For decades, the Baikonur Cosmodrome was the premier Soviet space launch site. Many historic launches took place there, and it earned its place in the history books. But then the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, and Kazakhstan (where it is located) became Russia's new best friend. While I don't know the details of the agreement, I do know that Kazakhstan leases it to Russia, and Wikipedia says the lease will extend to about 2050, by which time Baikonur will be nearing 100 years old. But Russia is still in an awkward situation - for Americans, it would be like having Cape Canaveral in Quebec. I know the Russians are building the Vostochny Cosmodrome (courtesy of TildalWave here), but it's not meant to replace Baikonur. So for those who didn't bother to read through this morass of text, my question is this:
Are the Russians planning to replace the Baikonur Cosmodrome?