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Firefly savior Max Polyakov gives away his stock

Capitalism in space: Forced by the Biden administration to leave the smallsat rocket company Firefly Aerospace because he is not a U.S. citizen, the billionaire Max Polyakov — who brought the company back from bankruptcy — has now sold his 58% share to the company’s founder, Tom Markusic for one dollar.

His announcement of this decision did not speak well of the federal government:

I am giving up for 1 usd consideration all my 58% stake in Firefly to my co-founder and partner Tom. Dear CFIUS, Air Force and 23 agencies of USA who betrayed me and judge me in all your actions for past 15 months . I hope now you are happy . History will judge all of you guys. Max love Ukraine and yes I have Ukrainian passport and I am Founder of Firefly !!! Bye my “bird” and at the end of the days I proud what I done for my Land soul and heritage !!!

While it is generally not a good idea to have a non-U.S. citizen controlling a rocket company, Polyakov’s record here was outstandingly positive, for the U.S. Moreover, the Ukraine is a strong ally of the U.S., or used to be. To force him out for no reason seems irrational. A more rational approach would have been for the government to insist on monitoring his actions closely, so that only if he appeared to be acting against our interests would it act.

Polyakov’s decision to give Markusic the company further proves his good will. Too bad we have now lost him.

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4 comments

  • Questioner

    Mr. Zimmerman said: “While it is generally not a good idea to have a non-U.S. citizen controlling a rocket company,”

    Why that? Freedom in America is very limited when it comes down to it.

  • Andrew_W

    “While it is generally not a good idea to have a non-U.S. citizen controlling a rocket company,”

    I also don’t see the why that. Is Peter Beck also going to be forced out of the US rocket company he founded? Elon is a US citizen, but that citizenship doesn’t tie him to the US, he could legally return to SA, what ties him to American are his other interests and investments in the country.

  • Edward

    Perhaps Polyakov’s next space startup will fare well, too.

  • Jeff Wright

    Polyakov is not only a greater patriot than the squatter in the White House-he’s a greater patriot than what we have in the Pentagon…do-nothing rear-eschelon types who confused him with the fictional character from Tinker Tailor.

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