A friend and I travelled to Kazakhstan in May and booked a trip to see the 29 May launch. Everything was fine, we had permits for everything except the launch itself (all the museums, Gagarin's cottage etc), and that was just a matter of time, and then on the Monday before the launch we suddenly had everything cancelled.
The tour company said that all 70 tourists were cancelled (because of an earlier test flight crash), but in the photos of the pre-launch briefings etc., it looks like there are a lot of tourists taking photos, and a child wandering around.
Has anyone heard any info on any cancellations? Someone in the UK said it could be down politics and that some unhelpful comments were made by some of our political/royal 'elite' towards the Russians.
It was frustrating to miss the launch (and more the museums, etc.), but more frustrating to not know the reason. If anyone has any insight, that would be great.