New week and new comments from Elon Musk. Now owner of Tesla, SpaceX and now too Twitter, took to his favorite social network to announce that he feared for his life. Or at least that he received the message from Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.
Specifically, Elon Musk’s reaction comes from a post in Russian media yesterday, Sunday. The one that Rogozin himself published via his Telegram and on his Twitter account –blocked to all users–. The businessman retweeted the comment adding that if he died in strange circumstances, the reason was already known.
In his statement, Rogozin – known for his controversial speeches in the press – stressed that he was capable of destroying all NATO countries in half an hour. Following this, a direct message to Elon Musk. And to the Starlink technology that the businessman ceded to the Ukrainian government to help maintain communications destroyed by the Russian invasion. The one who, according to the businessman, had resisted hacking attempts by the Russian secret services.
“From the testimony of the captured Chief of Staff of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it appears that the ground subscriber equipment of the satellite company Starlink Elon Musk was handed over to militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the marines of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Mariupol in military helicopters,” Rogozin noted.
“According to our information, the delivery and transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine of post office boxes for the reception and transmission of the Internet from Starlink was carried out by the Pentagon,” adds the head of Roscosmos. And it culminates with the evocation of the businessman and veiled death threats: “Elon Musk is involved in supplying military communications to fascist forces in Ukraine. And for that, you’ll have to respond in a grown-up way, Elon, no matter how crazy you get.”
Elon Musk’s own answer, as always, is unclear. If he transits between the joke or that he really takes seriously the relationship of enmity that has been earned in Russia by its collaboration with Ukraine. First, the fact that if something happens to him or if he dies under strange circumstances points directly to Russia. He then responds to Rogozin himself adding that he plans to be there for a long time. Something Musk’s own mother is no joke when responding to her son’s comments.
In any case, this is not the first time that Rogozin threatens Elon Musk. Even if it was the time when he went the furthest in his remarks, which since the start of the war in Ukraine have been rising in tone. Rogozin, in charge of relations with NASA in the management of the International Space Station, is the one who pointed out – supposedly jokingly – that he would leave an American astronaut stranded in the middle of space. Also the one that ultimately severed international relations for future collaborative space projects in which the United States is involved.
Rogozin is also the one who pushed in March, still through the networks, to a hand-to-hand confrontation between Putin and Elon Musk. Again, between joke and reality in the midst of the serious conflict of the Ukrainian war.