“It is not the water that flows in our veins, but the blood.” Tensions continue between the Kazakh businessman and Russian space officials over the fate of a second Buran-class orbital vehicle called the Borea. p>
Trader Daphren Moses claims ownership of Poria. It was the second orbital vehicle to be built as part of the Soviet Storm program, which aimed to build a fleet of shuttle spacecraft four decades ago. By the time the program was canceled in 1993 due to a lack of funding, the Burya vehicle was 95% complete for flight operations. The first Buran shuttle made only one unmanned flight, but the vehicle was destroyed in 2002 after the roof of its hangar at the Baikonur Stadium in Kazakhstan collapsed. The loss of the main storm makes Boria more valuable to Russian space officials.Read more Entering the Buran cemetery: Old Soviet vehicles still impress
Buran is located in a separate center in the Baikonur Cosmology. Having been decimated by graffiti artists this spring, Russian officials, including Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, are increasingly concerned about her future. In September, it was reported that he was returning Borya to Russia only in exchange for the skull of the last Cossack Khan, a man named Kansari Qasimov. He emerged as a hero in present-day Kazakhstan for leading a 10-year struggle against the attempts of the Russian Empire to colonize the region in the 1840s. A competitor finally beheaded Kansar Kasimov in 1847 and sent his head to Russia. Musa ramped up his tone in an interview with a Russian-language newspaper in Kazakhstan on Friday. He said that he would certainly not allow the shuttle to be returned to Russia at any cost, stressing the value of Boria as a bargaining chip, noting that it was the most valuable Russian business in Kazakhstan. "It's not the water that flows in our veins, it's blood and the smell of worms," he said. Wormwood is a common plant in Kazakhstan and is one of the main components of absinthe. It may be Kosimov's skull in St Petersburg, Russia. Or it may not be. Russian officials say they do not know where it is.
So how did Moses get the title of Poria? This is where the story gets a bit ambiguous. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia had to lease the Baikonur Cosmodrome based in Kazakhstan from Kazakhstan. Over time, some of the Russian space companies operating there have sold off their assets on tight budgets. Announcement
Buran's main contractor was a company called RSS Energia, Russia's largest aerospace contractor. According to NASASpaceflight.com, a subsidiary of Energia has been set up to manage its Baikonur property. In 2004, the company transferred two Buran vehicles to RSE Infrakos, which, in turn, transferred them to the Russian-Kazakhstan company JSC KRISP Aelita. In 2011, Musa bought the company. He renamed the company RSC Baikonur.
Poria's ownership is somewhat questionable. Kazakh government officials claimed ownership of the assets of the RSC Baikonur. The case is before a Kazakh court.
In an interview published on Friday, Moussa said that legal proceedings have been going on for three years. He said he would take the matter up to the International Court of Justice if necessary to reveal the nature of Kazakhstan's bureaucracy and its court system. At the moment, the fate of Poria is still buried in court cases.
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