Baikonur at Risk?
Russia has announced that it is building a new spaceport in the Far East of Russia near the border with China. With the Plesetsk Cosmodrome located in the far north on the Arctic Sea, there might not be much demand for Baikanur in Kazakhstan, which has been the Russian (and Soviet) main spaceport since the space program began. In fact, The Voice of Russia is reporting that by 2020, Baikanur will only be used for 11% of Russia’s space launches. While the US and other countries also use Baikanur, this news can’t be good for Kazakhstan which gets a fair amount of income from renting the space port out.
On the other hand, if Kazakhstan builds up its education and training and there are enough skilled workers for all the tech jobs necessary to run a cosmodrome, this might be good news as Kazakhstan takes control of the infrastructure in its own territory instead of handing it over to a foreign power.