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Russian satellite system official sacked

MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Russia's defense industry housecleaning continued over the weekend when satellite navigation system designer Yuri Urlichich was sacked from his job.

 Urlichich, the chief designer of the costly and scandal-plagued Glonass system of 24 navigation satellites, was fired Sunday by the Kremlin's military-industrial commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, RIA Novosti reported.

The resignation came shortly after police accused unnamed Glonass officers of embezzling $200 million of $10 billion program's funds.





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