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Russian Air Force To Get Two Strategic Bombers Every Three Years
Zarya, Russia (RIA Novosti) Jan 18, 2007
Two strategic bombers will be commissioned to the Russian Air Force every three years, the Air Force commander-in-chief said Thursday. Russia is currently carrying out an ambitious program to upgrade and modernize its strategic Air Force assets. "We will be receiving two [strategic] aircraft every three years, and we are satisfied with that," Army General Vladimir Mikhailov said, adding t ... read more

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Putin Proposes Establishing National Research Centers In Russia
Zelenograd, Russia (RIA Novosti) Oct 18, 2006
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday large national research centers should be created in the country to boost high technology and encourage innovation. "A set of measures should be formulated, aimed at establishing large national research centers on priority areas of high technology development in Russia," Putin told a session of the Russian President's Council on Science, Technology a ... more

Russia's 'iron capital' comes out of the shadows on tank mission
Nizhny Tagil, Russia (AFP) May 21, 2006
A once secret Soviet facility set in the craggy landscape of Russia's Ural mountains is struggling to find buyers for 47 tonnes of heavy metal and hi-tech machinery -- the T-90S tank. "There used to be high demand, especially after the Second World War," said Nikolai Malykh, director of the Uralvagonzavod plant that produces Russia's latest tank model in the city of Nizhny Tagil. "We' ... more

International Charter Activated For Suriname Floods
Southwest Suriname (SPX) May 19, 2006
At least three people have been killed and an estimated 25 000 people have been displaced in Suriname as a result of flooding caused by torrential rains since 1 May. Approximately 25 000-30 000 square kilometres are currently under water, and the government has declared the southwest and central lowlands disaster zones. In response to the crisis, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Hum ... more

Progress In Russian Far-Eastern Economy Fails To Halt Exodus
Vladivostok (RIAN) May 19, 2006
The population in Russia's Far East has declined by 20% in the last 15 years even though the regional economy has picked up, the president's envoy to the region said Thursday. "People are leaving because they cannot find the living conditions that they would like to see," Kamil Iskhakov told a meeting in Khabarovsk, a regional center. "The rates of people leaving regrettably are not fallin ... more

Russia Abandons Policy Of Maintaing Military Parity With US
Moscow (AFP) Apr 04, 2006
The Russian armed forces chief of staff said Monday that Russia had given up on military parity with the United States but would retain "sufficient deterrent force" to guarantee its safety. "We won't be pulling in our belts to have parity with the United States or with NATO. That is just not realistic," General Yuri Baluyevsky said at a press conference in Moscow to launch a new report on ... more

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    Outside View: Russia-Kazakh Space Plan
    Moscow (UPI) Jan 26, 2006
    The Kazakh government and Moscow's Institute of Heat Engineering have signed a contract for developing the Ishim space system that will launch small low-orbit civilian satellites. The institute has already gained a reputation for its Topol-M new-generation silo-based and mobile inter-continental ballistic missiles, and the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Incidentally, the ... more

    Analysis: Is Russia Turning To The East?
    Moscow (UPI) Dec 14, 2005
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's attendance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit this week in Malaysia has been described as further evidence Moscow prefers closer interaction with Asia over integration with the West because of shared values. This claim fails to understand the Kremlin's global foreign policy agenda. The Russia-ASEAN summit, the first in 10 years of bilatera ... more

    Russian High-Tech Firms Mount A Charge On ASEAN
    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 12, 2005
    The market is tight and the obstacles daunting, but after years of watching Western high-tech firms scoop up deals in Southeast Asia, Russia is mounting a charge of its own targeting rich ASEAN economies. From state-of-the-art satellite communications systems to environmentally friendly household refrigerators that use only air as a cooling agent, Russian firms say they are bringing know-how ... more

    Policy Watch: Russia's Role In The World
    Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2005
    Many Russians maintain two strong beliefs about their country's role in the world. First, they are absolutely convinced that, despite everything that has happened, Russia not only should be a great power, but is one. Second, they fear that unless Russia is a great power, it will fall apart. They do not see any possibilities for Russia between these two extremes. Russians who want their ... more

    Analysis: How Corrupt Is Russia?
    Moscow (UPI) Nov 02, 2005
    Recent claims by members of media and some Russian politicians opposed to the Kremlin that corruption during Vladimir Putin's tenure in office has gotten worse would seem to be based more on unfounded assumptions than solid economic logic. The level of corruption in Russia actually appears to be on the decline and the risk of giving and taking a bribe higher. Ever since the Russian thi ... more

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    Policy Watch: Putin's Quest For Asia
    Washington (UPI) Oct 03, 2005
    Increasingly at odds with the United States and even the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been seeking allies in Asia, where governments seem less concerned about his record on democratization and human rights. China and India are seen in Moscow as especially important potential allies. Others include South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, S ... more

    Walker's World: Kremlin Buys Back Power
    Washington (UPI) Sep 28, 2005
    Just nine years ago, the Russian state sold off half of its most-productive Siberian oil operation for a paltry $100 million, a fire-sale price because President Boris Yeltsin had to reward Russia's new capitalist tycoons for the campaign funds and media time he so desperately needed to get re-elected. On Wednesday in Moscow, the state bought it back for $13 billion more than Yeltsin's Russi ... more

    Russian Admiral Named Patron Saint Of Nuclear Bomber Force
    Moscow (AFP) Sep 26, 2005
    Historic Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov - a hero of Russia's wars against Turkey and Napoleon Bonaparte - was designated the patron saint of nuclear-armed, long-distance Russian bombers by the Orthodox Church on Monday. Russian Patriarch Alexei II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, carried a reliquary and an icon of the admiral, who was canonised in 2004, into the Moscow chapel of the Rus ... more

    Russian Defence Firms Produce Fakes, Minister Says
    Moscow (AFP) Sep 20, 2005
    Russian defence companies are hiding workshops that feed the country's massive industry for pirated goods, thwarting official efforts to crack down on the trade, Russia's interior ministry said Tuesday. "Some of the counterfeit production is being made in commercial structures installed in secret and top-secret companies," the ministry's economic security department said in a written stateme ... more

    Walker's World: Putinism Rules
    Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2005
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will not lose much sleep over the announcement that his former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has finally confirmed that he will make a run for the presidency in the 2008 election. First, Putin is not running himself. He has again ruled out any amendment to the Constitution that would allow him to try for a third term, and even seems to have ruled out the co ... more

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