Russian billionaire becomes leader of world’s first space nation

A Russian billionaire has held a lavish ceremony at a castle in Austria to declare himself the leader of a new, independent ‘space nation’ called Asgardia.
 
The Asgardia is the brainchild of Russian rocket scientist Igor Ashurbeyli.
 

 
The self-funded event was held at the opulent Hofburg palace in Vienna and included a choral performance of the nation’s anthem, an official oath and a video message from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev on the International Space Station.