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October 2000 - Russia Special Weapons News

  • International Space Station, Voice of America, 31 October 2000 -- A joint Russian-American crew lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is on its way to a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
  • NASA Reports on Launch of Crew to New Space Station, National Aeronautic And Space Administration, 31 October 2000 -- At 1:53 a.m. CST (7:53 GMT), the International Space Station's first resident crew launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to begin its two-day journey to the station.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - Russian Technology Transfer, U.S. Department of Defense, 31 October 2000 -- Q: Speaking of classified information, it was reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that low-observable radar stealth technology has been transferred to the Russians. Is the Pentagon aware of that? Any kind of investigation going on that they have a hand in?
  • Space Station Occupation, Voice of America, 30 October 2000 -- A Russian Soyuz rocket [is about to lift off] [has lifted off] from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on a historic mission. It [will carry] [is carrying] the first crew to occupy the new international space station - a U-S astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts.
  • Russia Sub, Voice of America, 30 October 2000 -- 12 bodies have been removed from the wreck so far.
  • Space station quest goes back to '80s, Reuters, 30 October 2000 -- The beginning of full-time operations aboard the International Space Station marks a milestone in a journey that began 19 years ago on Capitol Hill.
  • State Nonproliferation Official on Russian Arms Talks, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 30 October 2000 -- A State Department nonproliferation official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee October 25 that sensitive national security matters are being compromised by political campaigns that drag "legitimately classified material into the newspapers as photo insets."
  • Russia - Sub, Voice of America, 27 October 2000 -- In Russia, details are beginning to emerge about what the final moments were like for sailors aboard the nuclear submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea two months ago. The Russian navy says fire swept through the vessel, and at least some of the (118) victims died of burns and other injuries.
  • Russia sub, Voice of America, 28 October 2000 -- Russian and Norwegian divers resumed work Saturday at the wreck of the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk after more than a day's delay due to bad weather.
  • Divers Recover Four Bodies From 'Kursk' Wreck...As Note Reported Found On One Crew Member, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 208, Part I, 26 October 2000 -- Following the cutting of a hole in the hull of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 25 October 2000), Russian divers recovered four bodies from the vessel before worsening weather conditions forced them to suspend the recovery operation on the morning of 26 October.
  • Russia Sub, Voice of America, 26 October 2000 -- A note found on one of four bodies recovered from the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk confirms that some crew members survived the blast that sent the vessel to the bottom of the Barents Sea last August.
  • Divers Complete Entry Hole In 'Kursk' Submarine, RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 207, Part I, 25 October 2000 -- Russian and Norwegian divers have completed a hole in the hull of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine that will allow Russian divers to enter the vessel in search of bodies of the 118 crew members.
  • Russia / Sub, Voice of America, 25 October 2000 -- Three bodies have been recovered from the wreck of the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk. A Russian diver entered the vessel after a laborious process of cutting through the double hull.
  • 'Mir' To Be Dumped Next February? , RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 206, Part I, 24 October 2000 -- Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov told journalists in Moscow on 23 October that Moscow will "most likely" bring down the "Mir" space station into the Pacific Ocean in late February 2001, ITAR-TASS reported.
  • 'Kursk' Recovery Operation Resumes Following Storm , RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 206, Part I, 24 October 2000 -- The operation to recover at least some of the bodies of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine was halted in the evening of 23 October as weather conditions at the disaster site worsened.
  • Three New Military Satellites In Orbit , RFE/RL Security Watch Vol. 1, No. 14, 23 October 2000 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has put three new Hurricane military satellites into orbit, boosting the military's telecommunication system GLONASS
  • Russia's Ivanov In Tehran Amidst Nuclear Deal Uproar , RFE/RL Iran Report, Vol. 3, No. 40, 23 October 2000 -- Russian Federation Security Council Secretary Sergei Ivanov arrived in Tehran on 17 October to participate in discussions regarding Central Asian security and terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.
  • Divers Begin Work To Retrieve 'Kursk' Crew Bodies , RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 205, Part I, 23 October 2000 -- Russian and Norwegian divers, working in shifts over the past weekend, have cut through the outer hull of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine and removed an industrial rubber coating between the outer and inner hulls.
  • Russia/Mir, Voice of America, 22 October 2000 -- For several years, Russia has been considering what to do with its aging MIR space station. Now, a panel of experts has drawn up a plan that could bring the station to a fiery end within several months.
  • Russia - Sub, Voice of America, 21 October 2000 -- Divers have descended to the wreck of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in August. They are preparing the way for a larger operation to recover the bodies of crewmen who died.
  • Navy Commander Warns 'Kursk' Recovery Operation May Be Called Off...As Captain's Widow Resigns From Commission Helping Victims' Families, RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 204, Part I, 20 October 2000 -- Following contradictory comments by Russian officials over the prospects for recovering at least some of the bodies of the 118-strong crew of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 19 October 2000), the Navy commander has suggested that the recovery operation may not take place.
  • Shuttle, Voice of America, 19 October 2000 -- The U-S shuttle Discovery undocks from the international space station Friday after a week of construction.
  • U.S.-FUNDED NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITY OPENS , RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 203, Part I, 19 October 2000 -- Russian and U.S. officials have opened a facility in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, aimed at helping reduce the risk of pollution from Russia's decommissioned nuclear submarines.
  • IS GOVERNMENT STALLING OVER 'KURSK' RESCUE OPERATION? , RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 203, Part I, 19 October 2000 -- Colonel General Valerii Manilov, first deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, was quoted by Interfax on 18 October as suggesting the government may reverse its decision to recover the bodies of at least some of the 118 crew members of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine, which sank in the Barents Sea in August during maneuvers.
  • Shuttle Wednesday wrap, Voice of America, 18 October 2000 -- Two spacewalking U-S astronauts from the shuttle Discovery have completed the latest series of construction jobs on the international space station.
  • Shuttle, Voice of America, 16 October 2000 -- Spacewalks continue outside the U-S shuttle Discovery Tuesday following two successful outings by astronauts to outfit the international space station for permanent occupancy.
  • SHUTTLE SUNDAY, Voice of America, 15 October 2000 -- Two U-S space shuttle astronauts are on a spacewalk to continue outfitting the international space station, to which the shuttle is docked.
  • SHUTTLE, Voice of America, 14 October 2000 -- U-S space shuttle Discovery astronauts installed a major structure to the outside of the international space station Saturday, despite an electrical failure that made the effort tougher.
  • SHUTTLE-SPACE STATION DOCKING, Voice of America, 13 October 2000 -- The U-S space shuttle Discovery has docked with the international space station to begin a complicated construction mission.
  • SHUTTLE - SPACE STATION, Voice of America, 12 October 2000 -- The U-S space shuttle Discovery is closing in on the international space station for a rendezvous later today [Friday, 1:45 p.m. EDT]. But Discovery will probably have to locate the station without radar, because a shuttle antenna has stopped working.
  • SHUTTLE LAUNCH, Voice of America, 11 October 2000 -- After three delays due to technical problems and high winds, the U-S space shuttle Discovery is finally on its way to a rendezvous with the international space station.
  • SENATE / IRAN MISSILES, Voice of America, 05 October 2000 -- The Clinton administration says Russian technology is still flowing to Iran's missile program, despite the threat of U-S sanctions.
  • INDIA/RUSSIA, Voice of America, 05 October 2000 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded a three-day official visit to India with a call for boosting business ties, and a commitment to expand nuclear energy cooperation.
  • U.S., Russia Continue to Protect Nuclear Material in Russian Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC, 05 October 2000 -- The Department of Energy has announced the completion of security system enhancements on Russian Navy Ship PM-12, the second of three Russian Federation Navy submarine service ships scheduled for security upgrades through the department's Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.
  • Shuttle Discovery Poised for Journey to Space Station, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 02 October 2000 -- NASA managers set Oct. 5 as the launch date for Discovery on a mission that will initiate the heart of construction for the International Space Station (ISS), as the shuttle carries aloft a nine-ton exterior framework and a three-ton docking port to be attached to the complex.



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