Russian space agency lists candidates for senior job - chief

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has a job of Roscosmos deputy head vacant and has listed candidates for it, according to agency's newly appointed chief, Oleg Ostapenko.

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has a job of Roscosmos deputy head vacant and has listed candidates for it, according to agency's newly appointed chief, Oleg Ostapenko.

Ostapenko confirmed that Alexander Ivanov, who has for a long time been a colleague of his at Plesetsk Cosmodrome and the Defense Ministry, is one of the candidates.

"There are candidates. We'll be thinking. One can't say anything definite about this at the moment. The matter must be dealt with carefully. It's a serious job. Ivanov is one of the candidates. I'm not keeping this secret, but this doesn't mean that Ivanov is the only candidate," Ostapenko told reporters.

Earlier, Interfax-AVN said Ivanov would replace Alexander Lopatin as one of the Roscosmos deputy heads.

In a comment on allegations that Lopatin has submitted his resignation, Ostapenko denied any knowledge of this. "I haven't even spoken to him," Ostapenko said.

The Roscosmos head said there is a great deal of people who would be eligible for lieutenancy role. "The main point is to find them and give them the opportunity to fulfill themselves. It is the main criterion in the selection of people that they should be specialists - not just loyal people but top-standard specialists," Ostapenko said.

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