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It appears that the reason work has stalled once again on Russia’s long delayed next module for ISS, the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), is literally because of office politics between government officials.
According to industry sources, the management at the military certification authority apparently ran into worsening relations with the leadership of the space industry.
In other words, there was some spat between the military guy and the space guy, and in revenge the military guy used his authority to stop all work.