Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had arrived in Plesetsk the day before, attended the launch.
The Russian Space Forces press service reported the event as the first launch of a military spacecraft in 2004.
According to the Space Forces command post, the press service said, the medium-class booster passed all pre-launch procedures and blasted off in normal mode. Ground-based tracking systems keep a constant check on the spacecraft and will watch the satellite put into orbit.
The Molnia-M was first launched on February 19, 1970 from Plesetsk. Since then, 223 such boosters have been launched.