We will line you up against the wall and shoot you

The title above is from a book about the early days of the Soviet space program. Well, the president of the Khrunichev State Production and Research Center, Alexander Medvedev in Moscow was fired on Tuesday of this week, according to news reports, by the President of Russia, no less. I’m just guessing here, but I’ll bet all of his many pictures have already been taken down from the production facility, which I’ve visited many times. I know somebody who is at Khrunichev in Moscow this week, and I’ve asked him to check out the picture situation for me. I’ll report on the findings when they get here.

I hope Mr. Medvedev can console himself with the knowledge that, even if he has become a non-person in Russia, at least they’re not likely to shoot him.

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