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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Abramovich's $300M Trip to Moon

KOROLYOV, Moscow Region -- The Federal Space Agency is prepared to send Chukotka Governor Roman Abramovich on a trip into space for $300 million, Itar-Tass reported Saturday.

Commenting on media reports that the billionaire governor was ready to pay $300 million for a trip around the moon, agency head Anatoly Perminov said: "It's a good sum; we like it. And if Mr. Abramovich agrees to pay, we'll send him," Itar-Tass reported.

Perminov said his agency was "not considering a waiting list of tourists after 2009 for the time being" because the crew of the international space station was expected to be increased to six from that time.

Many professional cosmonauts and astronauts will fly into space, and seats for tourists on Russian spaceships will be made available only if their trips do not disrupt the work of professional crews, Perminov said.