Tag Archives: Russia

Russia: Regime working on stealthy "nuclear train"

Source: Metro [UK]

"Russia has revealed that it's prepared to begin work on a stealthy 'nuclear train' — which can launch hydrogen bombs thousands of miles across the world. The Barguzin railroad combat missile complex can launch six thermonuclear missiles per train — and is disguised as an ordinary freight train. The idea is that it can't be wiped out in a pre-emptive strike — allowing Russia to 'shoot back' regardless. Russia also said it was ready to begin work on its notorious 'Satan 2' missile, which can carry 10 thermonuclear warheads, enough to devastate an entire country." [editor's note: In other words, a Russian implementation of the old MX/LGM-118 rail deployment proposal – TLK] (07/12/17)


Russia: Jury convicts five in murder of Kremlin foe Nemtsov

Source: MSN News

"A Russian jury on Thursday found five men guilty of organizing and carrying out the contract killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, after a trial his allies say failed to unmask the masterminds. Former deputy prime minister Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down just steps from the Kremlin as he walked home with his girlfriend late in the evening of February 27, 2015. … While the ruling provides some answers over the murder, Nemtsov's supporters insist that despite the trial those who ordered the charismatic politician's death have not been uncovered." [hat tip — David Klaus] (06/29/17)


Russia: Regime cancels US meeting over Ukraine sanctions

Source: Yahoo! News

"Russia has canceled a meeting with senior US diplomats in the wake of Washington's decision to reinforce sanctions imposed over its interference in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon had been due in St Petersburg on Friday to mend diplomatic fences with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. But relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low even by the standards of a rivalry that goes back to the Cold War, and Washington's decision to ramp up its sanctions regime provoked the anger of President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin." (06/22/17)


European Court of Human Rights rules against Russian regime's "gay propaganda" law

Source: Yahoo! News

"The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality, saying it fuelled homophobia and prejudice. The ruling was welcomed by gay activists in Russia who had lodged the case, but Moscow said it would appeal. The legislation had made 'promoting non-traditional sexual relationships' among minors an offence punishable by a fine and also made it an offence to say that gay relationships were equal to heterosexual ones." (06/20/17)


Breaking: Russian regime warns US regime after downing of Syrian regime jet

Source: Washington Post

"Russia’s defense ministry says it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. Moscow has condemned the U.S. downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears U.S. partner forces. The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the U.S.-led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets." (06/19/17)


Kazakhstan: Russians launch robotic cargo ship to space station

Source: Space.com

"An uncrewed Russian cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station today (June 14), kicking off a two-day trip to deliver tons of fresh food and other supplies. The automated Progress 67 spacecraft launched into orbit atop a Russian Soyuz rocket at 5:20 a.m. EDT (0920 GMT). The mission lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the local time was 3:20 p.m., NASA officials said. The Progress spacecraft is carrying nearly 3 tons of fresh food, fuel and other vital supplies for the space station's Expedition 52 crew." (06/14/17)


Russia: Opposition leader Navalny abducted ahead of protest

Source: ABC News

"Protests spearheaded by prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny were taking place across the country on Monday, but Navalny himself was reportedly arrested outside his Moscow home en route to the centerpiece demonstration in the capital city. Navalny's wife, Yulia, said on his Twitter feed that he was arrested about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin. There was no immediate statement from police. … Navalny's website reported Monday that protests were held in more than a half-dozen cities in the Far East, including the major Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk and in Siberia's Barnaul. Photos on the website suggested turnouts of hundreds at the rallies." (06/11/17)


Kaspersky files frivolous complaint against Microsoft for disabling its anti-virus software

The Verge

Source: The Verge

"Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Microsoft. Kaspersky first filed a complaint against Microsoft with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), claiming that Microsoft is using its dominant position with Windows to push its own anti-virus software over competitor products with Windows 10. While Microsoft has made some product changes since the initial complaint, Kaspersky isn’t happy these are enough and has filed complaints with the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office recently. 'Microsoft uses its dominant position in the computer operating system (OS) market to fiercely promote its own — inferior — security software (Windows Defender) at the expense of users’ previously self-chosen security solution,' says Eugene Kaspersky, the Russian co-founder of the anti-virus company. Kaspersky claims Microsoft has been removing its software when users upgrade to Windows 10, and enabling its own Windows Defender solution." [editor's note: If customers prefer Kaspersky's product, they'll figure out how to run it on Windows or they'll abandon Windows. Trying to get the state to force that is effectively saying that your product is inferior – TLK] (06/06/17)


Syria: Russian warships fire cruise missiles at Islamic State positions

Source: Fox News

"Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria, officials said Wednesday. The Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched missiles at ISIS targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement." (05/31/17)


Believing the Russian "hacking" claim

Source: Antiwar.com
by David Swanson

"There is no established account, with or without evidence to support it, of exactly what Russia supposedly did. And yet there are countless articles casually referring, as if to established fact to the … 'Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election' (Yahoo). 'Russian attempts to disrupt the election' (New York Times). 'Russian … interference in the 2016 US presidential election' (ABC). 'Russian influence over the 2016 presidential election' (The Intercept). 'a multi-pronged investigation to uncover the full extent of Russia’s election-meddling' (Time). 'Russian interference in the US election' (CNN). 'Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election' (American Constitution Society). 'Russian hacking in US Election' (Business Standard).' 'Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking' we’re told by the New York Times, but what is 'election hacking?' Its definition seems to vary widely. And what evidence is there of Russia having done it?" (05/29/17)