Russian cosmonaut wins wages case vs space agency
MOSCOW (AP) - A Moscow regional court has upheld a lawsuit filed by a prominent cosmonaut against the Russian space training center complaining about wages.
Colonel Sergei Volkov, who has logged 199 days in space, was contesting a recent government decision to strip retired military men like himself of extra pay for their space experience.
The court in the Moscow region where the Russian cosmonauts' training ground is located upheld Mr Volkov's lawsuit on Friday, ordering the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center to pay cosmonauts with military backgrounds for the spaceflights they have completed.
It awarded him 1.4 million rubles ($43,500) in back wages.