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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 05:23 PM

'Wow': NASA startles with invitation to sanctioned Russian

'Wow': NASA startles with invitation to sanctioned Russian

Dmitry Rogozin is no typical rocket-science technocrat. He is an ultranationalist politician with a record of stark racism and homophobia who is under American sanctions.

By BEN SCHRECKINGER 01/01/2019 08:06 AM EST

A Trump administration official’s plan to host a sanctioned Russian nationalist in the U.S. in the coming months is raising alarms among Russia hawks in Washington.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine extended an October invitation for his counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, to visit NASA headquarters in Houston in early 2019. U.S.-Russia space cooperation is nothing new. But Rogozin is no typical rocket-science technocrat. He is an ultranationalist politician with a record of stark racism and homophobia who is under American sanctions, which typically bar him from entering the U.S. over his 2014 role, as deputy prime minister, in Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Bridenstine, a former three-term Republican congressman from Oklahoma, told the Russian state news agency TASS in mid-October that he had succeeded in temporarily waiving sanctions on Rogozin so that he could visit Houston and speak at Rice University, Bridenstine’s alma mater, sometime after the new year. The U.S. and Russia cooperate extensively on space exploration and, according to the TASS report, Bridenstine stressed the need for a “strong working relationship” with his counterpart.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/01/nasa-sanctioned-russian-nationalist-1076621

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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 05:38 PM

1. trumpsters

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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 06:23 PM

2. Bridenstine and Jeb's son both grads of Rice. Makes me wonder about the U's standards

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