Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2006 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia postpones launch of expedition to ISS until Sept.18 RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- Russia said Thursday it had postponed the launch of the next mission to the International Space Station from September 14 until September 18.
- Russia plans to launch first flight to the Moon in 2011-2012 RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- Russia plans to conduct its first manned flight around the Moon in 2011-2012, the president of a leading spacecraft company said Thursday.
- Russia proposes extending ISS service life RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- A leading Russian space concern proposed Thursday using the International Space Station for continued research after its operational life comes to an end in just under 10 years' time.
- Russia may buy minority interest in defense chipmaker RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- A Russian economics official confirmed media reports Thursday that the government may buy a minority stake in the Mikron plant, which produces chips for the defense industry.
- U.S. Discusses Ballistic Missile Conversion with Russia Washington File 30 Aug 2006 -- The United States is considering plans to convert several of its existing long-range ballistic missiles to carry conventional explosives instead of nuclear warheads
- Chechnya: Khasavyurt Accords Failed To Preclude A Second War RFE/RL 30 Aug 2006 -- On August 6, 1996, as OSCE Grozny Mission head Tim Guldimann was seeking to mediate talks between Chechen resistance fighters loyal to acting President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev and the Russian military, the Chechen forces launched a major attack on Grozny, taking control of the city within days.
- Russia: A Timeline Of Terrorism Since 1995 RFE/RL 30 Aug 2006 -- Since the beginning of the first war in Chechnya in 1994, Russia has witnessed many horrific terrorist incidents from subway and aircraft explosions to mass hostage takings.
- Russia warns Lithuania against closing Kaliningrad railroad RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2006 -- Comments made by Lithuanian officials that a railroad leading to Russia's exclave on the Baltic might be closed for repairs could seriously affect bilateral relations, a deputy Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.
- Glonass to be deployed in full by 2010 - Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2006 --Russia's 24-satellite navigational and global positioning system, Glonass, will be fully deployed by 2010, the country's Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
- Next ISS mission could be postponed after shuttle delay RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2006 -- The lift-off of the 14th expedition to the International Space Station could be put off from September 14 to 18 after a shuttle launch was delayed, the head of a leading Russian space company said Wednesday.
- Russia Gets a New Political Party VOA 30 Aug 2006 -- Three small pro-Kremlin parties have announced a merger they say will create an opposing political force to United Russia, the country's dominant political power backed by the Kremlin
- Russia plans to launch 30 satellites, probes to Mars, Venus RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2006 -- Russia plans to orbit at least 30 telecom satellites and launch probes to Mars and Venus under the federal space program for 2006-2015, a Russian Space Agency official said Tuesday.
- Russia mulls new space station, missions to Moon, Mars RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2006 -- The International Space Station will be dismantled after 2015 to be replaced with a new orbital station, a Russian Space Agency official said Tuesday.
- Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov denies plans to run for president RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2006 -- Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who is also a prime minister, denied Saturday media reports that he intended to run for president.
- Russia's defense order to reach $11 bln in 2007-Sergei Ivanov RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2006 -- Russia's state defense order would total 237 billion rubles ($8.7 bln) in 2006, increasing to 302 billion rubles ($11 bln) in 2007, the defense minister said Saturday.
- Russia, U.S. need no new strategic arms control deals RIA Novosti 25 Aug 2006 -- Neither Russia nor the United States is interested in new deals on controls over strategic offensive weapons, a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Russia might tear up ISR Missile Treaty-Defense Ministry source RIA Novosti 25 Aug 2006 -- Russia could unilaterally withdraw from the Treaty on Intermediate and Shorter Range Missiles, a Defense Ministry official said Friday.
- Russia: Spy Cases Not Quite Like Old Times RFE/RL 24 Aug 2006 -- The Moscow City Court on August 23 sentenced a Russian man to 12 years at a high-security prison for attempting to pass military secrets to Germany.
- Russian strategic bombers launch cruise missiles in exercises RIA Novosti 24 Aug 2006 -- Russian strategic bombers launched a series of cruise missiles during command and staff exercises at a northern testing ground, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Thursday.
- Atomstroiexport, Iran's AEO discuss Bushehr NPP construction RIA Novosti 23 Aug 2006 -- Atomstroiexport and Iran's Atomic Energy Organization discussed Tuesday the implementation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant construction schedule, the Russian nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly said Wednesday.
- Russia committed to Iran nuclear dialogue, new talks possibility RIA Novosti 23 Aug 2006 -- New consultations might be needed to discuss Iran's response to international proposals to resolve the dispute over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, but Russia remains committed to dialogue, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
- United Russian aircraft corp. to be registered in Sept. - MiG RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2006 -- The United Russian Aircraft Corporation will be registered in September, the director general of the MiG aircraft maker said Tuesday.
- Chechen militants have lost their leaders - interior minister RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2006 -- Thanks to the work of law enforcement agencies in Chechnya, the republic's militants have lost almost all of their leaders, the Russian interior minister said Monday.
- Austrian suspect in Russia spying case released, probe continues RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2006 -- A former employee of an Austrian industrial group detained in July on suspicion of spying for Russia has been released from custody on a pledge not to leave Innsbruck, an Austrian prosecutor said Monday.
- Chechnya: New Council Points To Divisions In Republic's Leadership RFE/RL 19 Aug 2006 -- On October 5, Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov will turn 30, the minimum age for candidates for the post of pro-Moscow republic head.
- Two Chechen militants surrender in last 24 hours - authorities RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2006 -- Two former members of illegal armed groups surrendered in the last 24 hours in Chechnya, local Interior Ministry said Saturday.
- Chechen warlord Umarov's brother surrenders - Chechnya govt. RIA Novosti 18 Aug 2006 -- Chechen warlord Doku Umarov's younger brother surrendered Friday, the North Caucasus republic's government said, correcting an earlier report that Doku Umarov himself had surrendered.
- Russian Air Force chief calls for stronger defense capability RIA Novosti 18 Aug 2006 -- Russia needs to strengthen its defense capability because the global military-political situation is deteriorating, the Air Force commander said Friday.
- Security Issues Surround Russian Nuclear Stockpile VOA 17 Aug 2006 -- It's been almost 15 years since the United States launched its program to help secure the world's largest nuclear stockpile -- in Russia
- Russia's defense, security spending set to rise 23% in 2007 RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2006 -- National defense, law enforcement and security spending will grow 22.7% in 2007, the Russian government said in budget and tax policy guidelines released Wednesday.
- Russia launches military exercises in Tajikistan RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2006 -- Russia's 201st military base in Tajikistan has begun division-level command and staff exercises, the base press service said Tuesday.
- Air Force to conduct air defense exercise in southern Russia RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2006 -- Russia's air force will deploy S-300 air defense systems during a five-day combined air defense exercise in the south of the country this week, a spokesman said Monday.
- U.S. giant Boeing, Russia titanium no.1 Vsmpo-Avisma set up JV-1 RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Russian titanium giant Vsmpo-Avisma (RTS: VSMO) announced Friday the establishment of a joint venture to assemble titanium products for Boeing passenger liners.
- Putin promises to back Boeing business in Russia RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he would support U.S. aircraft giant Boeing in Russia.
- Russian peacekeepers in Kodori Gorge unacceptable - Georgia RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- Georgia has every legitimate reason to refuse a Russian peacekeeping role in international monitoring of a gorge forming de facto border between the breakaway region of Abkhazia and Tbilisi-controlled territory, Georgia's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- Russia to down airliners seized by terrorists - AF chief RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- Only a genuine threat to Russia's vital installations may serve as grounds for downing passenger airliners, the Air Force chief said Friday.
- Russian Air Force to buy Yak-130 planes despite trainer crash RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- A recent crash of a Yak-130 trainer in central Russia will leave the Defense Ministry's plans to buy the modern planes for the army unaffected, the Air Force commander said Friday.
- S-400 air defense system to get new missiles in 2006 - AF chief RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2006 -- Russia's new air defense system, the S-400, will be equipped with new missiles by the end of 2006, the Air Force commander said Friday.
- Russia repatriates spent nuclear fuel from Poland reactor RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Russia has taken back dozens of kilograms of highly enriched spent uranium from a reactor built with Soviet assistance in Poland, the Russian Federal Agency for Nuclear Power said Thursday.
- Boeing Russia boss says projects unaffected by U.S. sanctions RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Sanctions imposed by the United States against two Russian companies will hardly affect deals with Russian titanium producers and a SuperJet project involving Boeing, the head of the U.S. giant in Russia said Thursday.
- Russia denies sending anti-tank weapons to Hizbollah - ministry RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Russia has been supplying no modern anti-tank weapons to Lebanon-based radical group Hizbollah, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday, denying Israeli media reports.
- Colonel convicted of spying for U.K. appeals verdict RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Lawyers acting for a Russian military intelligence colonel sentenced to 13 years in prison for spying for the United Kingdom have filed an appeal, a spokesman for the Moscow district military court said Thursday.
- Sukhoi SuperJet project unaffected by U.S. sanctions - Boeing RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- Sanctions imposed by the United States against Russian aircraft-maker Sukhoi will hardly affect a SuperJet project involving Boeing, an American official with the aircraft giant said Wednesday.
- Russia: Government Plans Major Investment In Disputed Kurile Islands RFE/RL 09 Aug 2006 -- The Russian government has announced plans to make the Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean the best-funded region in Russia
- Russia to up defense spending by $2.6bln in 2007 RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- Russia will raise military spending by 70 billion rubles ($2.6 billion) in 2007, the finance minister said Wednesday.
- Russian convicted spy colonel worked for Britain's MI6 RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- A Russian military intelligence colonel sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday spied for the United Kingdom, Russia's main security service said.
- Interview: Russia Arms Sanctions 'Not Possible' To Contest Legally RFE/RL 08 Aug 2006 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on two major Russian arms dealers -- state arms exporter Rosoboroneksport and the aviation firm Sukhoi -- for allegedly selling high-tech equipment to Iran.
- Russian scientist given 6-year suspended sentence for spying RIA Novosti 08 Aug 2006 -- A Russian scientist has been given a suspended prison sentence of six years after being convicted of espionage, a court spokesman said Tuesday.
- Rosoboronexport says U.S. sanctions may affect RRJ project RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2006 -- Sanctions imposed by the United States against Russian aircraft-maker Sukhoi and arms exporter Rosoboronexport may have negative effects on the Russian Regional Jet project, the Rosoboronexport head said Monday.
- Rosoboronexport unaffected by U.S. sanctions - head RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2006 -- U.S. sanctions against Rosoboronexport will not affect the company's work, the general director of the Russian state arms exporter said Monday.
- U.S. sanctions against Russian companies unrelated to WMD-Ivanov RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2006 -- Russia's defense minister said Monday U.S. sanctions against Russia's state arms exporter and a state-owned aircraft manufacturer were unrelated to nonproliferation issues.
- U.S. sanctions related to competition - official RIA Novosti 06 Aug 2006 -- U.S. sanctions against two Russian state-owned defense companies are related to competition, a deputy general director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said Sunday.
- Russia assumes command of Blackseafor RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2006 -- Russia's Navy took over command of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group from Romania Saturday prior to an active phase of a Blackseafor exercise, the press service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet said.
- U.S. sanctions related to Russia arms deals with Venezuela RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2006 -- Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday U.S. sanctions against two Russian state-owned companies were linked with their contracts with Venezuela.
- Russia Calls US Sanctions Against Two Weapons Companies 'Unlawful' VOA 05 Aug 2006 -- Russian officials have reacted sharply to the sanctions imposed by the United States against two major weapons firms, calling the action "unlawful."
- Moscow slams U.S. sanctions against two Russian state companies RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2006 -- Moscow has condemned a move by the United States to impose sanctions on two state-owned Russian companies over their cooperation with Iran, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday in a statement.
- Admiralty Shipyards conducts sea trials of new diesel submarine RIA Novosti 03 Aug 2006 -- Admiralty Shipyards, a St. Petersburg-based company, said Thursday it had started the second round of sea trials of a new diesel-electric submarine.
- Verdict on Russian scientist accused of spying postponed RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2006 -- The verdict in an espionage trial of a Russian scientist has been postponed until August 8, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
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