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Rogozin’s salary rockets upward

The salary of Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos which runs Russia’s entire space industry, has grown from a mere $100K when he took over in 2018 to $1.3 million in 2020.

During the most recent year for which salary data is available, 2020, Rogozin was paid $1.3 million—and this does not include perks of the job, such as four vehicles, real estate holdings, spousal pay, and possibly off-the-books income. Before his imprisonment, Russian critic Alexei Navalny released an investigation of Rogozin and the corruption at Roscosmos that delves into some of these benefits.

Rogozin has seen a stunning rise in his fortunes since coming to Roscosmos. Before his move, he earned about $100,000 per year as deputy chairman in the Russian government. In 2018, his salary jumped to $513,000, and in 2019, it went up to $639,000.

By way of comparison, NASA, which has a budget several times larger than that of Roscosmos, pays Administrator Bill Nelson an annual salary of $185,100.

Rogozin is merely doing what all high level managers in Russia do. They get a job, and while there suck as much cash from it as they can before moving on or getting fired. The gigantic and fast increase in these numbers suggest Rogozin does not expect to remain in charge that much longer.

This pattern is very similar to what happened in the Roman Empire. The Caesar in Rome would appoint governors to the various outlying provinces in Germany, France, England, and the Middle East, who would then skim off for themselves as much cash from tax revenues as they could get away with, then retire back to Rome to live the good life. Meanwhile, governance in those provinces would suffer, to the point that eventually the empire fell.

Rogozin appears to be doing the same in Roscosmos, which suggests not much will come from its many projects to come up with new rockets, spacecraft, and space stations in the coming years.

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  • Col Beausabre

    The immensely rich (and famously greedy) Roman governor Crassus, who incited a war with the Parthians, was captured by them. His objectives were so obviously plunder and slaves that the vengeful Parthians executed him by having molten gold poured down his throat.

  • JhonB

    Are they hiring over there (G)

  • John

    That kind of corruption is typical of authoritarian top-down banana republics, with show trials, meaningless public hearings, politically motived police abusing secret courts, political prisoners, censorship, and loose elections.

    Glad it’s not like that here! Oh wait.

  • Concerned

    John—your post made me cry with laughter, then with sadness.

  • Mitch S.

    “Dedicated public servant” Dr Anthony Fauci can afford to split a fancy dinner with Rogozin:

    But most politicians here don’t handle the money directly, they do it through their family, right Joe?

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    great historical factoid!

    The Fixx –
    “One Thing Leads To Another”

    “But when the wrong word goes in the right ear,
    I know you’ve been lying to me.
    It’s getting rough, off the cuff I’ve got to say enoughs enough….”

  • Jeff Wright

    Russian Space has fallen so low. And on top of that my serpentine belt came loose and Doug Trumbull died…

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