Tag Archives: Russia

Hundreds arrested as anti-corruption protests sweep Russia

Source: Los Angeles Times

"Tens of thousands of people rallied, and hundreds were detained Sunday in Russian cities during massive, mostly unsanctioned rallies organized by anti-corruption whistleblower and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The demonstrations were the largest in Russia in years and came three weeks after Navalny's Fund to Fight Corruption released a YouTube documentary, now viewed 11 million times, detailing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's purported involvement in massive corruption schemes. … In Moscow, several protesters clashed with police after Navalny was rounded up just minutes after joining the rally. Protesters tried to block a slow-moving police van with Navalny, the 40-year-old head of the unregistered Progress Party, inside." (03/26/17)


Ukraine: Former Russian lawmaker, Putin critic shot dead in Kiev

Source: Bloomberg

"A former Russian lawmaker who fled Moscow for Ukraine and was critical of President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Kiev. Denis Voronenkov was killed Thursday at about 11:40 a.m. near the Premier Palace hotel in the center of Ukraine's capital, the local police chief said in televised comments. Voronenkov's bodyguard was injured in the shooting and also wounded the assailant, the police said. Both men are under guard in a hospital. Voronenkov and his wife, an opera singer who'd previously worked as a legislator for Putin's party, left Russia in 2016 and received Ukrainian citizenship last month." (03/23/17)


Comey confirms Russia inquiry, rejects Trump wiretap claims

Source: Bloomberg

"FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is probing potential ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign and said there's no evidence to support the president's allegation that his predecessor 'wiretapped' Trump Tower last year. 'I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,' Comey told the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing Monday that lasted more than five hours. … Comey cautioned he wouldn't be able to discuss many details of what remains a classified probe and said that his refusal to answer a question shouldn't be taken as a tacit confirmation. 'Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics,' he said, adding it 'really isn't fair to draw conclusions.' Nonetheless, Trump tweeted during the hearing: 'FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.'" (03/20/17)


Russia: Regime cuts military budget by 25%

Source: DefenseWorld.net

"Russian Federal Treasury released figures have confirmed that the nation’s defense budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion. The reduction is drastic cut in military expenditure of the country since the early 1990s. The reduction move follows an extended period of increases to Russian defence spending with growth having achieved an average rate of 19.8% a year since 2011 in nominal terms." (03/17/17)


Russia: Regime denies reports of Egypt troop deployment

Source: Daily Express [UK]

"Russia has been accused of deploying special forces to a base in Egypt amid heightened fears over the country's deepening role in the conflict in Libya. But Russian government officials denied the deployment, claiming allegations were aimed at stirring up tensions. Intelligence claimed Moscow had deployed a 22-member unit and several drones to an airbase at Sidi Barrani just 60 miles from the Egypt-Libya border. And US officials [claimed] its troops had observed special forces at another Egyptian base farther east in Marsa Matrouh in early February. Diplomats claimed the move could be part of a bid to support Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, following an attack by opposition forces on oil ports."


Ukraine regime asks UN court to order Russian regime to stop funding seceded states

Source: Beloit Daily News

"Ukraine's deputy foreign minister on Monday accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping arms, ammunition and funds to [states the Ukrainian regime is attempting to conquer] and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula. The charges came as a case between Kiev and Moscow opened at the U.N.'s highest judicial organ. The International Court of Justice case, which also seeks reparations for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, opens a new legal front in the bitter, drawn-out conflict between Russia and its neighbor Ukraine." (03/06/17)


UN: Both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Both sides in last year's battle for Syria's Aleppo city committed war crimes, including a 'deliberate' bombing of a humanitarian convoy by the Syrian government, according to a new United Nations investigation. The UN Commission of Inquiry's report released on Wednesday said Syrian government and allied Russian forces 'pervasively used' unguided munitions to bomb densely populated areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on December 22, amounting to the war crime of indiscriminate attacks. … According to the report, opposition groups shelled government-controlled western Aleppo, indiscriminately firing with no clear military target. As the opposition resistance was crumbling and civilians tried to escape, some rebel armed groups prevented civilians from fleeing eastern Aleppo, using them as 'human shields,' and attacked the residential Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud — both war crimes." (03/01/17)


Russian cargo ship docks at space station

Source: Space.com

"A robotic Russian cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Friday (Feb. 24) to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting laboratory. The automated Progress 66 supply ship docked at the space station at 3:30 a.m. EST (0830 GMT), parking itself at the station's Russian-built Pirs docking module. It is the second cargo ship to arrive at the station in as many days after a SpaceX Dragon capsule made its own delivery of 5,500 lbs. of supplies on Thursday. Russia's space agency Roscosmos launched Progress 66 into orbit Wednesday (Feb. 22) using a Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan." (02/24/17)


Kazakhstan: Russian robotic cargo ship launches for space station as SpaceX capsule misses rendezvous

Source: Space.com

"The Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a robotic cargo ship early Wednesday (Feb. 22) on a mission to deliver fresh supplies to the International Space Station. The autonomous Progress 66 resupply ship launched into orbit atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:58 a.m. EST (0558 GMT), lifting off from a pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cargo ship will arrive at the space station early Friday (Feb. 24). … Wednesday's launch occurred just hours before another cargo ship, a SpaceX Dragon capsule, was due to arrive at the International Space Station. But the Dragon aborted its approach at a range of seven-tenths of a mile due to an incorrect value in the global positioning system software used to pinpoint the spacecraft's position relative to the space station, NASA officials said. The Dragon capsule will attempt another rendezvous on Thursday (Feb. 23), NASA officials added." (02/22/17)


Russia: Regime denies flouting key Cold War treaty with new missiles

Source: CBS News

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman denied Wednesday allegations from U.S. officials that Moscow is violating a decades-old arms control treaty with the deployment of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile. The treaty in question was signed between President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the final years of the Cold War and is still in effect. It bars missiles with a range greater than 300 miles. U.S. officials tell CBS News'[s] David Martin that they have monitored flight tests in which the missile, known as the SSC-8, flew farther than 300 miles. It happened secretly in December during the Obama administration, says Martin, but it is now up to President Trump to respond." [editor's note: In other words, it wouldn't have been brought up if Trump hadn't won the election, but since he did and since it's the Russians, it might make for good War Party propaganda – TLK] (02/15/17)