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December 2006 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia: 2006 -- A Year Of Muscle And Missteps RFE/RL 29 Dec 2006 -- For the first time, Russia chaired the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialized nations --a presidency that significantly raised Moscow's international standing.
- Russia: Controversy Mars G8 Presidency RFE/RL 29 Dec 2006 -- Russia's reign as G8 president, which comes to a close on January 1, began and ended with controversy.
- Legendary Soviet agent Boris Gudz dies at 104 RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- Russia's oldest Soviet-era security agent, Boris Gudz, who helped eliminate the legendaryMI-6 super agent, Sydney Reilly, in the large-scale Operation Trest in 1921-26, has died at the age of 104, the KGB's successor said Friday.
- Su-25 attack aircraft to serve in Russian Air Force for 30 more years RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2006 -- The modernized Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft features significantly improved combat capability and could serve in the Russian Air Force for at least another 30 years, the Russian Air Force chief said Thursday.
- Russia scraps 148 out of 197 decommissioned nuclear submarines RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2006 -- Russia has dismantled 148 out of 197 decommissioned Soviet-era nuclear submarines, a Russian Federal Nuclear Power Agency official said Wednesday.
- New Russian carrier rocket launched from Baikonur RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2006 -- A new Russian carrier rocket Soyuz 2-1B with a French satellite Corot on board has lifted off from the Baikonur space center in the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the Federal Space Agency said Wednesday.
- Bulava missile requires 12-14 test launches - space official RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2006 -- Russia's top space official said tests of Russia's newest ballistic missile, Bulava, would continue despite recent failures, adding it would take about 12 to 14 test launches to bring it into readiness.
- Test launch of Bulava missile fails third time this year - paper RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2006 -- A test launch of Russia's newest ballistic missile, Bulava, failed Sunday for a third time in the past four months, putting in jeopardy the national nuclear re-armament plan, a leading business daily reported Tuesday.
- Georgia to continue border delimitation talks with Russia in 2007 RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2006 -- Georgia has encountered difficulties at talks with Russia on the state border delimitation and will continue talks throughout next year, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
- Russia launches three Glonass satellites RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2006 -- Russia has expanded its global navigation satellite system (Glonass) with three satellites, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday.
- Russian Air Force to receive first six Su-25SM attack aircraft RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2006 -- Russia's Air Force will receive six modernized Su-25SM Frogfoot attack aircraft at an aircraft repair plant in the Moscow Region December 27, the chief Air Force spokesman said Monday.
- Militants surrounded in South Russia, operation continues RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2006 -- Police in Russia's republic of Karachayevo-Circassia in North Caucasus are conducting a special operation to apprehend a group of suspected militants in the center of the capital, Cherkessk, a local police spokesman said Monday.
- Russian carrier rocket puts communications satellite into orbit RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2006 -- A carrier rocket launched from a site in northern Russia has delivered a communications satellite into orbit, the press office of the Russian Space Forces said Sunday.
- Russia formally completes pullout of its Tbilisi garrison RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2006 -- Russia has formally completed the withdrawal of a military garrison from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, by handing over control of its headquarters to Georgia's Defense Ministry, the Russian regional military command said Saturday.
- Russia against U.S. missile defense plans for Europe - DM Ivanov RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- Russia is opposed to the United States' plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Central Europe, the defense minister said Friday.
- U.S. counterspy kills Russian to get apartment - Russian paper RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- The case of an American counterspy who strangled the uncle of his Russian wife in Russia's Far East in September has gone to court, a popular Russian daily said Friday.
- Ex-agent reveals KGB mind control techniques - paper RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- A former KGB officer has divulged secrets of special mind control techniques that security services in developed nations used during and after the Cold War, a Russian government daily said Friday.
- Russia puts new early-warning radar station on combat duty RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- A new early-warning radar has become operational in northwest Russia's Leningrad Region, to fill a gap in national radar coverage that had existed for seven years, the defense minister said Friday.
- Russia's Missile Forces successfully launch SS-18 Satan ICBM RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2006 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces have conducted a successful test launch of an RS-20V Voyevoda (NATO codename SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile, the forces' press office said Thursday.
- Russia: The KGB's Post-Soviet 'Commercialization' RFE/RL 20 Dec 2006 -- Russia today is honoring workers in the state security agencies -- a professional holiday better known by its Soviet-era appellation, "Chekists' Day" -- as the legacy of the KGB grows increasingly commercial -- and criminal.
- FSB catches 27 foreign spies in 2006 RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2006 -- The Federal Security Service said Tuesday it has exposed 27 foreign intelligence officers and 89 Russian agents this year.
- Deputy PM: Defense industry must integrate in civilian sector RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2006 -- Russia's defense industry must increase its integration in the civilian sector of the economy, the defense minister said Monday.
- Germany returns shipment of enriched uranium to Russia RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2006 -- A Russian cargo plane carrying around 330 kilograms (730 lbs) of enriched uranium from Germany has landed at an airport near Moscow, Russia's nuclear watchdog said Monday.
- Moscow research facility shuts down six of 12 nuclear reactors RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2006 -- Six out of 12 nuclear reactors at the Kurchatov nuclear research institute in Moscow have been shut down and pose no danger, a deputy director of the institute said Monday.
- Russia plans to open strategic dialogue with Japan next year-FM RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2006 -- Russia hopes its strategic dialogue with Japan will start next year, the Russian foreign minister said Saturday.
- Russia to re-equip its new mobile ICBMs with multiple warheads RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2006 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces is set to start re-equipping its single-warhead mobile Topol-M (SS-27) intercontinental ballistic missile systems with multiple re-entry vehicles, its commander said Friday.
- Russian Air Force receives first advanced bombers RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2006 -- Russia's Air Force received Friday its first two newly built Su-34 Fullback bombers.
- Russia's Techsnabexport to develop uranium deposit in Australia RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2006 -- Russian state-owned uranium producer and trader Techsnabexport intends to take part in developing the world's largest copper and uranium deposit, Olympic Dam in Australia, the first deputy CEO said Friday.
- Aso's Kurils proposal unrealistic, but may spur talks - experts RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2006 -- Russian experts believe the Japanese foreign minister's new proposal to divide the Kuril islands could reinvigorate talks on the long-standing territorial row with Russia, but doubt it is a realistic option.
- Tokyo refuses to back FM Aso's proposal over Kurils RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2006 -- Japan's government distanced itself Thursday from Foreign Minister Taro Aso's proposal to resolve a long-standing territorial row with Russia over four Kuril islands by dividing them down the middle.
- Topol-M mobile ICBMs crucial for national security -- Putin RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2006 -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the deployment of mobile Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile systems contributes a great deal to Russia's national security.
- Russia says sanctions against Iran will rupture talks IRNA 13 Dec 2006 -- Chief of Russian General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky said on Wednesday that UN Security Council sanctions against Iran will bring talks on the country's nuclear program to a standstill.
- Russian military chief warns of U.S. anti-missile shield impact RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2006 -- Russia disapproves of U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe, and believes the move may adversely affect global as well as European security, the head of the Russian armed forces' general staff said Wednesday.
- Tu-160 bomber to remain core of Russian long-range aviation RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2006 -- Russia's Air Force will continue to upgrade and modernize its assets, but it has enough aircraft to carry out strategic missions, the commander-in-chief of Strategic Bomber Aviation said Tuesday.
- Russian AA systems upgrade to boost efficiency - Frolov RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2006 -- An upgrade of Russia's antiaircraft missile systems will significantly boost the efficiency of fighting tactical ballistic missiles and other high-precision weapons, an air defense official said Monday.
- Ukraine's NATO entry will complicate ties with Russia - Ivanov RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Russia's defense minister warned Thursday that Ukraine's accession to NATO would strain bilateral relations with Russia.
- Six Russian facilities hold licenses to work with polonium-210 RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Five Russian companies and the chemistry faculty of Moscow State University hold licenses to deal with substances containing polonium-210, the national nuclear watchdog said Thursday.
- Russia to sell arms worth $6 bln in 2006 - Putin RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Russia may receive some $6 billion on sales of weapons and military hardware in 2006, the president said Thursday.
- Top prosecutors launch criminal case into Litvinenko's death RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Russia's top prosecutors launched Thursday a criminal investigation into the poisoning of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, and into a related murder attempt on a Russian businessman.
- Litvinenko probe does not affect Russia-U.K. relations - Lavrov RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- The investigation into the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko in London does not affect relations with Britain on the Russian side, the foreign minister said Thursday.
- Ex-PM says Kremlin enemies may be behind his mystery illness RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- A former acting prime minister said Thursday that enemies of Russia might have been involved in the sudden illness that struck him last month.
- Russia in talks with other countries on joint Glonass use RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia is negotiating with other countries on the possible joint use of Russia's global positioning satellite system Glonass, the head of the Russian Space Agency said Tuesday.
- Russia to join U.S. lunar exploration program if funded RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia will join the U.S Moon exploration program if Washington provides the necessary funding, a Russian space representative said Tuesday.
- Russia conducts test of missile defense system RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- A spokesman for Russia's Space Forces said Tuesday an anti-missile of the country's missile defense system was launched from a testing range in Kazakhstan.
- Russia set to crack down on unlicensed arms production abroad RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia intends to step up its efforts to prevent illegal production and sales of Russian arms abroad, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday.
- Russia, Norway to continue cooperation in scrapping nuclear subs RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia's atomic energy agency, Rosatom, said Tuesday that a new five-year agreement it has signed with Norway's Foreign Ministry will further cooperation in dismantling Russian nuclear-powered submarines.
- Senior officers disciplined over hazing in Russia Pacific Fleet RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2006 -- Several commanders in Russia's Pacific Fleet have been reprimanded for hazing incidents in their units, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
- Russia's only polonium-producing reactor idle for two years RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2006 -- The only reactor in Russia able to produce a radioactive isotope found in the body of a former Russian secret service agent in the U.K. was shut down two years ago, a source in the Russian nuclear agency said Monday.
- Topol-M missile regiment put on active duty - minister RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2006 -- Russia is completing the mobilization of a regiment of Topol-M mobile missile systems and placing it on active duty, the defense minister said Monday.
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