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Dmitry Rogozin

In today’s #vatnik soup I’ll introduce a Russian right-wing politician and a raging spaceman called Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin).

Rogozin has also been very active on Twitter, threatening people from Elon Musk to former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly).

He was involved in Russian military activities already in 1990-92 in the Transnistria War, where he fought against the Moldovan troops. In 2002 became leader of the Rodina party, which was described by Anna Politkovskaya as a controlled opposition party ...

... “created by the Kremlin’s spin doctors specifically [...] to draw moderately nationalist voters away from the more extreme National Bolsheviks.” In 2003, Rogozin’s far-right coalition (the real neo-nazis) won 9, 2% of the popular vote.

In 2008, he became the Russian ambassador to NATO. From this position he criticized 🇺🇦’s and 🇬🇪’s NATO membership applications, stating that “They will not invite these bankrupt scandalous regimes to join NATO... more so as important partnerships with Russia are at stake”.

On Dec, 2011, he was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense & space industries. He was one of the first people to be sanctioned by the US, Canada and the EU in 2014. After this, he tried to enter several countries by air but was refused access.
In May, 2014, he tried to enter Romanian airspace but was refused. He made a threatening tweet, stating that next time he would “fly to Romania on board a Tu-160 bomber”.

In April, 2014 he tweeted that “I suggest to the USA to bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline”.Elon Musk replied to Rogozin in May, 2020, following the successful launch of Crew Dragon Demo-2 spacecraft, that “the trampoline is working”.7/14
In May, 2018, Rogozin became the director general of Roscosmos, a state corporation responsible for 🇷🇺’s activities related to space flights and aerospace research.During his leadership, he threatened with deorbiting of the International Space Station and landing it inside...8/14
... the US or in Europe. He also threatened to leave US astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei in space. He also published a video of Russians removing the US, UK & Japanese flags from a Soyuz rocket. Also, the Z symbol was taped into the launch equipment.

On June 13, 2022, Rogozin declared that Ukraine must be destroyed once and for all: “Let’s put an end to them. Once and for all. For the sake of our grandchildren.” On 15 July, 2022, he was released from his position at Roscosmos to “ease tensions”.

During the last months, Dmitry declared himself as the leader of the “Tsar’s Wolves” movement. This group allegedly tests and supplies weapons for the Russian troops in Ukraine.

He was criticized by Russian military bloggers when he posted an image of himself wearing expensive military gear that’s mostly used by NATO troops.

Dmitry had a very unfortunate 59th birthday on 22, Dec, 2022. He was celebrating with his friends in a restaurant when the AFU shelled the place. As a result, Mr Rogozin got hit by a shrapnel, allegedly mutilating his genitalia.

Because of the complexity of the injuries, he could not be operated on-site and an attempt to transfer him to Moscow for surgery was made. He could not be transported, though, because of bad weather.

Merry Christmas, Dmitry!