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Roscosmos Head Says Baikonur Cosmodrome's Security Strengthened Amid Rallies in Kazakhstan

© Roscosmos / Go to the mediabankThe Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft being launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft being launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.01.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian forces have strengthened armed protection over the Baikonur Cosmodrome's key objects amid rallies in Kazakhstan, Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos Head Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.
Rogozin noted that the situation at the Baikonur Cosmodrome is calm as "Roscosmos' branches, law enforcement bodies, city services and organizations are working in the routine mode."
"The operational headquarters established under the Baikonur administration fully controls the situation in the city. The armed protection of the cosmodrome's key objects was strengthened," he posted on Telegram channel.
The Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in Kazakhstan, is the first and the largest acting spaceport constructed by the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the USSR, the spaceport has been leased to Russia by Kazakhstan until 2050. The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the main base of operations for Russia for testing and launching spacecrafts. It is jointly managed by Roscosmos and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
A police barricade is seen near the mayor's office during protests triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 5, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.01.2022
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