Contents tagged with Russian Defense Ministry

  • Mysterious deaths in Russian detention linked to Deputy Defence Minister bribery scandal

    In a Moscow detention centre cell on July 8, Igor Kotelnikov, a businessman tied to the high echelons of Russia's Ministry of Defence, passed away. The Russian Telegram channel VChK-OGPU reported the FSB had demanded Kotelnikov testify against former deputy defence minister Timur Ivanov, who was arrested in April over bribery allegations.

    According to the news outlet, Kotelnikov was known for securing lucrative contracts for the Russian Defence Ministry. FSB officials reportedly visited him …

  • Russian Defense Ministry opens representative office in Central African Republic

    A representative office of the Russian Military Department is established under the Ministry of National Defense and Restructuring of the Army of the Central African Republic (CAR), as reported on the Kremlin’s website.

    The representative office, which consists of five people, will be financed by Russian side.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to send a group of 30 Russian soldiers to Central Africa. Before that, he said that Russia is interested in cooperation with African …

  • Russian Missile Forces receive first Avangard missile systems

    The commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, Sergei Karakayev said that Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) started receiving Avangard missile systems, which will be on combat duty by the end of the year, reports RIA Novosti.

    "The commissioning of stationary and mobile Yars and Avangard missile systems of the fifth generation continues as well as their setting for the combat duty," said Karakayev.

    According to the commander, the Missile Division in the Orenburg region has …

  • Russia to monitor entire planet with radar surveillance system

    In 2019 Russia will finish establishing the Liana radar surveillance system, which will give it coverage of the entire planet, the Russian Defense Ministry told Izvestia.

    According to Russian media, two Pion-NKS satellites are scheduled to be launched into orbit before January 1, 2020. In conjunction with a pair of Lotos-s satellites, they will reportedly enable “the Russian General Staff to observe even small objects throughout the world”.

    With its satellites orbiting at an altitude of 100 …

  • Russia to create two submarines equipped with cruise missiles

    The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to build two nuclear submarines, which will carry cruise missiles. New submarines are scheduled to be delivered after 2027.

    “The military department is considering creating two more Boreis (Borei-class submarines), equipped with long-range cruise missiles instead of ballistic ones,” writes TASS, citing a source in the Russian defense industry. Agency’s informer did not specify the submarine’s characteristics. 

    At the moment, the final decision regarding …

  • Russian Defense Minister volunteers soldier labor to build railway line to China

    Desperate to find contractors for its major construction projects, the Russian government has even turned to the army.

    At the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, Sholban Kara-ool, Chairman of the Tuva Republic (a Federal subject of Russia), told the Russian news agency RBC that the Kyzyl – Kuragino – China railway line will be built by soldiers.

    For Tuva, the poorest region of Russia, where the GDP per capita is only half the national average, the railway line will become the first …

  • Media: Dozens killed and wounded by Russian airstrikes in Syrian Idlib

    The airstrikes of Russian fighters in areas of Idlib have killed ten and wounded 28 civilians, reported Turkey's TRT news agency with reference to Syrian Civil Defense Forces (the White Helmets).

    According to observers, “five Russian fighter jets that took off from the Khmeimin Air Base in the Latakia Governorate, struck villages and districts of Iblib”.

    It is noted that residential areas in the de-escalation zone, in particular, Khan Shaykhun and the towns of Al-Fu’ah and Kefriya in the …

  • Russian Army begins developing autonomous internet

    The Russian Defense Ministry has begun to the first stage of developing a multi-service telecommunication network, which will be the basis for the Russian autonomous internet or RuNet, Zn.ua reports.

    According to the Ministry, the first phase will be finished by the end of the current year and the network will be fully operational by 2021. The Ministry plans to lay fiber-optic cable through the Arctic.

    The Ministry’s own search engine, cyber action log and user identification system are …

  • Kremlin: Russia increased its military presence in annexed Crimea

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu stated at a meeting of the State’s Duma Committee on Defense that Russia strengthened its military presence in annexed Crimea to provide security for the peninsula, TASS reports.

    “Our military position has been strengthened in the Crimea. We maintain the territorial security of the peninsula and the interests of Russia in the Black Sea,” said Shoygu. He recalled that the Operational Command was also created in the far maritime zone. It controls ships that …

  • Kremlin: Russia is ready to prevent color revolution

    The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the first Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and Army General, Valery Gerasimov, announced at a conference on the development of the military strategy that the Pentagon has begun to develop a new warfare strategy called the Trojan Horse. According to Gerasimov, the essence of this strategy lies in the active use of the "fifth column" protest potential in order to destabilize the situation in the enemy state while …