Popovkin officially dismissed in connection with his transfer to another job. Unofficial sources told "Interfax" clarified that the former deputy minister may lead the Federal Space Agency, succeeding Anatoly Perminov.
Analysts attribute the likely changes in the Russian Space Agency to poor starting rocket "Proton-M" in December 2010 year (when three navigation device "Glonass-M" fell into the Pacific Ocean). Perminov also criticized after a poor start companion "Geo-IK-2" in February 2011. But the likely successor to the head of Roscosmos previously named not Popovkina, and the chapter on "Energy," Vitaly Lopota.
Perminov, head of Roscosmos has served since 2004. In the summer of 2010 he was 65 years old, after his contract was extended for year. April 6, 2011 Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, during his visit to the U.S., said: "Anatoly N. Perminov went 66th year. Under Russian law, at least some government official can not work on any gosdolzhnosti after this age. "