Count on the Daily Mail (U.K.) to illustrate how the Russia of today hasn't progressed very far from the Soviet regime or even the tsarist era when it comes to motivational techniques.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has raised the prospect of criminal prosecutions for space mishaps following a series of failed launches that have embarrassed his country.
Speaking on television Medvedev said: 'Recent failures are a strong blow to our competitiveness.
'It does not mean that something fatal has happened, it means that we need to carry out a detailed review and punish those guilty.'
'I am not suggesting putting them up against the wall like under Stalin, but seriously punish either financially or, if the fault is obvious, it could be a disciplinary or even criminal punishment,.'
Medvedev's comments come after a number of failures in recent space missions.