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No Buildup of Russian Troops on Ukrainian Border – Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is not conducting any unusual or unplanned military activities near its border with Ukraine, the country’s foreign ministry said Wednesday, adding that attempts to accuse Moscow of building up troops in the region are unfounded. “The US and Ukraine have no reason to worry. Russia has said several

RIA Novosti: Russia Will Not Further Fortify Border With Ukraine

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MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has no plans to increase its fortifications along the border with Ukraine, a source in the the country’s Border Guard Service told RIA Novosti on Monday. “All the necessary measures have already been taken, no follow-up steps for fortifying the borders with Ukraine are being considered,” the source

In Sochi and Crimea, Cossacks Seek to Define Role in Society

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – D. Garrison Golubock – April 2, 2014) Dimiter Kenarov, a freelance reporter working in Crimea, was surprised to see a group of uniformed Cossacks hastily carrying cables and video equipment out of an Associated Press television studio. When he and another photographer attempted to document the incident, they found themselves

Interfax: Motorized infantry battalion returns home after training in Rostov region – Russian Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW. March 31 (Interfax) – A battalion of the Central Military District’s 15th separate motorized infantry brigade is retuning to its home base from the Kadamovsky training ground in the Rostov region. “The battalion has completed a field mission to the Kadamovsky training ground in the Rostov region and is returning to its home base

RIA Novosti: Ukraine Follows ‘Arab Spring’ Scenario – Russian Defense Minister

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KHUJAND, Tajikistan, April 1 (RIA Novosti) – A scenario similar to the Arab Spring has unfolded in crisis-hit Ukraine during and after the events leading up to the ouster of the country’s president in February, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. “With great sorrow, I noted that a scenario similar to the Arab Spring

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Assessing the Russian Military Threat to Eastern Ukraine

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 11, Issue 61 – Roger McDermott – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – April 1, 2014) Since late February, Russia’s Armed Forces have engaged in multiple military exercises, several snap inspections to test combat readiness, as well as an apparent “build-up” close to Ukraine’s eastern border. While President Vladimir Putin has remained

Russian Defense Ministry denies rumors about concentration of troops on Ukrainian border

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MOSCOW. March 23 (Interfax) – Russia has no plans to concentrate its troops on the Ukrainian border, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. “The Russian Defense Ministry observes all international agreements on the restriction of the number of troops in the areas bordering on Ukraine,” Antonov said on Sunday, commenting on the reports published

BNE: Russia won’t move into East Ukraine unless there is a massacre of its citizens – Sergei Mironov

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – March 20, 2014) “Russia won’t deploy troops in eastern Ukraine unless there is a “massacre” of its citizens there, says Sergei Mironov, leader of pro-Kremlin Just Russia party and a Putin ally, reports Bloomberg. “It would be highly undesirable and I think it’s unlikely, unless we see large-scale massacres,

Crimean Leader Appeals to Putin, Confirms Russian Troop Presence – RIA Novosti

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SIMFEROPOL, March 1 (RIA Novosti) – The Crimean Prime Minister said Saturday that Russian troops are operating on the Ukrainian peninsula and made a personal appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for more assistance. The Kremlin said in a subsequent statement that it would not ignore the request for help. Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russian military drills “unrelated” to Ukraine events

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – February 27, 2014) The surprise combat inspection of the country’s western and central military command will involve all wings of the Russian armed forces with over 150,000 personnel taking part. Although not connected to the drills, the developments in Crimea are being closely monitored by the Russian Defence

Russia Urges Dialogue on Ukraine Amid Military Fears

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – February 26, 2014) As uncertainty about Ukraine’s future grew on Tuesday and fears of separatism in Crimea increased, President Vladimir Putin remained silent – fueling speculation about what Russia’s next move could be to recoup potential losses from the ouster of Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych.

RIA Novosti: Russians Split on Military Draft – Survey

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MOSCOW, February 18 (RIA Novosti) – Russians are divided about the use of conscript soldiers in the army, according to a survey published Tuesday. A total of 48 percent of Russians believe the military draft should remain a key source of manpower for the army, while 40 percent think only professional contract soldiers should serve,

Divided by Borders, Afghan War Veterans Face Differing Challenges

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – D. Garrison Golubock – February 14, 2014) On Feb. 15, 1989, the last Soviet military formations departed from Afghanistan, leaving behind a country they had occupied for more than nine years and where more than 14,000 of their comrades-in-arms had died. Twenty-five years later, the Soviet Union has long since

RIA Novosti: Shoigu Says Rumors of Russian Military Downfall “Nonsense”

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KRASNOYARSK, February 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday dismissed as “utter nonsense” online rumors that the Russian armed forces are virtually non-existent. At a meeting with students in the Siberian city of Kransnoyarsk, Shoigu was asked to comment on online rumors that “there is nothing left, our army is a

Interfax: Russians doubt Oboronservice suspects will stand trial – poll

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MOSCOW. Feb 12 (Interfax) – Most Russians (74%) see no serious chance to investigate corruption at Oboronservice, Levada Center sociologists said. Some 41% of 1,603 respondents polled in 45 regions on January 24-27 presumed that Oboronservice and similar cases would be soft-pedaled. A third (33%) said scapegoats would be punished and senior officials would skip

RIA Novosti: Investigators Reopen Case Into Russian Defense Ministry Fraud

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MOSCOW, February 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russian investigators have reopened a probe into an alleged multimillion-ruble fraud at the Defense Ministry on the basis of one of the suspect’s testimonies, Kommersant newspaper reported Monday. One of the key figures in the case has claimed that the defense officials accused of masterminding the scheme were not

Russia Prioritizes Military Buildup as NATO Cuts Back

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – February 4, 2014) Russia, Asia and the Middle East are fueling a global upswing in defense expenditure, even as the member nations of the NATO alliance continue to cut their military budgets, according to international consultancy IHS Jane’s annual review, released Monday. But while other countries from

Interfax: Russia rebukes NATO for wasting time in European arms control talks

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(Interfax – Moscow, February 2, 2014) Russia has been waiting for two years for proposals from NATO on conventional arms control in Europe and further delay will reduce the chances of any possible talks being successful, Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Security and Disarmament Department, has said. “As far as we

Excerpts from transcript of [Putin] meeting with National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) students

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(Kremlin.ru – January 22, 2014) PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, everyone, The main reason for this meeting is to congratulate you on the upcoming holiday. As one would write in official documents, I want to congratulate you and in your person all of Russia’s students. I wish you the very best in your

Centenary of World War I Largely Ignored in Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Des Brown – January 20, 2014) British historian and journalist Sir Max Hastings has penned volumes chronicling World War II, Korean War and Falklands War.  His latest work, “Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914,” recounts the events of the first year of World War I and was published in September

RIA Novosti: Russia’s Defense Tsar Wants ‘Optimistic News Factory’

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MOSCOW, January 14 (RIA Novosti) ­ The Russian defense industry will create its own “news factory” to offset the “Russophobic” produce of state-owned television channels, a senior official said. Russian television revels in vulgarity and sensationalism, and its makers show “disdain for everything created by domestic labor and Russia’s great culture,” said Deputy Prime Minister

Russia’s shiny new weapons

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(opendemocracy.net – Mark Galeotti – January 10, 2014) Mark Galeotti is Professor of Global Affairs at New York University’s SCPS Center for Global Affairs. He blogs on Russian security affairs at In Moscow’s Shadows and tweets as @MarkGaleotti. His most recent book is Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Osprey, 2013) ‘Drones are not

Russian Navy to Expand Air Patrols in Arctic

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MOSCOW, January 3 (RIA Novosti) ­ Combat aircraft from Russia’s Northern Fleet will extend the ranges of their patrol flights over the Arctic in 2014 using a network of revamped Soviet-era airfields, the fleet’s spokesman said Friday. “In 2014, the naval aviation of the Northern Fleet will significantly expand the geography of Arctic patrol flights,

Geopolitics of military reform: Results of 2013

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Dmitry Litovkin, special to RBTH – December 25, 2013) Changes in Russia’s military this year defined not only the direction of development of the Russian Army, but also the growth of Moscow’s geopolitical ambitions. Comprehensive testing of the combat readiness of the Armed Forces; a large-scale rearmament of

Interfax: Amnesty fully applies to Serdyukov – source

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MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax) – The amnesty declared for the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution fully applies to former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, a source familiar with the situation has told Interfax. “He qualifies according to all criteria named in the amnesty, namely the crime he is charged with implies punishment of up to

Russia Beyond the Headlines/RIA Novosti : Should Russia fear the U.S. ‘Prompt Global Strike’?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines/RIA Novosti – rbth.ru – Konstantin Bogdanov, RIA Novosti – December 16, 2013) Russian officials have expressed their sharp criticism towards the U.S. plans for the so-called “Prompt Global Strike” initiative. Are they justified? What does this “Prompt Global Strike” represent, how can it interfere with the Russian plans and how can

RIA Novosti: Putin Says Bids to Gain Military Dominance Over Russia Futile

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MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) ­ President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday against foreign powers seeking to secure a military advantage over Russia and said any attempts to destroy the existing global strategic balance would be futile. Speaking in his annual State of the Nation address, Putin dismissed arguments that the proposed European missile shield is

Russian military returns to the Arctic

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Yulia Ponomareva, RBTH – December 12, 2013) Russia intends to deploy a military force on its northern coast to engage in the fight for control over promising oil and gas reserves in the Arctic Ocean. Russia will send a military force to be set up in the Artic

Interfax: Margelov: Russia needs sufficient potential to defend its geopolitical interests in Arctic

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MOSCOW. Dec 6 (Interfax) – Russia must be prepared to confront international rivalry in the Arctic, which is a priority of its geopolitical agenda, Federation Council International Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov told Interfax. “This is a topical agenda considering the expected effects of global warming on the Arctic zone. It is necessary to maintain

RIA Novosti: Ex-Defense Minister To Be Formally Charged Friday ­ Source

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MOSCOW, December 5 (RIA Novosti) ­ Investigators plan to formally charge a former Russian defense minister with negligence on Friday, according to a police source familiar with the situation. Investigators said last week they were opening a criminal case on negligence charges against Anatoly Serdyukov over claims he caused 56 million rubles ($1.7 million) of

Interfax: NATO’s refusal to adapt CFE harms conventional arms control – Grushko

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BRUSSELS. Dec 2 (Interfax) – The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) cannot be restored the way it used to be; the treaty became totally obsolete, which was declared back in 1996 when a decision on the parameters of its crucial modernization was made, Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko told Interfax

Interfax: Russia’s defense spending to amount to 2.3 trillion rubles in 2013 – Putin

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SOCHI. Nov 29 (Interfax) – The Russian state is spending huge money on modernizing its armed forces, and therefore all goals that have been set must be attained, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “The overall volume of the [Defense] Ministry budget in 2003 was 600 billion rubles, and this year, following the last adjustment of

Interfax: Militarization of Arctic region is overdramatized – Russian experts

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MOSCOW. Nov 28 (Interfax) – Experts of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) see no reason to speak about the militarization or a threat of military confrontation in the Arctic region. “This is taken as part of usual measures of each state to ensure its interests, including the military element,” RIAC president Igor Ivanov told

Interfax: Russians like Shoigu as defense minister more than Serdyukov – poll

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MOSCOW. Nov 28 (Interfax) – Russians are increasingly positive about the situation in the Russian Army now that a year has passed since Sergei Shoigu’s appointment to the post of defense minister, a poll conducted by VTsIOM shows. Shoigu was appointed defense minister on November 6, 2012 after President Vladimir Putin dismissed Anatoly Serdyukov from

RIA Novosti: Arctic Made Priority for Russian Navy in 2014

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MOSCOW, December 2 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russian naval forces are set to make the Arctic a priority region, boosting combat training and scouting lesser-known areas of the icy territory in 2014, a navy spokesman said Monday. The Northern Fleet will conduct sailing and diving expeditions in the Arctic and develop a series of ice-class patrol

Russia to Build Disposal Facility for Soviet-Era Nuclear Waste

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MOSCOW, November 22 (RIA Novosti) ­ A spokesman for Russia’s state nuclear corporation said Friday that a facility for the disposal of Soviet-era radioactive waste is to be built in the country’s Far East. Officials said they made the announcement to quell media speculation that a site was being set aside for the dumping of

Pentagon Says It Won’t Buy More Russian Copters After Protests

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Tony Capaccio – November 13, 2013) The Pentagon won’t buy more Mi-17 helicopters from Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-owned export company, after completing a $572 million contract signed in June, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman. “The department has re-evaluated requirements in consultation with Congress,” spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said in an e-mailed statement.

Cancerous Corruption Pervades Russia’s Defense Sector

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 10, Issue 203 – Roger McDermott – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – November 12, 2013) Since President Vladimir Putin appointed Sergei Shoigu to be Russia’s defense minister in November 2012, the defense ministry leadership has resorted to Soviet-era “snap inspections” of its Armed Forces to raise combat readiness and gain additional

RIA Novosti: Sergei Shoigu’s First Year as Defense Minister: Preliminary Results

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(RIA Novosti – Aleksey Mukhin – November 5, 2013) A news conference ­ Sergei Shoigu: A year as Defense Minister. Performance results ­ was held at the RIA Novosti multimedia press center. During the event, General Director of the Center for Political Information and Valdai Club expert Alexei Mukhin presented a report on the activities

RIA Novosti: Russia Unprepared for War in Arctic

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MOSCOW, November 5 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia is unprepared for a war in the Arctic, a government report says. The country, which has the longest Arctic border, would be unable to quickly respond to an attack in the area, the Regional Development Ministry said in an assessment of risks to economic interests in the Far

Arctic resources: Any competitors in sight for Russia?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Maria Karnaukh, special to RBTH – November 1, 2013) Many countries would like to tap into the Arctic’s vast hydrocarbon resources, but Russia is the only nation so far to have risked hefty investments in the region. Experts wonder whether Moscow will be successful in selling Arctic oil

Shoigu Opts for Mystical Defense Plans (Part One); Russian defense expenditures prove too low to maintain sufficient military training levels

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 10, Issue 193 – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Roger McDermott – October 29, 2013) As the anniversary approaches in November 2013, marking one year since President Vladimir Putin sacked Anatoly Serdyukov and appointed Sergei Shoigu as Russia’s defense minister, evidence is mounting to indicate that the change may not herald

New defense minister continues dialogue with NATO

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Viktor Litovkin, special to RBTH – October 29, 2013) At a NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels, the Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu offered the international community assistance in destroying Syrian chemical weapons and expressed his hope to resume Russia-NATO dialogue on ABMs in Europe. Last week, Brussels

RIA Novosti: Quarter of Russia’s Budget to Become Classified by 2016

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(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, October 14, 2013) ­ Almost one-quarter of government spending in Russia is to become classified within the next three years, according to findings by a Moscow research institute that will raise concerns of decreasing economic transparency in a country already plagued by corruption. Vedomosti business daily said in a report Monday,

RIA Novosti: Russian Nuclear Arms, Defence Spending To Rise 50-60 Per Cent Over Three Years

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, October 8, 2013) The Russian Federation’s annual spending on the nuclear arms complex is to be increased by more than 50 per cent in the next three years, says the appraisal report by from the State Duma Committee for Defense on the draft federal budget for 2014 and the planning period

Putin chief of staff: 1993 constitution saves Russia’s ‘sovereignty and unity’

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, September 26, 2013) President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff has credited Russia’s 1993 constitution with making it possible to “preserve the sovereignty and unity of Russia.” “The constitution has made it possible to preserve the sovereignty and unity of Russia. It has made it possible to step back from a very dangerous

Putin Outlines Priorities of Russia’s Presidency in CSTO

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(RIA Novosti – SOCHI, September 23, 2013) ­ Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday named Russia’s priorities during its presidency in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of former Soviet states. The CSTO Council, the organization’s supreme ruling body comprising leaders of the six member states, gathered in the Black Sea resort

Russian premier admits spending on army comes before welfare

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(Interfax – September 23, 2013) Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev has acknowledged that security and the armed forces are a priority for state spending and social needs will have to take their place in the queue, Interfax news agency reported on 23 September. “I hope that after we complete the reorganization and restructuring of the

Russia building its military presence in the Arctic

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Dmitry Litovkin, special to RBTH  - September 17, 2013) Petr Veliky, the most powerful ship in the Russian navy, recently crossed the Northern Sea Route for the first time. Although the event was virtually unnoticed amid the escalating military conflict in Syria, pundits believe its implications are also

Interfax: Kremlin aide [Sergei Ivanov]: attempts to export democracy via war don’t work

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(Interfax – STOCKHOLM. September 21, 2013) The Kremlin chief of staff has argued that foreign military intervention can neither democratize countries ruled by dictatorial regimes nor resolve domestic conflicts. “There hasn’t been any more democracy and freedom where military recipes were used, let’s not be hypocritical about that,” Sergei Ivanov said at the Global Strategic

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