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  • Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'

    08/11/2015 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint "war games" training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states. Commander of Iran's fleet in the Northern Gilan province Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri told Fars News Agency ahead of the war games that the Iranian destroyer Damavand and missile ships Joshan and Peikan took part in the drills, manned by 200 Iranian naval forces members. From the Russian side, the warships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala which docked in Anzali Port near the Caspian Sea on Sunday took part in the drills. After the...
  • White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach

    08/11/2015 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/11/15 | Bill Gertz
    The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, disclosed the existence of the Pentagon assessment last month and said the report is needed for Congress’ efforts to address the problem in legislation. “As we look to the near-term future, we need to consider how we’re going to respond to Russia’s INF violations,” Rogers said in an Air Force Association breakfast July 8. “Congress will not continue to tolerate
  • ROC Seek Return of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

    07/28/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie RU ^ | July 26, 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) have confirmed that they have filed a petition to local politicians in St Petersburg to discuss the return of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is currently an historical monument and a museum. Russian media sources report that the news of the proposal has generated heated discussion in Russian society. Maxim Reznik, the deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative, and who also chairs the legislature’s commission for culture, confirmed on Thursday that he had received information on a petition filed by Metropolitan Barsanuphius, the ruling hierarch of the diocese for the return of the city’s landmark cathedral....
  • Russian Submarine Wreck Found in Sweden’s Territorial Waters

    A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast, media in Sweden reported on July 27. Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1.5 nautical miles from the Swedish coast. “We are 110 percent sure that it is within Swedish waters” said Dennis Åsberg, a member of Ocean X Team which made the discovery. Reports say the sub is some 60 feet long and 10 feet wide, and holds a crew of...
  • Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast

    07/22/2015 5:53:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/22/15 | Bill Gertz
    Tu-95 Bear bombers intercepted off Mendocino on day Putin calls Obama Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said. “Good morning American pilots, we are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day,” a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber crew member stated over the emergency aircraft channel. Defense officials and the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command said this week that two U.S. F-15 jets intercepted the Russian bombers on July 4 as they flew as close...
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets a $100-million boost

    07/20/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Nature ^ | 7/20/15 | Zeeya Merali
    Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announces most comprehensive hunt for alien life.You could say that the silence has been deafening. Since its beginnings more than half a century ago, the dedicated search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has failed to detect the presence of alien civilizations. But at London’s Royal Society today (20 July), Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced a shot in the arm for SETI: a US$100-million decadal project to provide the most comprehensive hunt for alien communications so far. The initiative, called Breakthrough Listen, will see radio telescopes at Green Bank in West Virginia, the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and...
  • Russian (Su-24) bomber crashes in Pacific region, both pilots killed

    07/06/2015 11:00:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/15 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said. It was the fifth accident involving a Russian military aircraft in the past month, but the first with fatalities. The Su-24 bomber crashed while taking off from an airfield in the Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East at 9:35 p.m. local time, the ministry said in a statement. Shortly after leaving the runway, the plane banked sharply to the left and struck the ground, the ministry said.
  • Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt

    06/20/2015 5:29:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 6-20-2015 | SANDY MACINTYRE and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Friday's talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a prospective Russian natural gas pipeline should help Greece service its debt, but the Kremlin said the question of direct Russian financial aid to Greece was not discussed. Speaking of the pipeline deal at a meeting with top executives of global news agencies, including The Associated Press, which began nearly three hours behind schedule at around midnight, Putin said he saw no support for the Greeks from the EU. "If EU wants Greece to pay its debts it should be...
  • Obama vows he's 'standing up to Russian aggression' at G-7 meeting

    06/07/2015 5:15:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/7/15 | Sean Higgins
    President Obama and other world leaders said Sunday there would be no lifting on the economic sanctions against Russia until it reaches a formal peace agreement with the Ukraine. Obama said they were "standing up to Russian aggression." The leaders were meeting in the small German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the annual conference of the "Group of Seven" leading democratic industrial powers, also known as the G-7. World leaders from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and Canada, were present. It was the second year in a row Russia was barred from attending. In a joint press conference with...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported “very constructive talks” with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the “role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • Was 19th Century apewoman a yeti? 6ft 6in Russian serf who could outrun a horse was 'not human'...

    04/05/2015 12:49:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 45 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 4, 2015 | Jennifer Newton
    Full Title: Was 19th Century apewoman a yeti? 6ft 6in Russian serf who could outrun a horse was 'not human', according to DNA tests Witnesses said Zana the apewoman had the 'characteristics of a wild animal' She was allegedly trapped in Caucusus mountains and covered in thick hair Had 'enormous athletic power' and she could infamously outrun a horse A genetics professor has analysed DNA of six of her living descendants Hundreds of explorers, theorists and fantasists have spent their lives searching for the infamous 'big-foot'. But a leading geneticist believes he has found evidence to prove that it...
  • The Russian Navy is on the verge of collapse

    04/02/2015 1:31:20 AM PDT · by Hugin · 24 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/01/15 | David Axe
    Today the Russian navy possesses around 270 warships including surface combatants, amphibious ships, submarines, and auxiliaries. On paper, that is. But that count includes many ships that are inactive and in poor material condition plus scores of small patrol vessels with very limited combat capability. Of the 270 ships, just 125 or so are in a working state. And of those 125, only around 45 are oceangoing surface warships or submarines that are in good shape and deployable. All the above figures come from Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. By...
  • Police Raid the Lesbians Who Trolled Russia's Leading Anti-Gay Politician

    02/26/2015 2:09:04 PM PST · by redreno · 14 replies
    http://globalvoicesonline.org ^ | Posted 26 February 2015 | Kevin Rothrock
    Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights. The owners of a St. Petersburg lesbian nightclub, raided today by police, are learning that lesson. Infinity is a “girls-only” nightclub for “St. Petersburg’s most stylish young women.” On February 1, one of the club’s owners and several of her friends were flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg, when they spotted Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker famous for initiating Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights. Not fans of his conservative politics, the girls photographed themselves kissing one another in front of...
  • Volunteer Now! Russia Makes It Easy To Fight In Ukraine

    02/22/2015 3:30:41 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Last updated (GMT/UTC): 04.02.2015 11:51 | Tatyana Voltskaya and Daisy Sindelar
    Last spring, when hostilities broke out in eastern Ukraine, Starodubov felt an itch to go fight. The United States was backing a war against his ethnic Russian kin -- "You don't need a fortune-teller to know that," he asserts, offering no details -- and he was desperate to put his military skills to use. [....] 'Normal Nationalists' In St. Petersburg -- where Starodubov is currently recovering from a frontline injury, under the watchful eye of his new wife, Larisa, a Donbas native -- recruitment and training organizations have mushroomed since the start of the war. They include Imperial Legion, the...
  • 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers deploying to Europe amid US effort to deter Russian aggression

    02/18/2015 4:42:04 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 13 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | February 17, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    <p>FORT STEWART, Georgia — The U.S. Army is sending more than 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers to Europe to help assure American allies in the region and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine.</p> <p>Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post said Tuesday that soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy next month.</p>
  • Baghdad leaps to explain warhead find

    02/04/2003 9:32:07 AM PST · by nypokerface · 6 replies · 286+ views
    AP ^ | 02/04/03
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq took the unusual step of issuing an explanation for a missile warhead discovered yesterday by UN arms inspectors -- before the monitors themselves made the news public. The inspectors found the abandoned case of a small rocket and a "modified, damaged and abandoned warhead" at a missile parts factory south of Baghdad, the Iraqi News Agency said, describing it as a Russian-made Luna -- a short-range rocket permitted under UN resolutions. Iraq, however, rarely reports on what the inspectors find. The report appeared timed to give Iraq's version of events before the discovery was publicized by...
  • Over 100 Russian Armored Vehicles Crossed into East Ukraine Last Night

    02/12/2015 3:22:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    After 16 hours of peace talks, Putin has agreed to new ceasefire terms with Ukraine starting February 15, 2015. The ceasefire terms included the removal of Russian heavy weapons from Ukraine. Many are still cautious about the agreement especially after hearing reports that over 100 armored Russian military vehicles crossed into East Ukraine in the late evening. Business Insider reported: About 50 tanks, 40 missile systems, and 40 armored vehicles crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia via the Izvaryne border crossing into the separatist Luhansk region, a Kiev military spokesman said on Thursday. Armored columns of Russian-speaking soldiers without...
  • A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

    02/04/2015 6:41:50 PM PST · by free_life · 40 replies
    Buisness Insider ^ | 2/4/15 | Elena Holodny and Lauren F Friedman
    A Pentagon think tank conducted a study that claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," according to a report. Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement-pattern analysis at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She added that movements reveal "the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."
  • Russian spy cell in New York ... Men tried to crash high-frequency radio messages used for trading

    01/28/2015 7:06:08 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | Jan 27 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Russian spies operating a cell in New York were trying to find ways to cause an economic meltdown, according to court documents. The three men allegedly wanted to ‘destabilise’ high frequency trading systems, which were blamed for the Wall St ‘Flash Crash’ of 2010. snip The FBI began investigating the men in 2010 after ten Russian spies living in the US were arrested, including red-haired femme fatale Anna Chapman. Last night the exposure of the latest spy ring threatened to turn into a diplomatic row as Russia said there was no evidence against the trio. Prosecutors in New York named...
  • US charges Russian 'spies' suspected of trying to recruit New Yorkers

    01/26/2015 12:47:50 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Reuters
    Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobny allegedly conspired to gather intelligence on behalf of Russia and to recruit Americans. Federal prosecutors in New York have unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a spying scheme for Russia’s foreign intelligence service. According to a criminal complaint, Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired in the United States to gather intelligence on behalf of Russia and to recruit New York City residents to help. The conspiracy ran from 2012 to the present, and during that time, Buryakov worked at a bank, Sporyshev was a Russian trade...
  • Russian spy ship in Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

    01/20/2015 2:47:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/20/15 | AFP
    Havana (AFP) - A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, a day before the start of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. There was nothing stealthy about the arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, which was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock. But the visit was not officially announced by Cuban authorities. US officials in Washington played down the presence of the Russian vessel, saying it was perfectly legal and not at all out of the ordinary. "It's not unprecedented. It's not unusual. It's not alarming," a defense official told...
  • Strategic nuclear sub Vladimir Monomakh joins Russian Navy

    12/21/2014 8:15:34 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 9 hours ago | unknown
    Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh has officially become part of the Russian Navy. Armed with Bulava ballistic missiles, the SSBNs of this class are the planet’s most advanced nuclear deterrence tool. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=877_1419144372#6lpwsZ5c7V7SzrzT.99
  • RNAF Intercepts Russian Planes Over Baltic Sea

    12/10/2014 9:04:40 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 13 replies
    F-16's from RNAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) operating from Malbork airbase in Poland. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1b2_1418215345#Efxk1rGWZmuVFsAM.99
  • Drilling Pistol Part of Russian Space Gear...Until 2007

    11/18/2014 9:30:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video For 20 years, the Russians took a survival drilling pistol kit with them into space.  Then they ran out of ammunition.  The YouTube video above does a good job of highlighting the pistol and kit.  Such an item would likely be a "collector's and curio" item in the United States, as no ammunition is available for the shotgun barrels and very few were made.   Some enterprising importer would do well to get a couple of dozen thrown into a Russian import container of rifles and shotguns.   Collectors in the United States would gobble them up!  The shotgun...
  • NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe

    10/31/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    NATO ^ | 30 Oct. 2014
    NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace Eight Russian Aircraft Intercepted over North Sea / Atlantic Ocean on 29 October 2014 At approximately 3:00 a.m. CET on 29 October, NATO radars detected and tracked eight Russian aircraft flying in formation over the North Sea. F-16 aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force were scrambled, intercepted and identified the Russian aircraft,...
  • Editorial: In wake of Yale-New Haven Ebola scare, emergency response impressive

    10/16/2014 6:31:41 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 4 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Register Staff
    The patient is one of two Yale School of Public Health doctoral students who recently returned from Liberia. The students were not in direct contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, but officials said the student interacted with at least one person who was later diagnosed with Ebola. Workers at the Yale School of Public Health expressed legitimate concerns Thursday about whether sufficient precautions were taken upon the students’ return. The students volunteered to stay away from work for 21 days, but school officials decided that was not necessary. School of Public Health Dean Paul Cleary explained in a letter to...
  • Dispelled Myths of Soviet Subs

    09/27/2014 3:43:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    RusNavy.com. ^ | 01.06.10 | Igor Kozyr
    In the era of Cold War the Western information space was full of numerous fantastic stories about Soviet submarines. Having taken shape in books and websites, those tales still keep Americans and Europeans on the trot. RusNavy.com tries to demolish the foremost fables of Western "folklore" of 1950-80's.
  • 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...