If this story proves true than Space Adventures should be ashamed of themselves, refund Mr. Enomoto’s funds, and be investigated for potential fraud. I do have to wonder about the convenient bumping of Mr. Enomoto for Ansari (of Ansari X Prize fame) by Space Adventures especially given Russian officials had no problem with Enomoto previously.
I support space tourism and commercialization (to a point) but previous fraudulent companies and on going controversies like this one will continue to hinder, if not out right eliminate, entrepreneurial efforts in space. This is nothing new. I remember my grandfather’s stories of fraudulent businesses selling tickets for seats on future rocket launches and trips to the moon starting shortly after the first moon landings to people (however naive they may have been) eager to embrace the idea of going into space and pioneering the colonization the moon. There are still even frauds today trying to claim the moon as their property and selling chunks of it off.