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.

Col. 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 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.

Volkov, who went on long-term missions at the International Space Station in 2008 and 2011, serves as the head of the cosmonauts at the training center that he sued.

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