Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2005 Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia Rejects Charges Against Troops In South Ossetia RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Russia rejected claims that its peacekeeping contingent in South Ossetia is involved in anti-Georgian terrorist acts and other criminal operations.
- CIS Defense Ministers Meeting In Moscow RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Defense ministers from CIS countries are meeting today in Moscow to discuss military cooperation and peacekeeping operations.
- Senior Russian Official Accuses U.S., NATO of Stoking Tensions in Central Asia RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- The secretary of Russia's National Security Council today accused the United States and NATO of putting pressure former Soviet republics in Central Asia and increasing tensions in the region.
- North Ossetian Commission Releases Beslan Report RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- The North Ossetian parliamentary commission investigating last year's Beslan hostage tragedy today released its findings before regional lawmakers.
- Russia Successfully Test-Fires Ballistic Missile RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- The Russian military today successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile as part of regular efforts to monitor the performance of its aging missiles.
- Russia: Human Rights Groups Spurn Chechen Poll RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- Russia's leading human rights organizations refused to monitor the 27 November parliamentary elections in Chechnya, the first to be held in the war-torn republic since the Kremlin launched its second campaign to crush separatists in 1999.
- Putin Welcomes Chechen Vote RFE/RL 28 Nov 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the preliminary results of yesterday's parliamentary vote in the war-torn republic of Chechnya.
- Dispute Erupts Over Turnout In Chechen Elections RFE/RL 27 Nov 2005 -- Voting is over in Chechnya's first parliamentary elections in nearly nine years, with no initial reports of major violence but a controversy erupting over unofficial turnout figures that emerged for the 27 November ballot.
- Russia: With Heavy Security In Evidence, Chechen Vote Comes Off Without Violence RFE/RL 27 Nov 2005 -- Voting today for a new bicameral parliament to replace the North Caucasus republic's State Council represent the first legislative polls to have taken place in the war-torn region since 1997.
- Chechnya Holds Local Elections VOA 27 Nov 2005 -- Voting is underway for a local parliament in Russia's troubled southern republic of Chechnya. Security is tight, amid fears of possible rebel attacks.
- Russia To Search For Lost Radioactive Generators RFE/RL 25 Nov 2005 -- The Russian Navy was searching for two isotope thermoelectric generators that fell into the Sea of Okhotsk eight and 18 years ago due to "technical failures."
- Chechnya: Parliamentary Elections Mark Final Stage In 'Normalization Plan' RFE/RL 25 Nov 2005 -- If Russian President Vladimir Putin is to be believed, the 27 November parliamentary elections in Chechnya mark the final stage in the normalization of the rebellious province and proof that the war against the Chechen resistance is truly over
- Russia Still To Unload Nuclear Fuel From 50 Submarines RFE/RL 23 Nov 2005 -- A senior official at the Russian nuclear atomic energy agency, Rosatom, says Russia still has to unload nuclear fuel from 50 decommissioned submarines.
- Russia rules out early transfer of nuclear fuel to Bushehr IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- A senior Russian official said here Tuesday that Moscow would not ship nuclear fuel to the Bushehr plant it is building for Iran before the facility's scheduled completion by mid-2006.
- Putin Promises Japan Oil, but not Islands VOA 21 Nov 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, on a three-day visit to Japan, met for more than two hours with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
- Massive Security Effort Set For Chechen Elections RFE/RL 21 Nov 2005 -- Some 24,000 police and Russian soldiers will provide security during Chechnya's parliamentary election later this month.
- Koizumi-Putin Summit to Discuss Territorial Dispute VOA 20 Nov 2005 -- After attending the APEC leaders' summit in South Korea, Russia's president visits Japan.
- Military Says Russian Troops Confess To Chechen Killings RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- The Russian military announced today that the three soldiers suspected of killing Chechen civilians earlier this week have confessed to the crime.
- Bush Backs Russia on Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- President Bush is backing an initiative to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program by having Iran enrich uranium inside Russia.
- US Hopes Russia Can Help Bring Iran Out of Nuclear Isolation VOA 17 Nov 2005 -- US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says countries like Russia have a growing concern about Iran's nuclear program.
- Japan, Russia Do Not Expect Kurile Agreement RFE/RL 17 Nov 2005 -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are reportedly not likely to sign a joint political statement on their disputed territories at their upcoming meeting.
- Russian, Indian Officials Discuss $10 Billion In Arms Contracts RFE/RL 16 Nov 2005 -- The Indian defense minister said today that Russia and India are discussing some $10 billion worth of arms sales contracts.
- Japan Protests Russian Comments On Disputed Islands RFE/RL 16 Nov 2005 -- Japan today protested comments by a Russian official criticizing Tokyo's stance on a territorial dispute between the two nations.
- Ukraine FM: Moscow Violating Deal On Black Sea Fleet RFE/RL 15 Nov 2005 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk today accused Russia of violating an agreement that allows Moscow to base its Black Sea Fleet in a Ukrainian port.
- Russia: Putin Appoints Regional Figures As Trusted Envoys RFE/RL 15 Nov 2005 -- Kamil Iskhakov, Putin's new envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District, is a 56-year-old ethnic Tatar.
- Russia: Kremlin Reshuffle Prompts Speculation About 2008 Presidential Elections RFE/RL 15 Nov 2005 -- The promotion of two key allies of Vladimir Putin has led to speculation in Moscow that the Russian president is preparing the way for a successor in 2008
- India Says Russian Military Imports Reaching $9 Billion RFE/RL 15 Nov 2005 -- India's defense minister said today that New Delhi is spending nearly $9 billion on Russian weapons and military equipment.
- Putin Names New Appointees To Security Council RFE/RL 15 Nov 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today named three officials he promoted in a leadership shake- up yesterday to his influential Security Council.
- Russia and Uzbekistan Sign Alliance Agreement VOA 14 Nov 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin strengthened ties with the leader of Uzbekistan in Moscow on Monday just as a controversial trial was ending back in the Central Asian state
- Lawyers Appeal Arrest Of Russian Scientist RFE/RL 14 Nov 2005 -- The head of a Russian space-technology company arrested on charges of giving China technology that could be used for military purposes is appealing his arrest.
- Russian Official Accused Of Illegal Tech Transfers RFE/RL 14 Nov 2005 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused an official from a Russian space technology institute of illegally transferring technology with possible military use to China.
- Russian Security Official In Tehran For Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 12 Nov 2005 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov met today with Iranian nuclear officials to discuss Russia's role in helping Tehran develop nuclear-power plants.
- Suspected Nalchik Raiders Arrested In Eastern Siberia RFE/RL 11 Nov 2005 -- Authorities in Russia's Far East say they have arrested two men suspected of taking part in an armed raid last month in the North Caucasus.
- Authorities Suspect Scholar Of Instigating Nalchik Raid RFE/RL 11 Nov 2005 -- A Russian prosecutor says a prominent Islamic scholar is suspected of instigating a militant raid in the North Caucasus last month.
- Iran has right to develop peaceful nuclear program, says Rosatom IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Chief of the Russian Federal Nuclear Energy Agency (Rosatom) Alexander Rumyantsev claimed that Iran has the right and grounds to develop a peaceful nuclear energy programe.
- Russia offers Iran 'uranium compromise' IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Russia was reported Thursday to be proposing a compromise plan that will permit Iran to continue uranium conversion at its Isfahan plant.
- Bushehr power station to be implemented: Moscow IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Spokesman for the Russian Atomic Energy Agency Nikolai Shingarev said here Thursday that the project on Bushehr Nuclear Power Station is currently underway and is expected be completed on schedule.
- Military Says Federal Mortar Fire On Chechen Village Was 'Mistake' RFE/RL 10 Nov 2005 -- A military official in Chechnya described as an accident a mortar-fire attack by federal forces on the village of Starye Atagi.
- Police Conclude Investigations Into Nalchik Attacks RFE/RL 08 Nov 2005 -- Police in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkariya have concluded investigations into last month's attacks by alleged Islamic extremists in Nalchik.
- U.S. Nuclear Security Agency Converts Czech Reactor Washington File 04 Nov 2005 -- For the first time, a Russian-supplied research reactor has been converted successfully from weapons-grade fuel to a fuel not of weapons grade, after a secret mission that removed its weapons-usable fuel and returned it to Russia, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) says.
- Russia: Nalchik Raids Trigger New Wave Of Harassment Against Muslims RFE/RL 04 Nov 2005 -- Last month's armed raid on Nalchik has left the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkariya in a state of shock
- Russia: Bird Flu Sparks Mixed Reactions RFE/RL 03 Nov 2005 -- Outbreaks of the H5N1 bird flu virus potentially deadly for humans have been confirmed in eight Russian provinces, prompting a mass cull of poultry.
- Russia, China Sign Eight Agreements RFE/RL Nov Oct 2005 -- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao held talks in Beijing today that focused on trade, international affairs, and cooperation in technology.
- Russia: Moscow Treads A Fine Line With UN Syria Vote RFE/RL 01 Nov 2005 -- On 31 October, Russia voted unanimously with the other members of the UN Security Council for a resolution demanding Syria's full cooperation with a UN investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri
- Defense Minister Says Russia Not Planning Military Alliance In Asia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has said that recent joint military exercises with China and India do not mean that Russia is seeking a new military alliance in Asia
- Russia: Putin Says Europe Soft On Terrorists RFE/RL 01 Nov 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today opened a state visit to the Netherlands, one of Russia's most important trading partners and a senior member of the European Union
- New Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Russia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2005 -- A fresh outbreak of a bird-flu strain that is potentially deadly for humans has been confirmed in a Russian village in the Urals.
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list