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December 2012 - Russia Special Weapons News

  • Russia's Ex-Deputy Defense Minister Kobets Dies RIA Novosti 31 Dec 2012 -- Former-Deputy Defense Minister, and General of the Russian Army, Konstantin Kobets, has died in Moscow at the age of 73, Russia's Defense Ministry Press Office confirmed on Monday.
  • India Receives Second Russia-Built Stealth Missile Frigate RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2012 -- The second of three stealth frigates that Russia builds for India at the Yantar Shipyard in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad arrived at the port of Mumbai, an Indian Defense Ministry source said on Sunday.
  • First Borey Class Nuclear Sub to Join Russian Navy on Sunday RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2012 -- Russia's first Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, will be officially put into service with the Russian Navy on Sunday, the designer of the sub said.
  • Russia Delivers Four MiG-29K Fighters to India in Dec. RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2012 -- Russian aircraft maker MiG delivered in December a batch of four MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighters to the Indian Navy under a contract concluded in 2010, the company said.
  • New Radar in S. Russia to Go on Combat Duty Early in 2013 RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- A new-generation Voronezh-DM class anti-missile radar will enter combat duty near the town of Armavir in Russia's southern Krasnodar region in the beginning of 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
  • Russia Invites Syrian National Coalition Chief for Talks RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- Russia has sent an invitation for talks to the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday.
  • Russian Ex-Defense Minister Complies with Summons RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- Russia's former defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, complied with a summons to appear on Friday at the headquarters of the country's main investigative body over a multi-million dollar property fraud case.
  • Russian Air Force Gets First Six Su-35S Fighter Jets RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- The Sukhoi aircraft maker delivered on Friday the first six Su-35S fighter jets to the Russian Air Force, the company said.
  • Putin Urges Faster Action to Streamline Defense Spending RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the Defense Ministry on Friday to complete the streamlining of defense spending in the near future.
  • China may need to buy large transport planes from Russia: report CNA 28 Dec 2012 -- China may have to purchase large transport planes from Russia to supplement its own aircraft to build a strategic air force, an article in a Chinese media outlet said Friday.
  • China Unlocks Russian Helicopter Deal with Debt Write-off RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2012 -- China has agreed to write off Soviet debt totaling 1.57 million Swiss francs ($1.7 million), in a move that will restart a helicopter delivery program, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
  • Russia to Build Two New Radar Stations in 2013 RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- Russia will start building two new radar stations in east Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Territory and in the south Siberian Altai Republic in 2013, Russia's deputy defense minister said on Thursday.
  • Russia Launches $70 Bln Space Program for 2013-2020 RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- Russia will spend 2.1 trillion rubles (about $70 billion) under a state program for the development of the national space industry in 2013-2020, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
  • Russia to Launch New Light Class Carrier Rocket in 2013 RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- The first launch of a new Russian light class carrier rocket has been scheduled for the beginning of 2013, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Alexander Golovko said on Thursday.
  • UN Syria Envoy to Hold Moscow Talks RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- The UN and Arab League's envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is due to visit Moscow on December 29, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as talks continue to try to end the violence in the Middle East country.
  • Russia, UN Envoy Call for Peaceful Solution in Syria VOA 27 Dec 2012 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has echoed a call from an international peace envoy to resolve Syria's civil war through a government-backed national dialogue and political process.
  • Besieged Russian Minister to Be Questioned RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- Russia's former Defense Minister, who lost his job last month over corruption allegations, has been summoned for questioning, a procedure that no top Russian official has faced for years.
  • Russia to Commission BMD-4M Airborne Vehicles in 2013 RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Airborne Troops will receive the first BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and BTR-MD Rakushka multirole transport vehicles by the end of 2013, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday.
  • Russia, China Launch Stage Two in Joint Nuclear Plant Project RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2012 -- Russia and China are starting construction work on the second stage of the Tianwan nuclear power plant, Russian officials said on Thursday.
  • Russian Warplanes to Get New Paint Scheme RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- Next year the Russian Air Force will abandon its gray camouflage coloring and use several new color patterns for its warplanes, a source in the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday.
  • Russian Army to Get New Sniper Rifles in 2013 RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase new sniper rifles next year, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said on Wednesday.
  • Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM – Source RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.
  • Russia May Soon Draft New Law on Military Service for Women RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- A bill on voluntary military service for women could be introduced in the lower house of the Russian parliament by February 1, 2013, a Russian lawmaker said.
  • India to Assemble Russian Mil, Kamov Helicopters RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- Russian Helicopters holding and India's Elcom Systems Pvt Limited have signed an agreement to set up a joint venture to assemble Russian Mil and Kamov helicopters in India, the Russian holding said on Wednesday.
  • India Claims Problems With Russian-Leased Nuclear Sub RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2012 -- India has asked Russia to replace the faulty parts on the leased Nerpa nuclear-powered submarine as they affect its operational readiness, the Times of India reported.
  • Russia's Voronezh Air Base to Get 5 Su-34 Fighters RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2012 -- Five multi-role Su-34 bombers will be delivered for a second squadron of the Baltimore air base in Voronezh, southwest Russia, on Tuesday.
  • Russian Navy Gets New Research Vessel RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday took delivery of a new deep-sea research and search-and-rescue vessel, the shipyard said.
  • Russian Warships Gather in Mediterranean for Drills RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2012 -- About a dozen Russian warships are converging on the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden as part of a large-scale strategic exercise, a high-ranking representative the General Staff of Russia's Armed Forces said on Tuesday.
  • Russian Military Denies Sending Commandos to Syria RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Monday media rumors about sending commando units, air defense systems operators and military equipment to Syria.
  • No Decision on Mistral Ships Yet – Rogozin RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- Russia will decide on whether to build two Mistral class ships only after evaluating their performance, role and status as part of the Russian Navy, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
  • Airborne Forces to Get New Command Control Systems in 2013 RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Airborne Assault Forces (AAF) will start taking delivery of new Andromeda-D automated command and control systems (CCS) next year, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
  • Russian Aerobatic Teams First to Get Su-30SM, Su-35C RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- Russian aerobatic teams the Swifts and the Russian Knights will receive new Su-30SM and Su-35C fighter jets ahead of regular Russian Air Force units, the force's commander Viktor Bondarev said on Monday.
  • Russian Army Blamed for $1 Bln Landfill RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- An illegal landfill site established by the Russian Defense Ministry next to Moscow's water supply could have caused 30 billion rubles ($1 billion) of damages, police said on Monday.
  • India, Russia ink 10 pacts including defence deals of around USD 4 bn IRNA 24 Dec 2012 -- India and Russia Monday inked as many as 10 pacts, including defence deals worth around USD four billion, as their leaders undertook an extensive review of bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of nuclear energy here today.
  • India, Russia ink deal on air-launched BrahMos missile IRNA 24 Dec 2012 -- Ahead of the visit of President Vladimir Putin, India and Russia have signed a deal for working together to develop the air-launched version of the 290-km-range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which would be fitted to the Su-30MKI combat aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • Russia Seals Major Arms Deal with India RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2012 -- Russia is to supply India with combat helicopters and warplanes worth $2.9 bln under a deal signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi on Monday.
  • India, Russia Seal Defense Deals Worth Billions VOA 24 Dec 2012 -- India and Russia have sealed defense deals worth billions of dollars during a visit by the Russian president, in a move which reaffirms the long-standing strategic alliance between the two countries.
  • Putin to Discuss Energy, Military Cooperation in India RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive Monday in India on an official visit expected to focus on economic ties, energy and multi-billion dollar defense deals.
  • Russia's 5th Generation Fighter Jet to Start State Tests in March RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2012 -- Russia's fifth-generation stealth jet fighter, the T-50, will start state flight tests in March 2013, Russia's Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Sunday.
  • Russian Military District Tests New Air Defense Systems RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Southern Military District has moved a step closer to adopting the new S-400 Triumf air defense systems, the district's press service confirmed on Saturday.
  • Russia Postpones Mistral Warship Project to 2016 – Source RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2012 -- Russia is putting back the launch of a project to build two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships under French license from 2013 to 2016, a Defense Ministry source said on Friday.
  • Russian Shipbuilders Say Mistral Contract 'In Force' RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2012 -- Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Friday the contract to build two Mistral class amphibious assault ships remains 'in force,' dismissing media reports that the country's Defense Ministry has dropped the construction plans.
  • Russia Drops Plans to Build Two Mistral Class Ships – Paper RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to abandon plans for construction of two Mistral class amphibious assault ships under the French license in Russia, business daily Vedomosti said on Friday citing a government source.
  • Indonesia to Get $400 Mln Arms Credit from Russia RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Vnesheconombank (VEB) will provide Indonesia with a total of $399.5 million in credit to finance purchases of aircraft and related equipment from Russia's state-run arms export company Rosoboronexport.
  • Putin Vows Unbiased Probe in Defense Corruption Case RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin expects an unbiased investigation into allegedly fraudulent deals on state property managed by Oboronservis, a company controlled by the Defense Ministry.
  • ISS-Bound Crew Blasts Off from Baikonur Cosmodrome VOA 19 Dec 2012 -- A Russian-built Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1212 UTC Wednesday, bound for the International Space Station.
  • Russian Military to Get 30 More Su-30SM Fighter Jets RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry and the Irkut aircraft maker have signed a contract on the delivery of an additional 30 Su-30SM multirole fighter jets to the Russian Air Force by 2016.
  • Russia to Float Out New Borey Class Sub on Dec. 30 RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Sevmash shipyard will float out a third Borey class strategic nuclear submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, on December 30, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday.
  • Kyrgyzstan Okays 'Integrated' Russian Military Base RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2012 -- Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has signed off on a law ratifying an agreement with Russia on the presence of a joint military base in the Central Asian republic, the presidential press service said on Tuesday.
  • Russia to Deliver Four Warplanes to Belarus in 2015 RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2012 -- Belarus and Russia have signed a contract for the delivery of four Yak-130 Mitten jet trainers/light attack aircraft to Belarus in 2015, the Russian aircraft maker said on Tuesday.
  • Russia to Start Testing New Helicopter Gunship Engine RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2012 -- Russia's leading aircraft engine maker OAO Klimov will soon start testing an advanced engine for attack helicopters, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
  • Russian Arms Sales at $14 Bln in 2012 RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2012 -- Russia's overseas arms sales exceeded $14 billion this year, outperforming forecasts by more than $500 million, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.
  • Peru May Purchase 24 Combat Helicopters from Russia RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2012 -- Peru intends to buy a consignment of 24 combat helicopters and eyes Russia as one of its potential suppliers along with France and the United States, Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said.
  • Russia's Gabala Pullout No Security Risk – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2012 -- Russia's decision to stop using the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan will not hurt its security, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
  • Arrests Made At Russian Opposition Rally RFE/RL 15 Dec 2012 -- Moscow police have detained dozens of protesters and several opposition leaders to disperse an unsanctioned rally in a square outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
  • Opposition Rallies in Moscow Despite Ban RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2012 -- A considerable crowd of opposition activists braved subzero temperatures and police cordons to attend a peaceful, unsanctioned rally in Moscow on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of mass protests in Russia.
  • Russian Opposition Leaders Detained at Anti-Putin Rally VOA 15 Dec 2012 -- Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in central Moscow to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin. At least 30 people, including prominent opposition leaders, have been arrested.
  • Russia Looks Ahead to a Post-Assad Syria VOA 14 Dec 2012 -- Russia backtracked Friday on comments about Syria made by a key official only a day earlier.
  • Russia Seeks to Retain Influence Over Syria if Assad Falls VOA 14 Dec 2012 -- Russia's foreign ministry says Moscow's policy on Syria has not changed, despite a top diplomat's reported comment that Syria's opposition may win its battle against President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Russia to Develop Precision Conventional ICBM Option RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2012 -- Russia may develop a non-nuclear precision-guided payload capability for its new hundred-ton class liquid-fueled ICBM if need be, Strategic Missile Forces (RSVN) Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said on Friday.
  • Russia to Test 11 ICBMs in 2013 RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Force (RSVN) plans to test-fire 11 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2013, after firing only five this year, its commander said on Friday.
  • Duma Okays Russia's Answer to US Blacklist RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2012 -- The lower house of the Russian parliament on Friday gave preliminary approval to a draft law penalizing US nationals involved in violating the rights of Russian citizens, touted as Moscow's response to the Magnitsky Act.
  • Obama Signs Magnitsky Act Into Law RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2012 -- US President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law the Magnitsky Act, a bill punishing Russian officials for alleged human rights violations that US lawmakers attached to a landmark trade bill normalizing trade relations with Moscow.
  • Russia's Wayward Satellite to Reach Orbit Sat. RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2012 -- Russia's troubled Yamal-402 satellite should reach its designated geostationary orbit on Saturday when it uses its engine for the fourth time, Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) company said on Friday.
  • Russia's Counterterrorism Committee Lists Achievements RFE/RL 14 Dec 2012 -- Andrei Przhezdomsky, the special representative of Russia's Counterterrorism Committee (NAK), listed the committee's achievements at a press conference on December 14.
  • Russia Plans to Raise Lost Submarine RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2012 -- Russia's Emergencies Ministry plans to carry out a study in 2013 to see if the sunken Soviet nuclear submarine K-27 can be recovered from its resting place on the seabed in Russia's Arctic waters, a ministry representative said.
  • Putin Calls for 'Adequate' Response to Magnitsky Act RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted a US bill targeting alleged Russian human rights violators as an "unfriendly act," but said Russia's response should be "adequate and not excessive.'
  • Putin, In Annual Address, Denounces Foreign Meddling RFE/RL 12 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual address to parliament, has warned against outsiders interfering with Russia's internal affairs.
  • Fourth T-50 Stealth Fighter Flies RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2012 -- Russia's fourth prototype Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter jet took to the skies for the first time on Wednesday in a 40 minute flight at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur factory in Siberia, Sukhoi said.
  • Moscow to Get Updated Missile Defenses - Deputy Minister RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- Russia's anti-missile defense system covering Moscow and Russia's central industrial regions will be augmented by unspecified new systems in the near future, Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Ostapenko said on Tuesday.
  • Russia Confirms Pullout from Gabala Radar in Azerbaijan RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that the Russian army will no longer rent the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan.
  • Russia to Spend $183 Mln on Chemical, Bio Defense in 2013 RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- Russia will spend over 5.6 billion rubles ($183 million) on improving defense against chemical and biological threats in 2013, a Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday.
  • US Shrugs Off Russian Bill to Punish American Abuses RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- The United States has shrugged off Russian legislation that would punish Americans for alleged human rights violations in response to the Magnitsky Act, a bill passed by the US Senate last week that would slap sanctions on Russian officials accused of rights abuses.
  • Russia Starts Kalashnikov Merger With New Boss RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- The Russian government has appointed Konstantin Busygin as the new head of the Izhmash small-arms factory to lead its amalgamation with gun-maker Izhmekh under the Kalashnikov brand, Deputy-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
  • Putin to Revive Sports Units in Russian Army RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- President Vladimir Putin is bringing back dedicated sports units in the Russian Army to satisfy the draft requirement while protecting future champions from the full rigors of military service.
  • Russia to Send 3 Task Forces on Anti-Piracy Mission in 2013 RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- Russia will rotate at least three naval task forces on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden in 2013, the Defense Ministry said.
  • Russia Delivers Three Upgraded MiG-29 Fighter Jets to India RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- The first three MiG-29UPG fighter jets have been delivered to India under a contract to modernize the fleet of MiG-29 aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), the MiG aircraft maker said.
  • Russian Military Inspectors to Fly Over Portugal, Spain RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- Russian military inspectors will carry out surveillance flights over Portugal and Spain starting on Monday under the international Open Skies Treaty, Russia's Defense Ministry has said.
  • Georgia: No Trading NATO Ambitions for Better Russia Ties RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- Georgia will not trade away future membership of NATO in order to secure improved relations with Russia, Zviad Dzidziguri, a representative of the Georgian Dream coalition which won the country's parliamentary elections in October, said on Monday.
  • Kazakhstan Wants Russia to Hand Over Space Town RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- Kazakhstan and Russia are in talks over returning the city of Baikonur in Kazakhstan - home to Russia's main rocket launch center - from Russian to local jurisdiction, the head of Kazakhstan's space agency (Kazkosmos) said on Monday.
  • Russia to Abandon Key Missile Defense Station – Baku RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- The Russian army is giving up the Gabala radar it leased in Azerbaijan because of a disagreement over rental price, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
  • Putin Disavows 'Soviet Ambitions' RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed the view that Russia's integration with post-Soviet states is part of a "re-Sovietization" program.
  • Russia Hits at US 'Rights Abusers' Over Magnitsky Act RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- A draft bill targeting Americans alleged to have violated Russians' human rights was introduced in the Russian parliament on Monday, the law being an emotional but not necessarily efficient response to the US Magnitsky Act.
  • Foreign Firms May Enter Light Aviation Market - Putin RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2012 -- The rejuvenation of general (light utility) aircraft production in Russia should include foreign companies, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, but must include widespread localization.
  • Lavrov: 'United' Response To Magnitsky Act RFE/RL 09 Dec 2012 -- Russia's foreign minister has sharply criticized new U.S. legislation calling for sanctions against Russian officials who violate human rights.
  • Russia Vows to Retaliate to US Magnitsky Bill RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2012 -- Russia will take retaliatory measures after the United States replaced the Soviet-era Jackson-Vanik amendment hampering Russian-US trade with new anti-Russian laws related to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian presidential aide said on Sunday.
  • Russia Not Training Enough Military Pilots - Defense Minister RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Air Force is not training sufficient numbers of pilots and other specialists, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
  • Medvedev Defends Ousted Defense Minister in TV Interview RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2012 -- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev defended recently-fired former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Friday, praising him for initiating "long-awaited and very difficult reforms."
  • Russian NATO Rep Denies 'Re-Sovietization' RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2012 -- Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko refuted on Friday claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Russia is aiming to "re-Sovietize" Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • Navy Veteran Charged in 'Russia Spying' Sting: US Officials RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2012 -- A retired 20-year-veteran of the US Navy was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted espionage after trying to provide classified information on methods used to track US submarines to people he believed were from Russia, US authorities announced.
  • Former Navy Sailor Charged in Virginia with Attempted Espionage FBI 06 Dec 2012 -- Robert Patrick Hoffman, II, 39, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to provide classified information to individuals who he believed to be representatives of the Russian Federation.
  • US Senate Votes to Normalize Trade with Russia VOA 06 Dec 2012 -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that establishes permanent, normal trade relations between the United States and Russia. The vote was 92 to 4. The bill also contains a provision that would punish Russian human rights violators, which Moscow strongly rejects.
  • Defense Ministry Seeks to Annul 'Fraudulent' Property Deals RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2012 -- Newly installed Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is looking for ways to reclaim Defense Ministry properties that were sold off under allegedly fraudulent terms during his predecessor's tenure, a ministry official said on Thursday.
  • Russian Soldiers Spurn Housing Offers RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2012 -- Thousands of apartments built for the Defense Ministry remain empty because they are in regions where noone wants to live, Russian Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin said on Thursday.
  • US Senate Passes Magnitsky Act & Russian Trade Bill RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2012 -- The US Senate on Thursday passed the Magnitsky Act, which targets Russian officials deemed by Washington to have violated human rights, along with a landmark trade bill with Russia.
  • Ministry Dismisses Bulava Test Reports RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry on dismissed media reports saying the Bulava sea-based ballistic missile will be test launched from the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine next July.
  • Russian Anti-Tank Missile Passes State Tests RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- The Russian military has completed state acceptance trials of the modernized Shturm-SM man-portable anti-tank missile system, its chief designer said.
  • Russian Paras Test Lightweight UAV RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- Russia's airborne forces have started state acceptance trials of the new Iskatel (Searcher) lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle system.
  • Congo Police to Buy Russian Armored Cars RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- The Republic of Congo will buy several consignments of Russian-made Tigr (Tiger) armored vehicles for its police force.
  • Putin Urges CIS Countries to Join Glonass RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States to join Glonass, Russia's global positioning system.
  • Magnitsky Bill in US Senate Targets Only Russia RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- The US Senate is set to consider a version of the “Magnitsky Act” that targets only Russian officials deemed by Washington to be complicit in human rights abuses.
  • US Senate Puts Magnitsky Act on Wednesday Agenda RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- The US Senate will consider a bill which links normalized trade relations with Russia to the so-called “Magnitsky Act,” introducing sanctions for Russian officials deemed to have violated human rights, according to the Senate’s official schedule.
  • Anti-Putin Activists Mark Anniversary of Landmark Protest RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- Around a hundred opposition activists gathered in Moscow evening to mark the first anniversary of the rally that kick-started unprecedented mass protests against the rule of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
  • Russia’s Anti-Putin Opposition: One Year On RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2012 -- Thousands of Muscovites swept into the streets to protest alleged vote-rigging in favor of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party at the December 4, 2011, parliamentary polls.
  • Russia Gets Low Marks in Corruption Index VOA 05 Dec 2012 -- Transparency International has published its annual corruption perception index and Russia ranked near the bottom in the global index.
  • Obama Ready To Work With Moscow To 'Update' Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he’s ready to work with Russia to “update” an agreement that has helped dismantle thousands of nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union.
  • Obama Hails Disarmament Pact With Russia RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- US President Barack Obama hailed a 20-year partnership with Russia and other former Soviet republics to stem the threat of loose nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons after the end of the Cold War.
  • Officials Praise Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program AFPS 04 Dec 2012 -- Defense Department officials yesterday honored two men whoestablished a program that has become a critical part of the U.S. approach to reducing the worldwide proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Post-Soviet Military Alliance Reaffirms Missile Defense Plans RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- The Collective Security Treaty Organization plans to build an integrated air and missile defense system, the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff said.
  • Russia Closes Algerian MiG-29 Fraud Case RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- Russian investigators have closed a criminal case against two former top managers of the MiG corporation accused of providing low-quality equipment for MiG-29 fighters that were rejected by Algeria in 2007.
  • Russian Sovereignty 'at Risk' in Arctic: Deputy PM Rogozin RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- Russia risks losing its sovereignty by the mid-21st century if it does not assert its national interests in the Arctic today, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
  • Putin Fires Handful Of Russian Officials RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed a number of top officials at the Interior Ministry, Investigative Committee, and Federal Service of Corrections.
  • Jailed Russian Activist Accused Of Illegal Border Crossing RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- A new criminal investigation has been launched against detained Russian opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev.
  • Russian Anti-Putin Activist Faces New Charge RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- A jailed Russian opposition activist facing charges of conspiring to topple President Vladimir Putin was accused of illegally crossing the country's border with Ukraine to evade prosecution.
  • Remarks by the President at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium The White House 03 Dec 2012
  • 20TH Anniversary Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium DoD 03 Dec 2012
  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary Carter at the Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium at National Defense University, Washington, D.C. DoD 03 Dec 2012
  • Panetta Awards Nunn, Lugar Highest Civilian Defense Honors AFPS 03 Dec 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recognized the program’s founders with the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • Russian President In Turkey For Talks On Syria, Business RFE/RL 03 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria, as well as ways to boost Turkish-Russian business cooperation.
  • FSB Opens $250,000 Arctic Uniform Tender RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2012 -- Russia’s Federal Security Service has opened a tender for the design and manufacture of special clothing and footwear for its Arctic frontier guards.
  • Russia Delays Glonass-K Satellite Launch RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2012 -- The launch of Russia’s second Glonass-K satellite has been delayed until 2013, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said.
  • US Lawmakers Approve Ban on Russian Arms Exporter, Foreign Ministry Reacts RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2012 -- Russia reacted Saturday on the US move that would bar the Pentagon from purshasing anything from Russia's arms export firm by saying that it might impair a 'positive' cooperation.
  • Russia To Hold 60 Joint Events with Foreign Armies in 2013 RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2012 -- Russian servicemen will hold over 60 joint events with their foreign colleagues in 2013, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry has said.



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