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  • NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis

    08/22/2014 2:27:45 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Channel News Asis ^ | Aug 22, 2014
    World NATO says Russian convoy move 'only deepens crisis' BRUSSELS: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticised the Russian decision to advance a "so-called" aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday (Aug 22) as a "blatant breach" of international commitments that "only deepens the crisis". "This is a blatant breach of Russia's international commitments... and a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia," Rasmussen said in a statement. "It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel," he said. Rasmussen poured doubt on Moscow's claim that the convoy, which had been...
  • Putin Awards Russia's 76th Airborne Division for 'Missions Accomplished', 'Heroism' in Ukraine (!)

    08/19/2014 4:42:53 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    I thought he said they're weren't any Russian troops there- hmmm Kremlin.ru   
  • Drunk Russian Captain Runs Aground on Læsø

    07/31/2014 3:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    The captain of a cement tanker headed from Aalborg to England had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit... five hours after running aground. A tanker loaded with 2,100 tonnes of cement ran aground on the island of Læsø late on Tuesday night, and apparently the ship itself was not the only thing that was loaded. According to Nordjyske, the Russian captain of the ship registered a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit when North Jutland Police administered a breathalyzer at around 4am. And that was over five hours after the ship, the Cyprus-owned Cemfjord, ran...
  • UKRAINE: Germany, France and Britain gave Putin the time until Tuesday

    07/20/2014 9:12:52 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 14 replies
    liga.net ^ | 20.07.2014 15:26
    If Russia does not affect terrorists before 22 July to obtain access to the investigators involving two MIAs and one Boeing 777, the EU "will determine the consequences" Germany, France and the United Kingdom have given Putin time till Tuesday Terrorists in control of the crash site (photo-ERA) Germany, the United Kingdom and France have called on President Vladimir Putin to affect pro-Russian terrorists, that they provide full access to international experts to the crash of the Boeing 777 airlines Malaysia Airlines in Donetsk region. It said in a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • RAF jets see off Russian warplanes near the Baltic states

    06/18/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/14 | John Ingham
    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a force of seven Russian warplanes near the Baltic states. A Russian bomber, four fighters, a command and control plane and a transport plane were taking part in exercises in international air space over the Baltic Sea. The two Typhoons, sent from Siauliai air base in Lithuania, escorted them away on Tuesday. Britain sent four Typhoon fighters to Lithuania, a Nato ally, in April as tensions rose over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine. Nato carries out Baltic air policing because Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania do not have their own fighters.
  • Egypt pleads with Italian tourists to return

    06/14/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 12 Jun 2014 14:02 GMT+02:00
    Tour operators in Egypt have this week held a conference to urge Italian tourists to return, after instability in the country prompted a crisis in the travel industry following the 2011 ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Around 700 tour operators gathered this week at the ‘United for Egypt’ conference held at the Port Ghalib resort, La Stampa reported. Organizers from both countries hoped the meeting would give a much-needed boost to tourism to Egypt, which has seen a dramatic fall-off in recent years. “In 2008 in Egypt there were 1,073,159 Italian travellers. That number literally collapsed and in 2013 local...
  • UKRAINE: the Ukrainian military have seized and are "DEBRIEFING" a Russian drone (video)

    05/30/2014 8:54:46 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    Ukrainian military forces were able to land the Russian # UAV, who was scouting locations for a terrorist organization DNI. In addition, a flask with an unknown chemicalwas found in the UAV. The substance was sent for examination. An investigation is under way, the details of which will be announced later. This UAV journalists of our portal symbolically christened # ICARUS. It's the first trophy # ICARUS in the collection of our military, but probably not the last, as new Ukrainian weapons to deal with enemy UAV and seize control over them, letting us put the drone away without any...
  • CA soldier may never move again after he was attacked outside bar by 6 Russians spoiling for a fight

    05/30/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | May 29, 2014 | MATTHEW BLAKE
    A soldier attacked over the weekend at a bar by a gang of six Russians may never move again, his family said today. Specialist Korry McClanahan, 25, was set upon and beaten outside Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. in Tacoma, Washington, where he had been playing pool with a friend on Friday night. The father-of-one's family are now holding a bedside vigil at Madigan Army Medical Center, where doctors were forced to remove a piece of Spec. McClanahan's skull to relieve swelling to his brain. snip The attack happened after Spec. McClanahan and his friend, also a soldier, stepped outside...
  • Steyer Hedge Fund Tied to Russian Oligarch Targeted by U.S. Sanctions

    05/07/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/7/14 | Adam Kredo
    The hedge fund founded and, until recently, run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer was involved in a deal to sell a stake in a Russian oil company to a Russian oligarch who is the target of U.S. sanctions. Farallon Capital Management sold a part of its stake in Russian firm Geotech Oil Services to the Volga Group, a Luxembourg-based investment firm owned by Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, in 2010. Four years later, in April 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would target Timchenko, Volga, and a number of companies associated with them, in a round of sanctions aimed...
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Flying Along California Coast

    05/05/2014 8:39:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/14 | Chriss W. Street
    The Associated Press reported Monday that Gen. Herbert Carlisle, Commander of United States Air Forces in the Pacific, acknowledged a significant increase in the activities by Russian long-range strategic aircraft flying along the California coast. There was no comment about whether the aircraft were nuclear capable, but it has not been since the Cold War ended in the early 1990s that Russian patrols have skirted the West Coast and California. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle is the Commander of Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl...
  • Russian "Doomsday Plane" Spotted Flying By Finland Border

    04/25/2014 1:16:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/25/14 | Tyler Durden
    The last time the Russian "Doomsday Plane" was seen in the air doing its trademark loops at 27,000 feet telegraphing Vladimir Putin was somewhere nearby, was on March 31, just days after the formerly Ukrainian region was annexed by the Kremlin. Until today, when over the past 4 hours, the Tu-214 has been quietly circling in position just shy of Finland and the Baltics, where as it is known, NATO has been depositing hundreds of western soldiers in a "defensive" build up.
  • With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can't get Russian counterpart to take his calls

    04/25/2014 1:06:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/25/14 | Maggie Ybarra
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine. Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear...
  • Russian paramilitary leaders in eastern Ukraine caught on tape communicating with Moscow

    04/15/2014 7:29:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 15, 2014, 4:37 p.m. | Kyiv Post
    A recording proving that Russia is backing separatists in eastern Ukraine has surfaced online. The SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) taped the operatives, whose code names are "Nose," "Adler," "Shooter" and "Agath," discussing strategy, weapon stockpiles, and requests for reinforcements. The SBU has identified the number calling the separatists in Ukraine as having a Russian +7 area code.
  • UKRAINE: National Security Council commissions Ukraine Armed Forces counter-terrorist operations

    04/13/2014 9:15:46 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 17 replies
    The Insider ^ | 13 April 2014 18:35
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that the National Security Council has commissioned a large-scale counter-terrorist operations with involvement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "We did everything to avoid casualties. But we are prepared to resist all attempts of invasion, destabilization and terrorist acts in arms" - said Turchinov the TV channel Council. "National Security Council decided to launch a large-scale terrorist operation involving the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We'll repeat of the Crimean scenario in the eastern region" - said Turchinov. "For those who do not shoot our security forces, who lay down their arms...
  • 'The Russian world is uniting': Model minister of breakaway region urges Putin conquest...

    03/24/2014 8:42:27 AM PDT · by ResisTyr · 5 replies
    Daily Mail Online (UK) ^ | 24 March 2014 | Will Stewart
    The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2587559/Nato-alarm-woman-minister-urges-Putin-invade-country-Military-commander-speaks-concerns-threat-breakaway-region-near-Moldovan-border.html#ixzz2wtZKhnz8 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Carney Brushes Off Russian Threat of Nuclear Armageddon 'People say crazy things on TV all the time'

    03/17/2014 11:40:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/17/14 | Staff
    Pressed by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl to comment on a threat made last night on state TV that Russia is still “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissively said, “people say crazy things on TV all the time.” See below for the full exchange: JON KARL: And let me ask you just something on — that was on Russian television, state-controlled television, the main state-controlled channel. Dmitry Kiselev, prominent Russian television anchor, posed in front of a mushroom cloud and warned that Russia’s the only country...
  • Obama announces (most comprehensive since end of the Cold War) sanctions on Russian officials

    03/17/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/17/14 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine. The sanctions are the most comprehensive since the end of the Cold War. Obama said he was moving to "increase the cost" to Russia, and he warned that more people could face financial punishment.
  • Russian TV Host: Russia Is the Only Country With Capability to Turn US into "Radioactive Dust"

    03/16/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post reported: Russia, news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov took to the Rossiya 1 news channel to put the situation into a broader geopolitical context for views. One part of his explanation, however, has caught a lot of attention: Kiselyov explained to his viewers that Russia is the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ashes.” He then went on to use animated maps to show exactly how Russia would automatically respond with nuclear missiles if command and control were attacked or disabled by a U.S. attack. He also took a swipe at Obama.
  • Who has the standing to call Putin's actions in Ukraine - nekulturny?

    03/15/2014 2:31:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    March 15, 2014
    At the end of WWII the Russian army raped and pillaged as they pushed the Nazis back into Germany [that barbarian nature that they have - yet are so sensitive about]. One thing that would cause them to pause [halt their knee-jerk barbarism] was being called nekulturny. No matter how uncouth and barbaric a Russian is by nature, they are very sensitive to being called on it. Someone with authority [which leaves out Obama and Kerry] needs to paint Putin as being nekulturny - UNCULTURED! Kerry did exactly this when he said Putin was acting so 19th Century, not like...
  • Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

    03/06/2014 5:47:11 AM PST · by yldstrk · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 6, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation. The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of...
  • Tense Exchange Between Russian Soldiers 'Following Orders' and Unarmed Ukrainians Caught on Tape

    03/04/2014 8:51:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/4/14 | breitbart tv
    Apparently the Russian solider who is seen threatening to shoot unarmed Ukraine forces because he is following his orders was not told today Russian president Vladimir Putin denied sending troops inside the Ukraine...
  • Russian servicemen confiscate weapons in Crimea region

    03/01/2014 11:26:34 PM PST · by Salman · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 2, 2014 1:51am EST | (Reporting by Timothy Heritage, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
    Russian military servicemen have taken weapons from a radar base and naval training facility in Ukraine's Crimea region and urged personnel to side with the peninsula's "legitimate" leaders, Interfax news agency said on Sunday. It quoted a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source as saying the Russian servicemen had taken pistols, rifles and ammunition cartridges from the radar post near in the town of Sudak and taken them away by car. Another group of Russian military had also removed weapons from a Ukrainian navy training centre in the port city of Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet also has a base.
  • Bay Area Ukrainians Concerned With Russian Military's Move

    03/01/2014 1:48:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Feb 28, 2014 | Jean Elle
    Ukrainians in the Bay Area are watching with worry as the Russian military enters their country. Many are concerned about loved ones as an already deadly conflict over democracy appears to be escalating. Jean Elle reports. Ukrainians in the Bay Area are watching with worry as the Russian military enters their country. Many are concerned about loved ones as an already deadly conflict over democracy appears to be escalating. Obama to Russia: "There Will Be Costs" for Ukraine Intervention Nick Bilogorskiy is a Bay Area resident concerned with the developments in Ukraine. He said his father is in a politically...
  • Officers Of 76th Russian Shock Troops Division Operating In Ukraine

    02/28/2014 3:19:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/28/14 | tyler durden
    Everyone is curious who those unmarked men in unforms that have been seen in youtube clips from the Crimea are. Courtesy of Russian blogger Lev Shlosberg who writes for the newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya, we now have an answer: according to him they are the officers of the 76th Chernihov (Pskov) Storm Troops Division and have slowly dispersed across key choke points in Ukraine.From his post, translated by Interpretermag.com According to one of the participants in the operation, officers and contractors of the 76th Shock Troops Division have been re-locating to Ukrainian territory since last week. By early this week, there...
  • Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag

    02/26/2014 11:56:31 PM PST · by Crazieman · 66 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-27-2014
    Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade. The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.” They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.
  • 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

    07/07/2010 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET | Brett Sokol
    TECHNOLOGY 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio The shortwave radio signals that the alleged Russian spies were using are still surprisingly effective. By Brett Sokol Posted Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage?—and comical—turns out even foreign spies wanted to cash in on suburban New Jersey's real estate boom. With a nod to Boris and Natasha, the accused are also said to have used short-wave radio, a 1920s-era technology...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • Gunman kills two in church off Russia's eastern coast - reports

    02/08/2014 11:08:58 PM PST · by bd476 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | by Steve Gutterman | 8 February 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a cathedral on the Russian island of Sakhalin, off the country's eastern coast, on Sunday, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, state-run news agency RIA reported.
  • The Belarusian Connection Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack

    02/03/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    Washington FreeBeacon ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised. The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S....
  • Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say

    01/25/2014 10:24:13 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 01/25/14 | Todd Starnes
    Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say By Todd StarnesPublished January 25, 2014FoxNews.com UNDATED: Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, authorities in Pennsylvania said. (Altoona Police Department) A teenage Russian national was arrested late Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said. Blair County Prison confirmed to Fox News that Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, is in custody. He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering...
  • Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to.....

    01/18/2014 10:21:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    mail online ^ | John Hall
    FULL TITLE: Fancy an (icy) dip? Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to 'purify their souls' as temperatures drop to -17C Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians have plunged into icy water around Eastern Europe to mark the feast of Epiphany. In temperatures as low as -17C, the believers wore little more than basic swimming costumes as they leapt into lakes and plunge pools to confirm their willingness to follow Jesus, who is said to have been baptised in the River Jordon. With snow piled high around the water, it’s no wonder many of the Christians grimace as...
  • Homophobia and intimacy in a Russian sauna (I like Russia more and more)

    01/18/2014 2:03:25 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 98 replies
    BBC Urals, Russia ^ | 1/17/2013 | By Justin Rowlatt
    A law in Russia banning "homosexual propaganda" has been condemned by critics, who say it incites hatred. But a day hunting and relaxing in the forest - and hearing some extreme views - suggests it has plenty of support. Saunas are supposed to be relaxing but the prospect of this one filled me with dread. I was to share it with two heavily armed Russian hunters - Yuri, a steely-eyed veteran of Russia's bloody war in Afghanistan, and Georgy, a burly businessmen who cut his teeth during the violent chaos that consumed Russia after the fall of communism. That afternoon,...
  • Add This Fighter-Bomber to the List of New Chinese Warplanes (SU-30MK Knockoff)

    01/08/2014 6:06:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 8, 2014 | David Axe
    Two new stealth fighter prototypes. A new long-range airlifter. New drones, attack helicopters, radar planes and spy planes. The pace of Chinese air power advancements in the last three years far outstrips aerospace developments in other countries. Now add to the list the J-16, a new twin-engine, twin-seat jet fighter-bomber based on the Russian Su-30MK. Big and powerful, with a heavy weapons load and a combat range of hundreds of miles, the J-16 could become a main front-line combatant of the Chinese Air Force and Navy, possibly bridging the gap between China’s older jets and whatever stealth models eventually enter...
  • Americans, do not give up your God

    12/25/2013 3:09:24 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 25 replies
    Pravda ^ | 23.12.2013 | Stanislav Mishin
    I have called you to warning on your selfishness, but you ignored me. I have called you to account about your guns, that seems to have faired a bit better. I have called you several times to account about God's wraith, but that has been wholly ignored. Now I will give you the most blunt warning I know how to give. This is a call to arms to defend the one thing that still separates you from the Hell on Earth you are creating for yourselves and it is the one thing that you, as a wicked and decadent society,...
  • Rep. Royce Seeks Administration Briefing on Russian Medicaid Fraud

    12/25/2013 9:15:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/23/13
    Republican California Rep. Ed Royce is pressing the Obama administration on how it will deal with dozens of high-living Russian diplomats who lied about their incomes to collect healthcare money meant for the poor. Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday he wants a briefing on the alleged Medicaid fraud, and wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry asking how officials will handle "the law enforcement and diplomatic aspects" of the case, The Hill reported. In a complaint unsealed in federal court in Manhattan last Thursday, 49 former and current diplomats are charged with defrauding Medicaid of...
  • U.S. Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats and Spouses With Medicaid Fraud

    12/05/2013 2:48:58 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, an unusual twist in what has become a familiar criminal story line in New York. An F.B.I. investigation revealed “the systemic fraudulent submission of falsified applications for Medicaid benefits” by the diplomats and their spouses, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in United States District Court in Manhattan. The diplomats and their spouses obtained the benefits for pregnancies, births and first-year-of-life medical needs, generally applying at the same New York hospital, which was not identified,...
  • India trains Vietnamese navy to handle new Russian subs

    11/30/2013 7:20:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Thanhnien News ^ | Monday, November 25, 2013 | staff
    India’s navy is training over 500 Vietnamese submariners... India (will) issue Vietnam a US$100 million line of credit for the purposes of enabling the latter to acquire four naval patrol vessels from the former, the report said. The Indian Navy's extensive experience in operating Russian Kilo-class submarines, which dates back to the mid-1980s, will be invaluable to Vietnam as its navy learns how to handle their new underwater vessels, according to the In December 2009, Vietnam signed a $2 billion deal to buy six submarines from Russia, which is due to deliver them all by 2016.
  • The Return of Russian Hard Power?

    11/26/2013 7:48:35 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 23, 2013 | Michael Weiss
    Last Good Friday, two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers, escorted by four Su-27 fighter aircraft, simulated an aerial assault on two military targets in Sweden— the first near the capital Stockholm and the second in a southern part of the country. This was then followed in September by Zapad-13 (“Zapad” means “West”), Russia’s biannual military exercise, which this year was jointly held with Belarusian forces variously in Belarus, along the borders of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and in Kaliningrad, Russia’s non-contiguous seaport territory that lies between Poland and Lithuania. Though initially billed as a counterterrorism operation targeting “illegal armed groups,” Zapad-13 was very...
  • Flurry of Vatican-Russian Orthodox Talks Precede Putin Visit to Pope Francis

    11/12/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/12/13 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican released no details of Tuesday’s meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values. Simultaneously in Moscow, a top Italian cardinal involved in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, Cardinal Angelo Scola, met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
  • INTENSE INTIMACY NOT JUST LAMENT OR PRAYER [Charismatic caucus]

    11/09/2013 8:06:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-913 | Jedediah
    My sustainment of my children comes through INTENSE INTIMACY not just lament and prayer for there is a difference between Mary at my feet and those that knew me from a distance . Do you see I AM your lap of Pure Joy and Breakthrough and it is in my presence that you receive your breakthrough. So see that you break through all distractions to me for they are a wall of resistance to all the blessings already laid at my feet for you to discern and receive. Luke 10:38-42 38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred...
  • New Russian Law: Relatives of Terrorists Must Pay the Bill for Damages

    11/07/2013 2:25:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/7/13 | Jim Hoft
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, November 7, 2013, 4:20 PM     Lining up the dead children in Beslan.In September 2004 Muslim terrorists stormed the grade school in Beslan, North Ossetia taking over 1,000 children and their parents hostage. Over 380 people, mostly children, died in the Islamist attack.The Russian parliament passed a law this month requiring family members to pay for the damages caused by Islamic terrorist attacks. Via the Counter Jihad Report: Russian parliament’s lower house on Friday approved new legislation that toughens punishment for terrorism and requires terrorists’ relatives to pay for the damages caused...
  • Making Sense Of Syria

    09/10/2013 2:21:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 10,2013 | Peggy Noonan
    This is what I think we’re seeing: The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives.
  • Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

    09/10/2013 4:24:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 81 replies
    Interfax ^ | September 10, 2013
    (Headline only) Breaking News: Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control - Interfax
  • BEST of Russian Parking

    08/03/2013 4:06:09 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More/video at Reaganite Republican...
  • Russian aircraft

    07/18/2013 8:19:47 AM PDT · by Sokol · 29 replies
    Sokol
    I am writing a novel set in Russia and need some help with airplanes. Does anyone you know the make of any Russian plane that would regularly fly into the coldest regions? I flew into Enta (Komi Republic) one time and landed on skis. (rear loading, about 15-20 pax) It was surreal. And cool, I mean cold! :-) Thanks for any help.
  • Israel targeted Russian-made missiles in Syria, US officials say Reports suggest Israel attacked

    07/14/2013 6:56:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/14/13 | ap
    US officials say Israel targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles near Syria's principal port city, Latakia, in an air attack this month, the New York Times reported. The officials say the attack on 5 July near Latakia targeted a type of Russian-made missile called the Yakhont that Russia had sold to the Syrian government, the paper's website reported. Russia is a key political ally and arms supplier of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime. The officials provided no details on the strike, including the extent of the damage and how many missiles were used. The Times reported that the officials declined to...
  • SUKHOI SU35 performs at the Paris Air Show

    07/08/2013 2:46:25 PM PDT · by Doogle · 63 replies
    YT ^ | 06/24/13 | Salon du Bourget·
    First appearance in the West
  • Russian Rocket Crash Details Revealed

    07/03/2013 11:59:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | 7/2/13 | Clara Moskowitz
    A Russian rocket crash yesterday (July 1) was likely caused by an emergency shutdown of the booster's engines 17 seconds into the flight, according to news reports. The unmanned Russian Proton-M rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstanat 10:38 p.m. EDT (0238 GMT). The crash of the 17-story booster destroyed three onboard navigation satellites, which were worth almost $200 million. Video of the rocket crash from Russian state-run Rossiya-24 television shows the vehicle veering off course shortly after liftoff, and then breaking apart in mid-air and exploding in a fiery blaze once it hit the ground. The rocket was...
  • Putin volunteers Russian soldiers for Golan Heights

    06/07/2013 12:47:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | 67/13 | UPI
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday offered Russian replacements for the peacekeeping force Austria wants to withdraw from the Golan Heights. Austria said it was concerned about the safety of its 370 soldiers because the conflict in Syria has spread to a strategic border crossing. Security conditions have deteriorated in the area around the U.N. Golan Heights headquarters since the Quneitra crossing became the site of a clash between Syrian and rebel forces, CNN reported Friday. Austria's announcement it will remove its soldiers slashes the number of U.N. troops in the Golan Heights by one-third. Filipino and Indian peacekeepers will remain...
  • Moldavian bishop threatens Moldavian MPs with anathema

    05/28/2013 1:52:36 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior
    Moldavian bishop Marcellus of Beltsy and Faleshty (Russian Orthodox Church) called on the Moldavian MPs to revoke the bill on equal rights. As the Moldavian media reports his statement, in the opposite case he’ll propose excommunication of the MPs. He said he had granted the MPs one-month term for the decision, “hoping that it’ll be enough to understand there’re other moral values apart from those which the EU is pressing”. The law adopted on May, 25 2012, has split the Moldavian society for two fractions. The country has adopted it since the EU had put it as a condition to...