosomodrome in the country’s far east. (Alexei Navalny, the Putin critic who was poisoned last year, was a bit part of blowing the whistle on this corruption.)

Things have been so bad that the Director General of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has decided that he needed to supplement his earnings with a music career.

To be fair, Rogozin has been writing songs for a long time. Now he’s got this collection of patriotic space songs that’s available through the official Roscosmos website. (I couldn’t find the album, but many you’ll have better luck. It could be that it’s just not available on the English version of the site.)

The album includes “I Fly Above Russia,” which features a dandy accordion solo. Other titles include “We Tear the Sky to Shreds”,” Space Maps Tucked into Tablets,” “Apple Trees Will Bloom on Marts,” “The Grass at Home” and “Above the Earth Flies a Ship.”

(Via the Sydney Morning Herald and Christopher)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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