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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baikonur Fee Paid

ASTANA. Kazakhstan -- Russia has paid, ahead of schedule, the first $12.5 million of the year to Kazakhstan to lease the Baikonur space center, Kazakh Finance Minister Uraz Dzhandosov said at a news conference in the capital, Astana, on Wednesday.

Russia's annual fee for leasing the cosmodrome as a launch site for its space program is $115 million. Moscow will pay $50 million in cash and $65 million.