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April 14, 2020

Russia slaps US for ignoring Gagarin

World

April 14, 2020

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused the US State Department of spreading disinformation by not mentioning Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in a Facebook post about the International Day of Human Space Flight.

The UN General Assembly in 2011 proclaimed the annual observance held on the anniversary of the solo one-orbit mission that made Gagarin the first man in space on April 12, 1961. A post on the State Department’s Russian-language page Sunday noted that the first manned spaceflight took place 59 years ago but didn’t name the person who who performed it. “Not noting this is disinformation and a base trick of post-truth epoch,” the Russian ministry said.