Russia wrote off a $1.5 billion debt owed it by the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan as part of its lease deal for the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Kazakh territory, according to a news report here. If true, the report by Russian NTV (Independent Television) could mean that cash for infrastructure improvements at the aging launch facility will be in short supply just as it begins to play an important role in supporting the International Space Station program. The Russian ...


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