A new Russian spaceport "Vostochniy" ("Eastern") is being built in far east Russia. Earlier, in Soviet times, the majority of launches were performed from the Soviet spaceport "Baikonur" in Kazakhstan. Now Kazakhstan is a separate state and it's said that Russia pays $115 million to Kazakhstan
yearly to be able to use the facility. The construction of the new spaceport is expected to reduce these costs and it also brings more workspaces to the Far East of Russia. The construction began in 2011 and the first unmanned flight is expected to be launched from here in 2015.