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Threat From Russian Space Program Chief Concerns Elon Musk

'It's been great knowing you, even if I die in inexplicable circumstances.'

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Elon Musk has powerful adversaries who aren't afraid to tell him about it.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO referred to a media remark from Russian space commander Dmitry Rogozin in a tweet last night. Musk is accused of delivering SpaceX's Starlink internet equipment to the Azov Special Operations Detachment, a Ukrainian military unit that has been reliably linked to neo-Nazi groups — an awful scenario that Russia has used to justify its highly criticized invasion of its neighbor.

Despite his intention to "play the fool," Rogozin chastised Musk for "supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipment" and urged that he "respond in a mature fashion."

Musk responded with a likely joke, saying that if he dies "under strange circumstances, it's been great knowing ya."

The Battle Goes On

Needless to say, there are degrees of intricacy here that are tough to unpack. Azov's ties to white nationalist organisations are unacceptable, but it is also actively opposing a Russian invasion that is abhorrent.

Musk hasn't acknowledged or denied providing Azov with Starlink technology, however a subsequent tweet implies he doesn't believe the group is truly neo-Nazi, although its coat of arms incorporates what appear to be two Nazi emblems. At the same time, he cryptically stated that "in battle, there are no angels."

Musk and Rogozin's dispute has been festering for years, but it erupted again when Russia invaded Ukraine and the SpaceX CEO decided to intervene and, um, threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There's no way of knowing where this feud will go next, but given either of these warriors' track records, you'd be foolish to bet against the messiest ending.


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