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Russia is preparing for N/Korea war as tensions rise, Says Putin’s top Security Adviser

Russia is making preparations in case the diplomatic crisis around North Korea’s nuclear testing escalates into a fully fledged armed conflict, the head of Moscow’s Security Council said on Friday. North Korea and the U.S. have threatened each other with war over Pyongyang’s decision to defy international appeals and continue developing

Prepare for war: Putin tells Russian Defense Companies

By Damien Sharkov The Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that his country’s biggest enterprises must show that they can step up arms production and important services on short notice to be war-ready. “The economic ability to increase the production of defense products and services quickly is a vital element of military security,”

Russian investigative journalist: Snowden is ‘a sort of ghost’

By Michael B. Kelley Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, who co-wrote the definitive books on the post-Soviet security services and the history of the Russian internet, has kept tabs on National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s ongoing exile. “He is a sort of ghost,” Soldatov told a recent Lawfare  podcast. “It looks like

Despite the Fearmongering, Russia is actually relying less on nuclear weapons

Nukes will likely lose further importance as the Kremlin develops precision-guided missiles In recent months there has much hysteria in Washington about Russia allegedly lowering its nuclear threshold and particularly about Moscow’s arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons. However, there is little evidence that Moscow has lowered its nuclear threshold — nor

Russia’s Air Defenses In Syria Have Some Big Problems

Terrain limits the radars' effectiveness In late September 2017, satellite photographs indicated that Russia had deployed a second Russian SA-21 surface-to-air missile system in Syria. Purportedly, the system in question is deployed high in the mountains near Masyaf, fewer than 40 kilometers southeast of Lattakia, and right next to a battery

Why is Putin backing North Korea? To build up Russia as a great power

On July 6, the Russian delegation to the United Nations released an official statement, criticizing Washington’s handling of the North Korean crisis. In their statement, Russian diplomats disputed U.S. allegations that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile against Japan on July 4, saying rather, that Pyongyang had launched an

Cash-Strapped Russia Can’t Afford to Modernize Its Only Aircraft Carrier

'Admiral Kuznetsov' will get repairs but will stay vintage The Russian navy will repair its sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, but the massive vessel will not be upgraded or modernized in any meaningful way. Instead, Russia will focus on getting the carrier back into the fleet as soon as possible when

Russia earns $24b from sale of warships

Russia has earned $24billion from the sale of 50 warships since 2000, according to the country’s agency for exports and imports of defence-related products. “One third of them were submarines,” said Alexander Mikheyev, the Director General of Rosoboronexport, the country’s sole state intermediary agency for exports and imports of defence-related products,

Putin emphasizes the Positive in marathon question-and-answer show

  In his last scheduled televised question-and-answer session with the public before Russia's next presidential election in March 2018, President Vladimir Putin sought to convey confidence and competence. Putin responded to a wide range of questions in the four-hour Direct Line program on June 15, which was heavily stage-managed to depict him