Russia's Space Corps reject space center closure reports

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MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Space Corps said Monday they had no information concerning plans to close the Svobodny space center in the far-eastern Amur region.

"I know nothing about these plans," spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov said. "The space center is working, and launches take place."

Media reports on Monday cited an anonymous executive source as saying that plans allegedly existed to close the space center by 2009 due to an end to state financing.

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