THE TIMES: Igor Ashurbeyli dreams of a satellite state to escape Earth’s woes

By Tom Parfitt

Tens of thousands of optimists led by a Russian businessman are planning a new life in space to escape the wars and natural disasters that bedevil Earth.

Future residents of Asgardia hope to live on “habitable platforms” known as arks suspended in orbit around the planet, but since the launch of the initiative last year there have been gripes about who would run it and how taxes would be levied — and the lack of women to have signed up.

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