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Satellite debris falls, hits Russian house

ORDYN, Russia, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A Siberian homeowner says he repaired the damage after a piece of a Russian satellite crashed into his house, while authorities wrangled over compensation.

A satellite launched Friday from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket crashed near the Siberian city of Tobolsk minutes after liftoff, RIA Novosti reported.

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One fragment, a titanium ball of about 11 pounds, fell through the roof of a village house in the Ordyn district belonging to Andrei Krivorukov. Krivorukov said he had gone out to the yard to fetch firewood minutes before the crash.

The village administration promised to do repairs at its own expense but did not, Krivorukov said, while Novosibirsk Region Governor Vasily Yurchenko said the compensation should be paid by the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

"The entire damage caused by the fall of spacecraft fragments on residential buildings and social infrastructure should be paid by Roscosmos. It is an independent economic entity," he said.

Roscosmos declined to comment on the governor's remarks.

Tired of waiting in subzero temperatures, Krivorukov finally repaired the roof himself.

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